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11:25 AM ET, January 22, 2014


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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 …
Emily Rudisill / A Bullseye View:
Talking Health Care with EVP of Human Resources Jodee Kozlak  —  At Target, we have a longstanding commitment to our team members' health and well-being.  We have been researching and evaluating how the transforming health care landscape will impact our team members and our company.
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
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Bob McDonnell's indictment proves the ‘Virginia Way’ will have to change
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
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
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.
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Not So Fast: Hannity Not Leaving New York Quite Yet (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity isn't about to pack up and leave New York in a huff for a more conservative-friendly home — yet.  —  Hannity threatened to relocate on his radio show Monday, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) …
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
On deep background 41 years later  —  Roe v. Wade … Type “41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade” into Google and you will get more than 54,000 hits.  Wednesday marks the date.  It caused me to review the notes of a conversation a small group of us had with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and his wife about Roe.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Secret Service Visits GOP Candidate Who Advocated Obama's Execution  —  The U.S. Secret Service paid a visit to the Florida state House candidate who advocated for President Barack Obama's execution on Twitter.  —  Joshua Black, a Republican who is running in Florida House District 68 …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service
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
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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
South Dakota Attorney General Quotes Martin Luther King To Express Support For Death Penalty  —  South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley pulled a quote from an unlikely source this week to emphasize his support for capital punishment.  —  Responding to the Supreme Court's rejection …
Discussion:, Mediaite and ArgusPoliBlog
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.”
Discussion: Poynter
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: Politico, The Plum Line and ABC News
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Neel Kashkari enters California governor's race, starts uphill fundraising climb  —  Shortly after announcing his candidacy for governor Tuesday, Neel Kashkari sat alone in his political adviser's Sacramento offices, calling donors for several hours on the phone.  —  It may be a difficult audience to reach.
Associated Press:
Cuccinelli says Christie should quit RGA  —  As if a snowed-out inaugural bash weren't bad enough, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also took a shot Tuesday from Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who said that Christie should step down as head of the Republican Governors Association.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Randy Barnett / Washington Post:
Knowledge is Power: How the NSA bulk data seizure program is like gun registration
Discussion: emptywheel and Balkinization
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Says Obama is Worse Than Carter
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 45.8% Job Approval in Year Five
 Earlier Items: 
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Gov. Chris Christie sworn in for second term, cancels inauguration party due to snow
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Bashing the Liberal Media Won't Save Chris Christie
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
Julie Strietelmeier / The Gadgeteer:
AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user