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12:50 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 …
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer previews ‘concrete’ proposals  —  White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer previewed President Barack Obama's upcoming State of the Union address on Sunday, saying the president will put forward “specific proposals” for action that he can do alone and that Congress can do to address inequality.
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Pfeiffer, McConnell forecast battle over debt ceiling  —  In back-to-back interviews Sunday, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell took opposite positions on what Congress should do as the nation approaches the upcoming debt ceiling.
Discussion: CNN
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
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.”
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.
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 …
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - Brows were raised and eyes rolled back when needle exchange programs were first implemented to stop the spread of disease.  Giving away free and clean syringes to heroin users seemed preposterous to many.
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New York Times:
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Daily Mail:
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