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9:30 AM ET, January 15, 2014


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The GOP's Obama obsession  —  It's just two weeks into 2014, but House Republicans are already convinced that the key to winning November's elections is to talk about President Barack Obama as much as possible.  —  In both public and private discussions, Obama remains the single-minded obsession of all top House Republicans.
Obama's plan to save the Senate  —  President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate's tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.  —  And unlike previous years when Senate Democrats were mostly left to fight on their own …
Discussion: CNN, Capitol Report, WJLA-TV and The Hill
The Hill:
Monsieur le Président plus one for White House state dinner  —  The French president's burgeoning sex scandal is emerging as a diplomatic headache for the White House amid uncertainty as to whom exactly François Hollande plans to bring to next month's state dinner.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP to use economy as weapon  —  House Republican leaders are increasingly confident the economy will be a winning issue for their party in the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Republicans believe they can exploit the underlying weakness of the job market and argue voters should expect …
They Lied  —  Obamacare's 12 false premises and broken promises  —  Peter Suderman from the February 2014 issue  —  On November 7, President Barack Obama made a first tentative stab at an apology for the fact that, despite his often-repeated assurances to the contrary …
Associated Press:
First lady Michelle Obama won't rule out plastic surgery, Botox
Discussion: TIME and Politico
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
Obama gives Miami Heat a White House welcome
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
The Raw Story:
White House supports Senator Rand Paul's bill to officially end U.S. Iraq war authority
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Christie faces speculation about aides' real motives in New Jersey bridge scandal  —  TRENTON, N.J. — Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) struggled Tuesday to regain his footing, giving an address in which he called upon the state to refocus on his agenda.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:   Christie's Office Blasts ‘Wild-Eyed Conspiracy’ Theories In Bridge Scandal
Ted Mann / Metropolis:
Christie, Official Who Arranged Bridge Closures Were Together During Fiasco
George Packer / News Desk:
The Trouble with Christie
Discussion: CNN, Balloon Juice and New York Times
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:   Christie's Next Lesson: How to Apologize
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Gay Marriage Ban
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Raw Story
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Ads Attacking Health Law Stagger Outspent Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Booman Tribune
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's visit to North Carolina may be awkward for Democratic senator  —  President Obama comes to a struggling North Carolina with an economic message, but the state's Democratic senator, facing reelection, won't be there.  —  President Obama unveiled his jobs bill in Raleigh, N.C., in 2011.
New York Times:
N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Virginia's Moran Announces Retirement From Congress  —  Moran will leave Congress after 2014.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.
Discussion: National Review
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Rep. Jim Moran won't seek reelection  —  Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) will not seek another term in Congress.  —  “After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it's time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge.
Tampa Bay Times:
Stand Your Ground already an issue in theater shooting  —  TAMPA — Soon after authorities say a retired Tampa police captain shot a fellow moviegoer over a cell phone dispute Monday, a question now common in Florida arose:  —  Could the shooter be defended under Stand Your Ground?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
WH delays another ObamaCare deadline  —  The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it was again extending the ObamaCare enrollment deadline for people with pre-existing conditions.  —  The administration said it will extend the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), slated to end January 31, until March 15.
Erik Wemple:
Politico's Mike Allen and Fox News PR  —  In Sunday's edition of “Playbook,” Politico's Mike Allen included a massive excerpt of the new biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes by journalist Gabriel Sherman, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News-and Divided a Country.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post, Politico Editors To Meet After Bombshell Mike Allen Reports (UPDATE: Allen Speaks Out)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
NSA can't say if it collected data on lawmakers, officials  —  The National Security Agency said it is lawfully unable to search its database to determine if it has swept up phone records from members of Congress or other elected officials.  —  NSA Director Keith Alexander said, however …
Discussion: RT and emptywheel
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules  —  Broadband providers aren't “common carriers,” court says, and that makes all the difference in a decision certain to shake up the fixed broadband and wireless industries.  —  A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday struck …
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Court strikes down net neutrality
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Albuquerque Journal:
State Police: Suspect used .20-gauge shotgun in Roswell shooting  —  Kimberly Macias, 13, breaks down Tuesday night as she sees classmates at a vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell.  Macias knew both the shooting suspect and victims and witnessed the incident Tuesday morning.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Branstad expected to announce bid for historic sixth term Wednesday
Discussion: The Fix
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
Paul Ryan's Proposed War on Poverty Is Hobbled by Conservative Ideology
Discussion: Washington Wire
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Judge Reinstates Some Federal Oversight of Voting Practices for an Alabama City
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Daily Beast
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly wins GOP primary in Florida
Discussion: CNN
David Nir / Daily Kos:
Daily Kos Elections House race ratings: Initial ratings for 2014
Discussion: Moe Lane and National Review
The Hill:
Democrats on Hillary Clinton's ‘hit list’ seek to return to her good graces
 Earlier Items: 
The Charlotte Observer:
The best, imperfect 12th District solution
Discussion: Post Politics and Facing South
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks jobless aid
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, ThinkProgress and CNN
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Watch Members Of Congress Read Mean Tweets About Themselves
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
GOP Senate Candidate Complained of Lack of Muslim Movie Villains
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Howard Kurtz Lied About Business Ties To Fox News Contributor