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11:05 PM ET, January 17, 2014

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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
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Washington Post:
Transcript of President Obama's Jan. 17 speech on NSA reforms  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks on changes to National Security Agency programs Jan. 17 at the Justice Department in Washington.  Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
Skip Navigation / ACLU:
ACLU Comment on President's NSA Speech
New York Times:
Obama Calls for Overhaul of N.S.A.'s Phone Data Collection Program
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Obama's Full Speech On NSA Surveillance Reforms
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
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 …
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Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down as Judge Cites Burden on Citizens
Discussion: The Raw Story
CNN:
Supreme Court to take major look at privacy in digital age
Discussion: The Verge
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down voter ID law
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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.
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.
New York Times:
The Inequality Problem  —  Suddenly the whole world is talking about income inequality.  But, as this debate goes on, it is beginning to look as though the thing is being misconceived.  The income inequality debate is confusing matters more than clarifying them, and it is leading us off in unhelpful directions.
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CEPR:
David Brooks' Primitive Defense of the Rich
Discussion: Business Insider and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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: Yahoo! News and Lawfare
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.  —  Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana …
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
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
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Tony Romm / Politico:
NSA decision triggers more telecom questions
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Millionaire Ga. GOPer Backs Wall Street Bailout — Not Detroit's
Alexander Furnas / The Atlantic Online:
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Weekly Standard:
Unwinding Obamacare  —  Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition.
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Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Marine Corps Tweets “Lone Shooter” Joke — For MLK Day
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TheBlaze.com:
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Economist:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Hiroo Onoda, Soldier Who Hid in Jungle for Decades, Dies at 91
Discussion: Althouse
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP trying to chop down Reid's amendment tree
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico