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1:15 AM ET, January 22, 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:
Top Wonkblog Columnist to Leave 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 …
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 …
Wendy Davis / Wendy Davis for Texas:
An Open Letter from Wendy Davis  —  As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate.  But now they've stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story - playing politics with the journey that has been my life.
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:
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Wendy Davis Slams Paraplegic Opponent: 'Hasn't Walked a Day in My Shoes'  —  Wendy Davis is under fire following a Dallas Morning News report that found a number of factual discrepancies in the personal narrative she has made a centerpiece of her long-shot campaign for Texas governor.
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Accused of Blurring Facts of Stirring Life Story, Texas Lawmaker Offers Chronology
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should quit RGA gig  —  Former Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that it “makes sense” for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to step down from his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Discussion: CNN
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cuccinelli: Christie Should Step Down As RGA Chair (VIDEO)
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats hope to derail Chris Christie campaign
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Bashing the Liberal Media Won't Save Chris Christie  —  In fact, it's likely to doom his 2016 chances  —  On Saturday, Chris Christie opened a new front in the campaign to save his political career.  The governor attacked MSNBC, a one-time booster that has morphed into the leading cable instigator …
Discussion: Politico, TIME and The Fix
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
TIME:   GOP Takes a Page Out of Democrats' Senate Playbook
Shooting reported at Purdue University  —  (CNN) — A suspect was in custody after a reported shooting on the campus of Purdue University, a spokeswoman for the Indiana school said Tuesday afternoon.  —  The shooting was reported around noon ET at an electrical engineering building …
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.
Dave Ress / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Roanoke College poll shows Warner with commanding lead in Senate race  —  The first poll out after GOP heavy hitter Ed Gillespie formally announced he will challenge Sen Mark Warner's bid for re-election gives Warner a nearly 30 percentage point lead.  —  The Roanoke College poll …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
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: ABC News, NBCNews and ThinkProgress
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Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Snowden Calls Russian-Spy Story “Absurd”
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Mythbusters  —  Bill and Melinda Gates and 27 other thinkers …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Teen employment and the minimum wage: sixty years of experience
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Bill Gates Backs Marijuana Legalization In His State
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
David Vitter Announces Run for Governor
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Argos / KPHO-TV:
ASU fraternity suspended after ‘offensive’ MLK party
Mike Needham / The Federalist:
Conservative Reformers Need To Make DC Listen
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Says Jurors Can't Be Excluded Because They Are Gay
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare in Red and Blue America: Two Charts Tell the Story
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Dish
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Cuomo Backtracks: ‘It Is Fine’ to Be Anti-Gun Control, Anti-Choice