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10:15 AM ET, January 22, 2014


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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.
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
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Wendy Davis Slams Paraplegic Opponent: 'Hasn't Walked a Day in My Shoes'
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
TODAY IN CAREER ADVANCEMENT.  —  I see the Washington Post has formed some kind of alliance with The Volokh Conspiracy.  For those of you unacquainted with these guys, here are some leaves from my notebook on them:  —  Eugene Volokh has expressed interesting feelings about bringing pain …
Discussion: Althouse
Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The ugly, sordid, damning details in the Bob McDonnell indictment  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VIRGINIA CORRUPTION BOB MCDONNELL  —  If the prosecutors' case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Target announces it will drop part-time employees from its healthcare plan  —  Target Corp. announced on Tuesday it would no longer offer healthcare coverage to its part-time employees.  —  In a blog post on the company's website, Jodee Kozlak, the executive vice president of human resources …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ben Kamisar / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare
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 …
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 …
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
Brian Lin / UBC News:
Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students  —  Photo: Renee Brown, iStock.  —  Canadian schools with explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as gay-straight alliances (GSAs) may reduce the odds of suicidal thoughts and attempts among both sexual minority …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
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
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.”
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 …
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Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Halliburton Manager Gets Probation in Gulf Spill
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Washington Post:
Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Discussion: Hot Air and emptywheel
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
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start
 Earlier Items: 
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
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