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1:15 PM ET, January 24, 2014


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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Is the prosecution of Dinesh d'Souza politically motivated?  —  “It is not clear from the court documents what led investigators to Mr. D'Souza in a fund-raising case involving relatively small donations, in a race that ended in a blowout win for Ms. Gillibrand.  Ms. Long raised about $785,000 in the race.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Dinesh D'Souza Is Charged With Using Straw Donors  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a best-selling conservative author and filmmaker, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he used straw donors to illegally donate to a 2012 Senate campaign.  —  Mr. D'Souza is an outspoken political commentator who directed …
The United States Department of Justice:
Former College President Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Campaign Finance Fraud
Washington Post:
Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D'Souza charged in campaign finance case
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Raises Specter of Holocaust In Warning Tea Party To Back Off Purity Tests  —  WASHINGTON — Whether or not Mike Huckabee is at all serious when he says he's thinking about another presidential run in 2016, what he says still matters to the conservative evangelical wing of the Republican party.
Fox News:
Huckabee rips critics of ‘libido’ comments  —  Jan. 23, 2014: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington.AP  —  WASHINGTON - Mike Huckabee says he is mystified by the liberal criticism of his remarks on women …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
The Fix:
Mike Huckabee, and why Republicans have trouble talking to and about women
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder: Feds to set rules for banks and pot money  —  The Obama administration will soon announce regulations to make it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.  —  “You don't want just huge amounts of cash in these places.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Boehner on ‘Tonight Show’: Shutdown was a ‘predictable disaster’  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner speaks with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”  (Paul Drinkwater / NBC / January 23, 2014)  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall's government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” …
Discussion: Daily Kos, NPR and Taegan Goddard's …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner: Sometimes I'm ‘Gestapo’
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner likes Bush for 2016 but not endorsing
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Planet Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton was nodding solemnly to the mother of a 9/11 victim when Huma Abedin, standing across the room, called out, “Let's load!” to the staff members and bodyguards.  The former secretary of state had yet to pick up her award from the Voices of September 11th …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Bolton 2016?  There May Be Opportunity for Hawk in GOP Debate  —  A strange thing happened Tuesday night at a Los Angeles dinner packed with well-heeled businesspeople and Republican donors.  —  A conservative, best known for his hawkish views on foreign policy, got a rousing ovation when he said he was …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Just What the Political Doctor Ordered: John Bolton!  —  So if the potential 2016 Republican presidential field is looking a bit thinner with all of Chris Christie's problems, have no fear, GOPers: an old friend may be coming to your assistance, per WSJ's Neil King:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Wire
Yahoo! News:
Watch what happens when Obama picks a top donor as ambassador  —  This is why a future president might finally do away with the practice of nominating a top political donor to be an ambassador.  —  Here's how the White House described wealthy executive George Tsunis when President Barack Obama nominated …
The Local:
Future US envoy displays total ignorance of Norway
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gawker
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC moves toward 2016 changes despite conservative outrage  —  A Republican National Committee meeting to compress the 2016 primary schedule grew heated Thursday, as supporters of rule changes beat back repeated attempts by a handful of conservative activists to torpedo them.
Discussion: CNN and
Jonathan Dienst /
Exclusive: Federal Probe into New Jersey Sen. Menendez Is Widening  —  The Justice Department is investigating Menendez's efforts on behalf of two businessmen from Ecuador  —  The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Congressional Candidate ‘Likes’ Graphic With N-Word and ‘Ching Chong’ on Facebook  —  Erin Bilbray, a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada, uses Facebook to connect with friends and supporters alike.  She also uses it to express support for musicians (Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews) and, well, other not-so-wholesome things.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
3 Million People Have Signed Up For Obamacare Coverage  —  Three million Americans have now enrolled in private coverage through Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday, reflecting a continued increase in sign-ups through the health care reform law.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Populist Imperative  —  “The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes.”  —  John Maynard Keynes wrote that in 1936, but it applies to our own time, too.
Discussion: Daily Kos, and The Week
Jenny Hope / Daily Mail:
Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is ‘writing off’ patients who are over 75  — Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts  —  Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Investigating Dennis Rodman for Busting Sanctions  —  Dennis Rodman reportedly brought thousands of dollars in luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un for his birthday.  Now, Washington's looking into whether those gifts violated U.S. sanctions.  —  Dennis Rodman was already having a rotten month …
Washington Post:
McDonnell rejected plea offer to face one felony, spare wife any charges, avoid trial  —  Maureen McDonnell relayed to federal prosecutors last summer that she felt responsible for the relationship with a wealthy businessman who had drawn legal scrutiny to Virginia's first family …
Michelle Malkin:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests.  These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
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Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend
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Kolten Parker / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hot Air, Politico and The Week