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6:45 AM ET, January 6, 2014


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First on CNN: Liz Cheney to abandon Senate bid  —  New York (CNN) — Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN late Sunday.
Liz Cheney plans to exit Wyoming Senate race
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Bob Schieffer Calls Out Peggy Noonan For Smearing De Blasio As A ‘former Sandinista’  —  Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter and aide to President Ronald Reagan, was forced to backtrack and admit that she was wrong on Sunday after she called New York City Mayor a “former Sandinista.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Liberaland
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON'S SHADOW CAMPAIGN  —  Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington's Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.  —  Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans must choose ambition or caution in 2014  —  As House Republicans return to Washington for the new year, their leaders must decide how ambitious the party will be in the 10 months before their majority faces voters in November.  —  The smart money is on a cautious election-year strategy …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Woman Accidentally Shoots Husband In Arizona  —  A San Tan Valley, Ariz. woman, Melisah Havens, on Friday accidentally shot her husband outside their residence because she thought he was an intruder trying to burglarize her vehicle, police told KTVK Phoenix.
Discussion: Liberaland
Jennifer Thomas / KASW-TV:
PCSO: San Tan Valley woman arrested after shooting husband with shotgun
Discussion: Global Grind
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012  —  The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Brittany Green-Miner /
Same-sex marriage opponents call for an uprising  —  HIGHLAND, Utah - Billed as a call for an uprising, opponents of same-sex marriage gathered for a meeting in Highland on Saturday.  —  Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack spoke about issues concerning the U.S. Constitution, including same-sex marriage.
New York Post:
Slain slumlord found in trash has enemies list a mile long  —  Who DIDN'T want him dead?  The body of Menachem “Max” Stark was discovered smoldering in the trash Friday after he was thrown into this van and kidnapped off a Williamsburg street (left).  —  The millionaire Hasidic slumlord found burned …
John Rizzo / Politico:
I Could Have Stopped Waterboarding Before It Happened  —  An exclusive account from the CIA's former top lawyer.  —  In the weeks after 9/11, the name Abu Zubaydah seemed to pop up daily at the five o'clock meeting that CIA Director George Tenet convened each night with the Agency's counterterrorism brain trust.
Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress  —  If the president wants to change the health-care law, he must ask Congress to do it.  —  On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
PRESIDENT LEAVES HAWAII, MICHELLE OBAMA STAYS ON AS ‘BIRTHDAY PRESENT’  —  President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports.
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Strategies for sustainable growth  —  Lawrence Summers is a professor and past president at Harvard.  He was Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010.  —  Last month I argued that the U.S. and global economies may be in a period …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Austerity Flip-Flop  —  On April 28, 2013 Paul Krugman clearly said that 2013 was a test of market monetarism: … Yesterday (Jan 4, 2014) however, Paul Krugman, said: … There are two obfuscations here.  First, it wasn't the market monetarists who established the test it was Konczal …
Scott Sumner / EconLog:
Another disappointing reaction to The Great Market Monetarist Experiment
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion
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Agence France Presse:
Bangladesh ruling party defiant after vote bloodshed
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Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
California extends payment deadline for Obamacare policies to Jan. 15
Discussion: CBS Sacramento
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Romney Wishes He Could ‘Turn Back The Clock’
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Romney accepts MSNBC apology