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8:15 AM ET, January 22, 2014


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Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein  —  The Washington Post would do anything for Ezra Klein.  Well, almost anything.  —  For nearly five years, the Post has steered a bounty of financial resources to its star economics columnist and blogger.  It has allowed him to have a contributor deal with MSNBC …
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
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Top Wonkblog Columnist to Leave Washington Post
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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'
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: Mediaite, Hot Air 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
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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.
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: Prairie Weather
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 …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Claims Self-Defense After Hopping A Fence To Shoot, Kill 21-Year-Old In A Hoodie  —  On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard.  He didn't appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts.  He didn't appear to be threatening anybody.
Shooting reported at Purdue University  —  (CNN) — A suspect was in custody after a reported shooting on the campus of Purdue University, a spokeswoman for the Indiana school said Tuesday afternoon.  —  The shooting was reported around noon ET at an electrical engineering building …
Julie Strietelmeier / The Gadgeteer:
AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user  —  A long time Gadgeteer reader contacted me today through Google Hangouts to tell me that he had a story that he thought I'd be interested in reading.  He then forwarded me a long email with a story from a very good friend of his.
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 …
Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: New video shows mayor rambling, slurring his words  —  Mayor Rob Ford is seen speaking incoherently in a new video apparently taken at a Rexdale restaurant early Tuesday morning. … A video titled “New video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford drunk, swearing in Jamaican Patois?” surfaced on YouTube January 21, 2014.
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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
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Dave Ress / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Roanoke College poll shows Warner with commanding lead in Senate race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Mythbusters  —  Bill and Melinda Gates and 27 other thinkers …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Teen employment and the minimum wage: sixty years of experience
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kamisar / Dallas Morning News:
Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Bill Gates Backs Marijuana Legalization In His State
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Argos / KPHO-TV:
ASU fraternity suspended after ‘offensive’ MLK party
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare in Red and Blue America: Two Charts Tell the Story
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Dish