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11:10 AM ET, January 18, 2014

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Steve Kornacki / msnbc.com:
Christie camp held Sandy relief money hostage, mayor alleges  —  Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor …
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Says Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End
Washington Post:
Transcript of President Obama's Jan. 17 speech on NSA reforms
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Wonkblog sells out.  —  Ezra Klein is back in line.  The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
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
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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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
After Leaving Office, Bloomberg Is More Hands-On at Old Company  —  At editorial meetings in Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters this week, Michael R. Bloomberg gave clear signs that he would not be taking a hands-off approach as he returned to his old company.  —  Just two week's removed from City Hall …
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 …
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Karen Langley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pennsylvania judge strikes down state's voter ID law
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
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: Re/code and TechCrunch
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
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes  —  So holds today's Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) (in which I represented the defendant).  To be precise, the Ninth Circuit concludes that all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press …
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.
 
 
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Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Trespasser Freed From Pipe At United Water Plant In New Jersey, Faces Criminal Charges
Discussion: Gothamist and Jihad Watch
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Club for Growth pans Lankford, Cole for Coburn seat
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Millionaire Ga. GOPer Backs Wall Street Bailout — Not Detroit's
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Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’
Weekly Standard:
Unwinding Obamacare  —  Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition.
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