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4:00 PM 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.
Ex-husband: Wendy Davis would be a ‘very capable governor’  —  Dallas (CNN) - Wendy Davis' second ex-husband, Jeff Davis, says he doesn't want to talk any more about his ex-wife, adding he wasn't pleased with the explosive debate that originated from his recent comments about the Texas gubernatorial candidate.
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.
Dallas Morning News:
The Wendy Davis story  —  The details of Wendy Davis' early years were compelling without the discrepancies.  —  The bare-bones Wendy Davis story — the one without embellishment — is sufficiently inspiring as a matrix for defying expectations.  The daughter of a teenage mother …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue  —  Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow on this proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.”  I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I've never done any formal debate; second …
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 White House:
Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary  —  Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision's guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
On deep background 41 years later
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 …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
There's No Getting Rid of David Vitter, America's Most Contemptible Senator  —  After surviving a prostitution scandal and a dead madam, the Republican wants to be the Bayou State's next governor.  —  I was once shooting the breeze with a Democratic senator I knew fairly well.
Discussion: The Week, NewsBusters and Yahoo! News
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
A physician's view on the sanctity of life  —  The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant  —  Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion.  I informed her of the multiple options available to her outside …
Discussion: National Review
American Prospect:
When Public Opinions Collide  —  The progressive challenge of adjusting to a new climate of public opinion on deficits, entitlements, and jobs. … A major problem that confronts progressives and Democrats in dealing with deficits, entitlements and jobs is the extraordinary degree …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The real problem with the American right: Aging, white radicals  —  But less understood is the true reason why  —  The Republican Party's total failure to make even cosmetic changes to its image and policy agenda last year has at this point become the kind of cliché-cum-running joke …
Discussion: KQED News Fix and Mediaite
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.
Tania Dall / WWL-TV:
Musician in coma after brutal attack in French Quarter  —  NEW ORLEANS — A well-known New Orleans musician is hospitalized and unconscious after being jumped in the French Quarter.  —  Doug Potter's family and friends believe he may have been a target of the “knockout” game.  —  “Always here when we needed him.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell and the moral argument over Obamacare  —  The ongoing implementation of health care reform in Kentucky is a riveting story, with broad implications both for the 2014 elections and for health reform's broader future.  In this deep red state …
Courtney Astolfi / Sandusky Register:
Trooper gives sex lesson  —  Sandusky County prosecutor Stierwalt: No crime in highway patrolman's sexual encounter with pre-teen  —  An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper with a history of domestic violence won't face charges related to alleged sexual encounters involving a boy, Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputy Sean O'Connell said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
3 east Jerusalem al-Qaida recruits arrested, ‘planned massive bombings’  —  Shin Bet nabs men recruited online by Gaza operative working for al-Qaida chief; targets included Jerusalem Convention Center.  —  The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday that it arrested three Palestinians …
A Big Fracking Lie  —  President Obama isn't just not fixing climate change—he's making it worse.  —  If you want to know just how bad an idea it is for America to ship “fracked” natural gas to overseas markets, travel the 65 miles from the White House to a place called Cove Point in southern Maryland.
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Pentagon Workers Strike Over Poverty Wages Paid By Federal Contracts  —  Food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon are going on strike Wednesday morning, opening a new front in the ongoing fight to get President Obama to end the federal government's practice of paying poverty wages to contract employees at federal facilities.
Discussion: Liberaland and Salon
Adam Ozimek / Forbes:
The Minimum Wage Means Less Hiring  —  A seeming point of among agreement among minimum wage researchers is that higher minimum wages lead to lower turnover.  Dube et al (2012) find that “[a]verage separations, hires and turnover rates decline significantly among teen workers and restaurant establishments.”
Discussion: PolicyShop and naked capitalism
Frances Robles / New York Times:
A Movie Date, a Text Message and a Fatal Shot  —  WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — There's a sticker on the door of the Grove 16 Theater just outside Tampa: no weapons.  —  Curtis J. Reeves Jr. must have walked right past it on Jan. 13 when he went to a matinee with his wife, carrying a .380 handgun.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Job Approval Points to 2014 Trouble for Democrats  —  With the advent of this election year, the time to turn from generalities/playing field pieces to tracking specific races is fast approaching.  But before picking up my series on competitive Senate races (I wrote on three …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Inside the “Lines Commission,” an Answer for Elections?  —  The world's greatest democracy is not so great at running elections, as we all saw in 2012.  There were, among other things, long lines at polling places, botched registrations, and mysterious rules on absentee ballots.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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) …
Jason Howerton /
WATCH GLENN BECK'S TAKEDOWN OF NY GOV. CUOMO - PLUS, HE TELLS MEGYN KELLY HIS BIGGEST REGRET FROM HIS TIME AT FOX NEWS  —  Appearing on “The Kelly File” Tuesday, Glenn Beck continued to rip New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over divisive remarks he made about “extreme” conservatives having no place in the Empire State.
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Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Republican Party to vote for repeal of U.S. anti-tax dodging law
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street mines for gold in Silicon Valley
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Capitol Report
New York Times:
U.S. Military Eyes Afghan Force of 10,000, or a Pullout
Discussion: RT
Jose Gaspar / KBAK and KBFX News:
House Majority Whip: Legalize undocumented immigrants
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH to spotlight college sexual assaults
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
 Earlier Items: 
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service
Brian Lin / UBC News:
Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students
Discussion: The Raw Story and Shakesville
Washington Post:
Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and emptywheel
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Report: Obama can advance climate agenda without Congress
Discussion: Liberaland and Prairie Weather
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief ‘outraged’ by NSA activities
Discussion: Guardian
The Hill:
Podesta sharpens WH focus for midterms