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3:45 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: Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
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.
ABC News:
White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress
Discussion: Politico
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:
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.”
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?  —  Upward mobility has stayed the same the past 50 years despite skyrocketing inequality.  But it's lower in the South (and Ohio) than anywhere else in the U.S.—or the rest of the developed world.  —  The top 1 percent aren't killing the American Dream.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
What Drives Success?  —  A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well.  It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall.
Discussion: Unfogged
CBC News:
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.  —  Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in  —  A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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
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 …
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Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Republicans bash U.S. law targeting offshore tax dodgers
Discussion: Liberaland
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Erik Prince: Out of Blackwater and Into China
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sky Dancing
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mitch McConnell: It's ‘Irresponsible’ Not To Try To Hold The Debt Ceiling Hostage
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss:
NY Mayor tells AIPAC: ‘Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Conspiracy alert: Greg Abbott ‘wheelchair truthers’ actually exist
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
Poll finds little faith in nation's leaders
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Obama, de Blasio and Cuomo thrive on political revenge
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Surprised ‘Middle Eastern’ Man Not Patted Down At Airport
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite