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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Obama's NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify public  —  Obama is draping the banner of change over the NSA status quo.  Bulk surveillance that caused such outrage will remain in place  —  In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic.
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Skip Navigation / ACLU:
ACLU Comment on President's NSA Speech  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama today announced changes to some aspects of the NSA's surveillance programs and left others in place.  Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, had this reaction:
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
America's Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead  —  “I would love to put a bullet in his head,” one Pentagon official told BuzzFeed.  The NSA leaker is enemy No. 1 among those inside the intelligence world.  —  Snowden's Russian refugee document.  —  Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Obama's Full Speech On NSA Surveillance Reforms
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Obama calls for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down as Judge Cites Burden on Citizens  —  In a strongly worded decision, a state judge on Friday struck down Pennsylvania's 2012 law requiring voters to produce a state-approved photo ID at the polls, setting up a potential Supreme Court confrontation …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Karen Langley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down state's voter ID law  —  HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania judge has found the state's voter ID law unconstitutional.  —  According to the ruling from Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley, the requirement to present an acceptable form of identification when voting in person …
CNN:
Supreme Court to take major look at privacy in digital age  —  (CNN) — The Supreme Court will undertake a major examination of privacy in the digital age, after accepting review Friday of a pair of appeals over whether police must obtain a warrant to search data on the cellphone of a person under arrest.
Discussion: The Verge
Emily Schultheis / Politico:   Pennsylvania judge strikes down voter ID law
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Chris Christie's Crisis Plunges Republican Party Deeper Into The Wilderness  —  The establishment freaks out as another favorite son falls from grace.  “There are definitely people jumping ship.”  —  Lucas Jackson / Reuters / Reuters  —  In the immediate aftermath of their emphatic defeat in 2012 …
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Reuters:   Chris Christie Aides Subpoenaed In Bridge Scandal
Ruben Navarrette / CNN:   Christie bridge: Get over it  —  Political dirty tricks
ThinkProgress:
Company Behind West Virginia's Chemical Spill Files For Bankruptcy  —  According to the Charleston Gazette, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  —  On January 10, a tank owned by Freedom spilled 7,500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) …
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Kate White / Charleston Gazette:
Freedom Industries files for bankruptcy  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Freedom Industries, the company that fouled thousands of West Virginians' water with a chemical leak last week, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  —  The company's assets and liabilities are “unknown,” according to the filing.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Verge
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Hillary?  Really?  —  This week's Time magazine splashes the question on its cover: “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?”  The Weekly Standard is happy to provide our friends at Time with an answer to their query: Yes.  Hillary Clinton can be stopped.  How?  Let us count the ways.
Washington Post:
Iraq's Maliki says he has asked for weapons from U.S., will also seek training for troops  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq has asked the United States for new arms to beat back the dramatic resurgence of al-Qaeda-linked militants in a western province and would like U.S. troops to train its counter­terrorism forces …
Discussion: ABC News and Lawfare
ABC News:
50 Ways to Celebrate Michelle Obama's Birthday  —  First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 today, and although the big White House celebration planned by President Obama isn't until Saturday, that doesn't mean you have to wait to celebrate.  —  If your invite to Saturday's dance party in Washington went missing …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A First Lady at 50, Finding Her Own Path
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Judicial Giant Quietly Retired Under Investigation For Travel Expenses  —  When federal appellate court judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. announced his retirement in July, he was praised as “one of the giants of the Kentucky judiciary.”  —  But what was unknown publicly until Friday was that Martin left …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Andreessen Horowitz raising $1.5 billion for new fund  —  Andreessen Horowitz is raising its fourth fund in six years.  —  FORTUNE — Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the process of raising around $1.5 billion for its fourth fund, Fortune has learned.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Re/code
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Club for Growth pans Lankford, Cole for Coburn seat  —  Oklahoma Republican Reps. Tom Cole and James Lankford could have difficulty picking up conservative support, if they try to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).  —  Coburn's retirement is likely to set off a GOP primary scramble …
CNN:
2 students shot in Philadelphia high school gym; suspect nabbed  —  (CNN) — A student pulled a handgun Friday afternoon inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, firing and hitting two students, police said.  —  The injured boy and girl, each 15, were transported in stable condition …
Discussion: Liberaland
CEPR:
David Brooks' Primitive Defense of the Rich  —  David Brooks is sweating hard trying to defend the one percent against the rest of the country and reality.  His column today desperately warns readers:  —  “Some on the left have always tried to introduce a more class-conscious style of politics.
Discussion: Business Insider and Shakesville
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tony Romm / Politico:
NSA decision triggers more telecom questions
Discussion: American Spectator
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Millionaire Ga. GOPer Backs Wall Street Bailout — Not Detroit's
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
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Weekly Standard:
Unwinding Obamacare  —  Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition.
Discussion: AEIdeas
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Marine Corps Tweets “Lone Shooter” Joke — For MLK Day
Discussion: Mediaite
Gregory D. Johnsen / BuzzFeed:
60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History
Discussion: Balloon Juice
TheBlaze.com:
SENATE PASSES $1.1 TRILLION OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL: HERE ARE THE 17 GOP SENATORS WHO HELPED PASS IT
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Campbell Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Keeping Sex Predators Out of Schoolrooms