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10:40 AM ET, January 25, 2014


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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Rebranding: Who Needs It?  —  The Mike Huckabee brouhaha yesterday offered about the 155th recent opportunity for non-conservatives to observe that the “rebranding” exercise of the Republican Party isn't going that well.  But as The Atlantic's Molly Ball observes today, Republicans really just don't care:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Does the Republican Party Have to Change?
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Vote to Streamline Nominating Process
Discussion: Washington Post and She The People
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.
Discussion: WFPL
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule  —  The Supreme Court said Friday that a group of Colorado nuns does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employees' insurance plans offer contraceptives while they pursue a legal challenge of that portion of the law.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Contraceptive mandate delay granted
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Exempts Religious Nonprofits From Contraception Mandate Paperwork During Appeal
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Nuns' Suit, Justices Block Key Mandate in Health Law
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  —  FORT WORTH — A Texas judge ruled on Friday that a Fort Worth hospital must remove the life support of a pregnant brain-dead woman, siding with the husband and family in a case that has drawn national attention.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Diane Jennings / The Scoop Blog:
Judge orders JPS Hospital to withdraw life support for brain-dead pregnant woman
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Raw Story and NPR
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Drafting An Encyclical On The Environment  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology.  —  The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man's Hotmail Account  —  David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails.  In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there's an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address.
Discussion: Mashable, Daily Dot, NBCNews and The Verge
Fox News:
Growing Dem opposition could doom ObamaCare  —  Buzz Cut:  —  ObamaCare skidded to an all-time low in the latest Fox News poll, but in a switch, it's Democrats who are driving down the already unpopular law.  In June, 22 percent of Democrats were opposed to ObamaCare …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC tightens 2016 primary calendar, rules
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts  —  As you've heard, yesterday Mike Huckabee stepped up to the plate and smacked a stand-up double in the GOP's ongoing effort to alienate every woman in America, when he said, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe …
Marilyn Tavenner /
Milestone: 3 Million in Marketplaces  —  Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage-many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent data indicates that approximately 3. million people have now enrolled …
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Satan at the State House
Discussion: alicublog
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
Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Music-Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises New Funds at $700 Million Valuation
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
Discussion: protein wisdom