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1:15 PM ET, January 25, 2014


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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 …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman From Life Support
Discussion: Althouse and The Moderate Voice
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) …
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 …
For GOP, Adjusted 2016 Primary Calendar Is All About The Money  —  The Republican National Committee took steps Thursday to change how it will pick its presidential candidate in 2016, the latest effort by the national party to tighten control over the primary calendar.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Rebranding: Who Needs It?  —  The Mike Huckabee brouhaha …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Vote to Streamline Nominating Process
Discussion: Washington Post and She The People
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, NPR and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to launch new political office
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
Contraceptive mandate delay granted
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
Ukraine crisis: Peaceful negotiations ‘futile’  —  Efforts to resolve Ukraine's unrest in the capital Kiev by peaceful means are “futile”, the interior ministry says.  —  Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said negotiations with the protesters had failed.  He blamed “radical groups” for the unrest, adding protesters had arms.
Discussion: Truthdig and NPR
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 …
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting  —  Lawyer for photographer who took picture of Angela Corey: “You just can't do that.”  —  The special prosecutor who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Old Democratic Name (Nunn) Stakes Bid on Shifting Georgia  —  PERRY, Ga. — As a little girl, Michelle Nunn clutched her father's hand as they strolled the pecan groves of the family's 2,400-acre farm, a moment captured in a black-and-white photograph that Sam Nunn used to help win election to the Senate.
EXCLUSIVE: POLITICO TRIES TO MANIPULATE HANNITY COMMENT ON MICHAEL SAVAGE  —  On Friday, Politico was set to release a puff piece on Michael Savage, the polarizing host tapped by Cumulus to replace iconic talker Sean Hannity on its affiliates.  In the process of putting together that puff piece, Politico contacted Hannity for comment.
Discussion: American Spectator
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Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Drafting An Encyclical On The Environment
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Satan at the State House
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Says Putin ‘Outperformed’ Obama On Foreign Policy
Discussion: Associated Press and Liberaland
Burgess Everett / Politico:
No progress on UI in Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Discussion: Mashable, NBCNews, Daily Dot and The Verge
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
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