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9:50 PM ET, January 21, 2014


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Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein  —  The Washington Post would do anything for Ezra Klein.  Well, almost anything.  —  For nearly five years, the Post has steered a bounty of financial resources to its star economics columnist and blogger.  It has allowed him to have a contributor deal with MSNBC …
WashPost PR:
The Volokh Conspiracy joins The Washington Post  —  The Washington Post today announced a partnership with The Volokh Conspiracy, a blog that covers law, public policy, politics, culture and other topics.  —  Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA, founded the blog in April 2002 …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
In Brazil, you can always find the Amazon — in America, the Amazon finds you  —  We began this blog in April 2002, when it was just the Volokh Brothers.  That's almost 12 years of blogging.  (How can it have been that long?)  —  In the course of these years, we've tried various experiments.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Leaving Washington Post  —  Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and pundit who runs The Washington Post's Wonkblog, will leave the newspaper, taking two of his colleagues with him, according to an internal memo sent on Tuesday.  —  Mr. Klein is “looking to start his own news organization …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ezra Klein out at Washington Post
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case  —  View Photo Gallery — McDonnell's time in office comes to a close: Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him.  Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cuccinelli: Christie Should Step Down As RGA Chair (VIDEO)  —  Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Tuesday called on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to step down from his role as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association due to the the impact the bridge scandal …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should quit RGA gig
Discussion: CNN
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE JACKBOOT OF ANDREW CUOMO … The conservative capacity for driving nails into their own palms may well be limitless.  The latest dictator to place these stout yeopersons under the heel of his nicely cobbled boots is Andrew Cuomo, prince regent of New York.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Cuomo Backtracks: ‘It Is Fine’ to Be Anti-Gun Control, Anti-Choice
Jeffrey Poor / BREITBART.COM:
Amy Wallace / GQ Magazine Online:
The GQ Cover Story: Katy Perry  —  Not very long ago, she was strumming a guitar on the street and getting paid in avocados.  Today she's the most cartoonishly ubiquitous pop star on Earth.  Katy Perry gives Amy Wallace an earful about aliens (real), her world-famous body (real), her …
Julie Strietelmeier / The Gadgeteer:
AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user  —  A long time Gadgeteer reader contacted me today through Google Hangouts to tell me that he had a story that he thought I'd be interested in reading.  He then forwarded me a long email with a story from a very good friend of his.
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Claims Self-Defense After Hopping A Fence To Shoot, Kill 21-Year-Old In A Hoodie  —  On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard.  He didn't appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts.  He didn't appear to be threatening anybody.
Wendy Davis: “empowerment” and the poor little woman; “struggle” and the man  —  There's a lot in the Wendy Davis story besides Davis and her constructed and false “narrative.”  Here is one of Davis' most recent official statements on the matter, a little masterpiece of accusing the accusers:
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Accused of Blurring Facts of Stirring Life Story, Texas Lawmaker Offers Chronology
Julee Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits On A ‘Black Woman’ Chair In Shocking Editorial (PHOTO)  —  How's this for a happy MLK Day?  —  The online magazine Buro 247 has published a story about Dasha Zhukova, the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, which shows …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Tim Scott responds to NAACP insult: Reminds ‘me and others of what not to do’  —  Tuesday, South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott slammed the NAACP chapter president who called him a ventriloquist's dummy for the tea party.  —  According to Scott, North Carolina NAACP President …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie?  Really Bad.  —  Without the scandal-engulfed New Jersey governor, Republicans don't have a candidate who could even come close to the votes needed to win the presidency in 2016.  —  Well, well, well, today is an interesting day: it's Chris Christie's re-inauguration day.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare in Red and Blue America: Two Charts Tell the Story  —  Everybody knows that red state officials aren't enthusiastic about Obamacare.  Some of them are even trying to undermine it.  But are they succeeding?  Are they actually holding back the law?
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Dish
Mark Puente / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House candidate Joshua Black calls for hanging of President Obama  —  ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion  —  Washington (CNN) - A faction of conservatives will introduce a resolution at this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee urging GOP candidates to speak up about abortion and respond forcefully against Democratic efforts …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Jurors Can't Be Excluded Because They Are Gay  —  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issues broad ruling providing “heightened scrutiny” protection for sexual orientation discrimination claims.  —  Members of the public cast shadows as they line up in front …
Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: New video shows mayor rambling, slurring his words  —  Mayor Rob Ford is seen speaking incoherently in a new video apparently taken at a Rexdale restaurant early Tuesday morning. … A video titled “New video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford drunk, swearing in Jamaican Patois?” surfaced on YouTube January 21, 2014.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Lede
Ben Kamisar / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler, criticizing the Affordable Care Act in 2012, has pointed to a jump in the cost of his policy.  —  WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare.  Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is.
NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend  —  NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.  —  With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, ABC News and NBCNews
Greg Argos / KPHO-TV:
ASU fraternity suspended after ‘offensive’ MLK party  —  A representative for Arizona State University said school officials have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter operations while they investigate an unregistered Greek event that has many on campus offended.
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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
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