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1:45 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.
CoveredCA / Covered California Daily News:
Milestone Enrollment Numbers Released By Covered California and Department of Health Care Services  —  More Than a Half-Million Californians Enrolled in Covered California Health Insurance Plans Through Dec. 31, 2013 — January Enrollment Pushes Total Beyond 625,000; Medi-Cal enrollment under the Affordable Care Act tops 1.2 Million
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 …
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH to spotlight college sexual assaults  —  President Obama will create a new task force to examine how to better prevent sexual assault on college campuses, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.  —  The president is giving the panel three months to gather specific recommendations …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
The Hill:
Podesta sharpens WH focus for midterms
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 …
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 …
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.
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
McCain Says Obama Is Worse Than Carter  —  “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.”  —  That's what Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, speaking about the Syria policy of President Barack Obama's administration.  The Arizona Republican went further, saying the Syria situation could ultimately pose a terrorist threat to the United States.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   McCain Says Obama is Worse Than Carter
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service  —  Say you're a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile.  Here's one sure way to do that that you DO NOT want to try: Publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Secret Service Visits GOP Candidate Who Advocated Obama's Execution
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: Taylor Marsh and National Review
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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Brian Lin / UBC News:
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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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How Citizens United changed politics, in 7 charts
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story—on Your Phone
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