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9:55 PM ET, January 15, 2014


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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.
The Hill:   House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote
Alex Roarty /
NRCC Blacklists Conservative Firm Jamestown for Fighting Republican Incumbents
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The GOP's Obama obsession
The Hill:
Democrats hope Obama meeting means more humility in 2014
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid's unemployment bet
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
Mark Murray /
Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (so far)  —  Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.  In addition, 44 percent …
Special counsel named in New Jersey bridge probe
Jack Shafer:
All lanes close in on Christie
The Hill:
Armed Services Chairman McKeon retiring  —  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announced his retirement on Wednesday, according to two sources close to McKeon.  —  “Mr. McKeon will be making his announcement tomorrow morning that he'll be retiring,” a source close to McKeon tells The Hill.
Buck McKeon won't seek reelection
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman: Limiting Abortion ‘Promotes Job Creation’  —  Democratic opponents of a new anti-abortion bill moving through the House of Representatives criticized Republicans on Wednesday for fast-tracking a socially divisive piece of legislation that “does not create a single job.”
Congressman's New Jobs Plan: Deny Women Access To Abortion So They Can Make More Babies  —  During a debate over an anti-abortion bill currently advancing in Congress, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) suggested that Republicans support restricting access to abortion because it will ultimately benefit the economy if women have more children.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Wendy Davis's Campaign Mocks Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed  —  Wendy Davis's campaign spin on her fundraising numbers is impressive.  She wants you to know that she raised $12 million to Republican Greg Abbot's $11.5 million.  What she is hoping you will ignore, and which much of the press will ignore …
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Wendy Davis outraises Greg Abbott in Texas gov race
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 would extend the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), slated to end Jan. 31, until March 15.
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:   Another 25 million ObamaCare victims
Benjy Sarlin /
This Democrat thinks he can win in 2016 as the anti-Obama  —  Brian Schweitzer, the former two-term Democratic governor of Montana, is rarely speechless.  Once he gets going on a topic, he's almost impossible to stop.  As he builds up steam, he'll slap his knee to emphasize his points.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Marijuana politics  —  So the POLITICO homepage has gone to pot: Darren Samuelsohn and Byron Tau report on how states are taking the lead on the legalization campaign; Reid Cherlin investigates the legal nightmare this creates between state and federal law — the consequences are far-ranging …
Christopher Weiss / ABC News:
Americans Split Evenly on Legalizing Marijuana
Discussion: Politico
The Atlantic Online:
What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe  —  Before  —  Thursday into Friday, my head cold got worse, so on Friday morning I walked down to a bar-cafe-restaurant in my neighborhood.  I had been there for a few hours when youthful, vigorous men and women wearing …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Dr. King Had a ‘Dream,’ Obama Has a ‘Drone’  —  President Barack Obama's former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is back in the news this week, but this time it's for some highly critical comments he made about the president at an event for the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday.
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Source: Missing U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in video  —  Washington (CNN) — The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  —  A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho …
Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Environment Chapter  —  WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report.  The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially …
Fawn Johnson /
Inside Boehner's Election-Year Immigration Strategy  —  The speaker's looking to test the waters ahead of primaries, and he'll score a political win no matter how it turns out.  —  John Boehner is planning to unveil a set of Republican principles for immigration reform before President Obama's State …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Washington Wire:
Gates: Syria Red Line Was ‘Serious Mistake’  —  Video: Gates on why it was a mistake to declare a red line in Syria.  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it was a “serious mistake” for the Obama administration to declare a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria …
Molly Redden / Mother Jones:
GOP Congressional Candidate: Spousal Rape Shouldn't Be a Crime  —  Virginia state Sen. Dick Black fought to block a statue of Lincoln and invited a video crew to film him watching violent rape porn on a library computer.  Now he's looking for a promotion.  —  Republican attorney general …
Pics of Marines Burning Bodies Trigger U.S. Military Investigation [PHOTOS]  —  PICS OF MARINES BURNING BODIES  —  Trigger U.S. Military Investigation [PHOTOS]  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  The United States military is conducting a formal investigation into American soldiers burning the dead bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents.
Discussion: RT, Guardian and Liberaland
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH House effort to legalize pot faces long odds
Discussion: Liberaland and Mashable
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food
Discussion: The Dish
The Huffington Post:
Mastermind Of The Sept. 11 Attacks Wants To Convert His Captors
Discussion: Jihad Watch, and Mediaite
Shayna Jacobs / NY Daily News:
Pervy former Mount Sinai urologist pleads guilty to filming up a woman's skirt at Union Square subway station
Discussion: Gothamist
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Ed Cox: There's A Healthy Dose Of Skepticism That Donald Trump Will Run For Governor
Discussion: Politico, Liberaland and The Week
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Shaheen, Hassan lead opponents
 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Vermeule / The New Republic:
The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Michael Wolff / Slate:
Gabriel Sherman's biography of Roger Ailes.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NJ Democrat Swears He Didn't Mean To Fist Bump With Christie
Discussion: WNYC and Liberaland
Washington Post:
Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented
Tim Alberta /
Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't ‘Hard-Core’ Enough
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem
Discussion: ABC News, Firedoglake, Politico and CBS DC