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4:35 AM ET, January 17, 2014


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Journalism has died’ at New York Times: Graham, McCain slam Benghazi report  —  Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain harshly criticized The New York Times on Thursday over a recent report which concluded that Al Qaeda was not involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon's hands tied on hunting down Benghazi attackers
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Stevens Cabled Washington: CIA Says ‘AQ [Al Qaeda] Training Camps Within Benghazi’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Initial Thoughts on the Proposed Amendments to the Voting Rights Act  —  I have now had a chance to review the text the Voting Rights Amendments Act of 2014 introduced today by Representatives Sensenbrenner and Conyers (with parallel legislation being introduced by Senator Leahy in the Senate).
Discussion: Guardian
Ari Berman /
Members of Congress Introduce a new Fix for the Voting Rights Act  —  Marchers at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, August 24, 2013.  (REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)  —  Today Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Patrick Leahy …
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (Updated)
CNN exclusive: Port Authority job created for Christie ally, source says  —  Who's who in Christie bridge scandal  —  (CNN) — Give him a position at the top of the agency; he's a good friend of the governor.  —  That's how David Wildstein was introduced to the Port Authority of New York …
Marist Poll:
1/15: NBC News/Marist Poll: Are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Political Plans Bottlenecked?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
What Christie Did To Get A Reputation As A Political Bully Even In College
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Alan Duke / CNN:
'Gilligan's' ‘professor’ dies  —  (CNN) — Actor Russell Johnson, best known as Professor in the 1960s TV sitcom “Gilligan's Island,” died Thursday, his agent said.  Johnson was 89.  —  Johnson played the iconic role of Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued …
Alan Johnson / The Columbus Dispatch:
Killer struggles, gasps repeatedly under new 2-drug combination  —  Editor's note: Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson witnessed today's execution.  —  LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Dennis McGuire struggled, repeatedly gasping loudly for air and making snorting and choking sounds, before succumbing to a new two-drug execution method today.
Discussion: New York Times and NBCNews
Associated Press:
Executed Ohio killer Dennis McGuire took 15 minutes to die with never-before-tried drugs
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dana Ford / CNN:
Ohio killer executed
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep  —  The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Today I Briefed Congress on the NSA  —  This morning I spent an hour in a closed room with six Members of Congress: Rep. Lofgren, Rep. Sensenbrenner, Rep. Scott, Rep. Goodlate, Rep Thompson, and Rep. Amash.  No staffers, no public: just them.  Lofgren asked me to brief her and a few Representatives on the NSA.
Discussion: Firedoglake, emptywheel and Techdirt
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Even Worse Than We Thought  —  Fascinating email from TPM Reader DW about the sheer level of attempted sabotage down at the ground level in GOP-run Obamacare rejectionist states.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Rogers / Politico:
Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill  —  A landmark $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared Congress Thursday evening after conservative resistance collapsed in the Senate and tea party favorite Ted Cruz dropped his insistence on a vote on funding for President Barack Obama's health care plan.
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Movie mogul says new Streep film to make NRA 'wish they weren't alive'  —  Producer reveals secret project to Howard Stern  —  Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern's radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
Ben White / Politico:
How Washington beat Wall Street  —  NEW YORK — In 2009, Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks hoping to blow up the kind of high-risk, high-reward strategies that helped spark the financial crisis.  Five years later, that war is largely over.  And Washington won in a blowout.
Discussion: Capitol Report and AEIdeas
Gil Ronen / Agence France Presse:
Netanyahu Slams EU ‘Hypocrisy’ on Settlements  —  'When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?'  Prime Minister asks.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who's Rubin's Early Fave for '16?  —  One of the more amusing pastimes in Washington on slow news days is to observe how certain pundits who are only happy if they are shilling for a presidential campaign seem to be lining up early in the 2016 cycle.  Nobody was more prone to this malady …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Presidential contenders' travails in the Senate
Discussion: Booman Tribune
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Lauren Tannehill, wife of Dolphins quarterback, leaves rifle in rental car, deputies say  —  A New York mom vacationing in South Florida was expecting a healthy dose of sun, surf and fun.  Imagine her surprise when her daughter unzipped a bag in their rental Nissan Rogue and found a rifle — a big rifle.
Ashlei King / 6:
Author Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Speaks Out  —  The author behind Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is speaking out.  —  It's been a part of Oklahoma's constitution for ten years.  Now, it's been struck down by a federal judge.  —  That doesn't mean same-sex couples can run straight to the altar.
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
Discussion: The Verge
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun News:
Legalized medicinal pot has new supporter: Harry Reid
Mike Needham / The Heritage Foundation:
The Christmas Tree: Washington's Weapon Against Conservatives
Pavel Polityuk / Reuters:
Ukraine parliament pushes through sweeping anti-protest law
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Groundbreaking California measure would outlaw ‘affluenza’ defense
Discussion: Unfair Park and Politico
Kevin Werbach / The Atlantic Online:
The Court's Net-Neutrality Ruling Isn't Actually That Bad
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