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10:05 AM ET, January 22, 2014


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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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Politico telling the full story about Wendy Davis?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL POLITICO TEXAS 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS CHRIS CHRISTIE WENDY DAVIS  —  There has been lots of coverage in Politico on the charges against New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and members of his staff.
Discussion: neo-neocon and National Review
Wendy Davis: “empowerment” and the poor little woman; “struggle” and the man
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Wendy Davis Slams Paraplegic Opponent: 'Hasn't Walked a Day in My Shoes'
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 …
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
Discussion: Althouse
Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Top Wonkblog Columnist to Leave Washington Post
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 …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Gov. Chris Christie sworn in for second term, cancels inauguration party due to snow
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should quit RGA gig
Discussion: CNN
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Cuccinelli: Christie Should Step Down As RGA Chair (VIDEO)
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats hope to derail Chris Christie campaign
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Daily Beast
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 …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Former Virginia Governor And Wife Indicted On 14 Felony Counts Over Gifts Scandal
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.
CBC News:
Rob Ford admits to drinking ‘a little bit’ after new video surfaces  —  After swearing off alcohol, mayor admits to drinking ‘a little bit’ on Monday night  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to drinking alcohol Monday night, after a YouTube video appeared today showing him at a restaurant swearing …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Supreme Court Case That Could Clobber Public-Sector Unions  —  William Messenger of the National Right to Work Committee asked the Supreme Court today to hold that public employee unions are unconstitutional.  —  “This is—I'm just going to use the word here, it is a radical argument.
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Report: Obama can advance climate agenda without Congress  —  Despite meeting fierce opposition from the GOP in 2013, a group of clean energy experts, business leaders and former government officials believe President Obama's climate agenda has been and will continue to be successful in the coming year.
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
New York Post:
De Blasio ‘getting back at us’ by not plowing: UES residents  —  It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!  —  Huge swaths of the city's wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold …
The Hill:
Podesta sharpens WH focus for midterms  —  John Podesta's fingerprints are all over the White House agenda just three weeks into his tenure.  —  The White House has focused on income inequality and executive action since President Obama's new adviser came on at the beginning of the year …
Discussion: The Plum Line, ABC News and Politico
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief ‘outraged’ by NSA activities  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was “literally outraged” when he first learned that American and British spies were tapping into the firm's data.  —  In an interview with The Guardian published on Tuesday, Schmidt said he and other Google executives have …
Discussion: Guardian
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Snowden Calls Russian-Spy Story “Absurd”  —  Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, strongly denies allegations made by the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story—on Your Phone  —  More than 50 percent of Buzzfeed's traffic comes from mobile visits.  And that includes stories that are thousands of words long.  —  Earlier this month, Buzzfeed published a piece called “Why I Bought a House in Detroit for $500.”
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start  —  Beset by scandals new and ghosts of old, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie may find spin and innuendo used against them to capsize their presidential campaigns early.  —  The political camps of the two most credible and talked about candidates …
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Washington Post:
Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Discussion: Hot Air and emptywheel
Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Citizens United changed politics, in 6 charts
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Sorry, America Isn't Destined To Be More Liberal
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Dawn News:
Three killed in attack on polio team in Karachi
Discussion: emptywheel and Jihad Watch
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 45.8% Job Approval in Year Five
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie's 2014 inauguration: Read the governor's speech
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Secret Service Visits GOP Candidate Who Advocated Obama's Execution
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Ress / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Roanoke College poll shows Warner with commanding lead in Senate race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Claims Self-Defense After Hopping A Fence To Shoot, Kill 21-Year-Old In A Hoodie
Ben Kamisar / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare