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2:25 PM ET, January 25, 2014


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Tom Perkins / Wall Street Journal:
Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?  —  I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”  —  Regarding your editorial “Censors on Campus” (Jan. 18) …
Tim Swift / Baltimore Sun:
Three people killed in shooting at the Columbia Mall  —  The Howard County Police have confirmed that three people have been killed in a shooting at the Mall in Columbia.  —  Police reported on Twitter at 12:38 that they are in the mall to clear people out safely.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Mediaite and NPR
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
3 reported killed in shooting at Maryland mall  —  (CNN) — Gunfire erupted in a Columbia, Maryland, shopping mall Saturday morning, leaving at least three people dead, according to the Howard County Police Department's Twitter account.  —  Authorities initially reported that an active shooter …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Huckabee Spills the Beans  —  It's not often we think about Mike Huckabee.  True, he has a talk show.  But so does half the world.  Kelly Ripa has a talk show.  Geraldo Rivera has a talk show.  How often do they come up in conversation?  —  Now, Huckabee is suddenly in the news …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Mike Huckabee's mis-conceptions
Michael Konopasek / NEWS 9:
Lawmakers Consider Preventing ALL Marriage In Oklahoma  —  OKLAHOMA CITY -  —  State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma.  —  The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond).  Turner says it's an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal in Oklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution.
Sarah Erdreich / Talking Points Memo:
What's The Matter With Texas?  Anti-Choice Law At Its Worst  —  “Macabre” seems somehow inadequate to describe what's been going on in Texas.  “Horrifying,” “insulting,” and “beyond Kafkaesque” also fall short.  —  For the past seven weeks, a hospital in Fort Worth has refused …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Republican National Committee trying to soothe relationships with Liberty Republicans  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL RAND PAUL RON PAUL LIBERTARIANISM LIBERTY REPUBLICANS  —  Liberty Republicans.  They are the young, more libertarian-minded, grassroots supporters that used to be identified chiefly …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Simas heads up new office at White House  —  The White House on Friday announced David Simas, a senior adviser to President Obama who managed the healthcare rollout, will head up a new post at the White House: Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.  —  The White House created the role …
NY Daily News:
Dinesh D'Souza pleads not guilty to making illegal $20,000 donation to U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long  —  Long, a Republican who lost to incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, will testify against the right-wing pundit at trial, prosecutor Carrie Cohen told Judge Richard Berman …
Discussion: Roger Ailes and National Review
Lizzie Edmonds / Daily Mail:
'You've messed with the wrong Muslims!'  CCTV images show the dramatic moment three women tried to kidnap and rob their sister's lesbian lover during row over arranged marriage  —  These dramatic images show three Muslim siblings attempting to kidnap and rob their sister's lesbian lover after they found out about the relationship.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Keeping-Up-With-the-Joneses Myth  —  Behind the Great Recession, there was a credit crunch.  Behind the credit crunch, there was a housing bust.  And behind the housing bust, there was an explosion in debt in mid-2000s among low-income households.  —  So what was behind that?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Shawn Boburg /
GWB scandal: Port Authority won't pay legal bills for David Wildstein  —  The Port Authority will not pick up the legal bills of a former executive at the center of an investigation into the George Washington Bridge access lane closures.  —  On Friday morning the agency notified David Wildstein …
Associated Press:
Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday offered a short-term compromise that would continue to exempt a group of Denver nuns that operates charity nursing homes from the birth control mandate of the nation's health care law if they declare their objections in writing.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Democratic Daily
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Victoria Woollaston / Daily Mail:
Don't trust online reviews! A fifth are left by people who have NEVER tried the product
Discussion: Vox Popoli
LZ Granderson / CNN:
When a city's gun laws get shot down
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air
Ukraine crisis: Peaceful negotiations ‘futile’
Discussion: Truthdig and NPR
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Old Democratic Name (Nunn) Stakes Bid on Shifting Georgia
Discussion: The Reaction
Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Drafting An Encyclical On The Environment
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Discussion: American Spectator
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Says Putin ‘Outperformed’ Obama On Foreign Policy
Discussion: Liberaland and Associated Press
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
Discussion: Daily Kos