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8:40 AM ET, January 27, 2014


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Ezra Klein / The Verge:
Vox is our next  —  Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time: why hadn't the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information?  —  This year, we're founding a new publication …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Time for Obama to punch hard  —  As President Obama goes to Capitol Hill for his State of the Union address he is telling the world he is fed up with Congress — the paralysis and the GOP obstruction — but his anger is secondary to signs that he is a demoralized lame duck.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Some Republicans Departing From Response Script  —  WASHINGTON — The protocol is staid and formulaic.  The president addresses Congress on the State of the Union, then the opposition party's designee follows with a reply.  —  The choreography is tight, predictable and usually forgettable.
ABC News:
White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Exclusive: Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M  —  Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind.  —  Google confirmed the deal after Re/code inquired about it, but declined to specify a price.
Discussion: BBC, TechCrunch, The Verge and Mashable
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
CBS Host Laughs In Ted Cruz's Face For Repeatedly Denying He Shut Down Government  —  CBS host Bob Schieffer's was driven nearly to a fit of giggles on Sunday after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly refused to take responsibility for last year's government shutdown.
Discussion: Liberaland
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rand Paul: Clintons should be judged for Bill's ‘predatory behavior’ with Lewinsky  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Sunday that the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal should give Americans pause when it comes to evaluating the Clinton legacy — and, by extension, Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential campaign.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia of the Plutocrats  —  Rising inequality has obvious economic costs: stagnant wages despite rising productivity, rising debt that makes us more vulnerable to financial crisis.  It also has big social and human costs.  There is, for example, strong evidence that high inequality leads to worse health and higher mortality.
Ben Sisario / ArtsBeat:
Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, pop's megastars will compete for the music industry's most prestigious trophy, and put on flashy performances that are sure to ricochet through social media.
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: The Other McCain and Hullabaloo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
2014 Elections Likely to Keep Capital's Split  —  WASHINGTON — With the 2014 political landscape becoming more defined, it is increasingly likely that the midterm elections in November will maintain divided government in the capital for the final two years of President Obama's second term …
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
Double Homicide Victims' Names Released  —  BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The Cabell County Sheriff's office has released the names of two men killed in a shooting, Saturday afternoon.  —  Sheriff Tom McComas says Garrick Hopkins, 60, from Milton and his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., 61 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column  —  Nobody is signing up, and everybody — in Colorado,at least — is smoking.  —  In his excellent book, Two Cheers For Anarchism, Professor James Scott writes: … That seems to be happening right now, in two very different areas.
Discussion: AEIdeas
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Aaron Short / New York Post:
Putin a better president than Obama: Romney
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Iran Is Not Our Friend  —  n the foreign policy front . . .
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mitch McConnell: It's ‘Irresponsible’ Not To Try To Hold The Debt Ceiling Hostage
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Conspiracy alert: Greg Abbott ‘wheelchair truthers’ actually exist