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2:10 PM ET, January 26, 2014


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Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Rand Paul discusses cutting government help for unwed mothers who continue having kids  —  During a Lexington luncheon Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul discussed the possibility of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children, though the potential Republican candidate …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday clarified comments he made last week about the government's role in discouraging women from having children out of wedlock as a way to stem poverty.  —  The Republican senator from Kentucky …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Politico
Rand Paul says ‘women are winning’ the war on women, blasts Bill Clinton as predator  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that Democrats are failing in their attempts to frame the GOP as a party that wages a war against women, and argued the message comes from the party of former President Bill Clinton …
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's rough 2013 prompts a new blueprint  —  An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps.
Mitch McConnell: It's ‘Irresponsible’ Not To Try To Hold The Debt Ceiling Hostage  —  Despite agreeing to a budget this month, it seems Congressional Republicans are not yet done holding the economic fate of the country hostage in order to pass aspects of its agenda.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer, McConnell forecast battle over debt ceiling
Discussion: CNN
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer previews ‘concrete’ proposals
Discussion: CNN and The Week
New York Times:
The Koch Party  —  Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.  —  As Carl Hulse of The Times reported recently, Democrats have been staggered …
Discussion: Liberaland, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Associated Press:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, upon his return from a two-hour meeting at the White House between President Barack Obama and Republican senators, trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate.  —  FONT:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NPR
Terry Tang / Associated Press:
ARIZONA GOP CENSURES MCCAIN FOR ‘LIBERAL’ RECORD  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Arizona GOP censures McCain for ‘liberal’ record  —  PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson: Young People Don't Know What EntréE To Order So Don't Let Them Vote  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday suggested that 17-year-olds should not be allowed to pre-register to vote because they were not capable of “choosing an entrée at a restaurant.”
Rush Transcript / CBS News:
Bob Schieffer's interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz  —  Shares -  —  BOB SCHIEFFER: We want to turn now to the President's State of the Union speech on Tuesday and we're going to Houston and the Tea Party Republican, Ted Cruz who led the shutdown of the government last fall because the president …
Bob Howard / BBC:
HSBC tightens cash withdrawal rules  —  HSBC customers requiring large cash withdrawals may be asked what they want the money for  —  Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt.
Discussion: Samizdata
Washington Post:
Poll finds little faith in nation's leaders  —  President Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday night with approval ratings lower than for any of his previous State of the Union addresses and with Americans broadly pessimistic that he or lawmakers of either party will make good decisions …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss:
NY Mayor tells AIPAC: ‘Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel’
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Dish
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Conspiracy alert: Greg Abbott ‘wheelchair truthers’ actually exist
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sexism defense of Wendy Davis is attempt to give her an easier double standard
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Obama, de Blasio and Cuomo thrive on political revenge
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
U.S braces itself for coldest month of the century with yet another Arctic blast as fears grow for Super Bowl Sunday
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nidhi Subbaraman / NBCNews:
Swarms of drones could be the next frontier in emergency response
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Surprised ‘Middle Eastern’ Man Not Patted Down At Airport
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite