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8:45 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
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
Chicago News and Weather:
Gary woman admits selling baby for sex  —  HAMMOND, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -  —  A Gary, Ind. woman admitted this week that she sold a baby eight times to a Gary man for sex and was in the room for all the meetings except for the last one.  —  Natisha Hillard, 25 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and The Raw Story
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.
STEVE STOCKMAN DETAILS OVERSEAS TRAVELS, RIPS MEDIA  —  Rep. Steve Stockman told Breitbart News he traveled to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England as part of an official congressional delegation and ripped the media for what he described as a made-up story about his absence from Congress and his Texas district.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Timothy P. Carney on Chuck Schumer: Voice of the little man, courtier of plutocrats  —  TEA PARTY CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS LOBBYING CHUCK SCHUMER REVOLVING DOOR  —  The favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street explained to a liberal D.C. audience last week how to defang the Tea Party …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Dinesh D'Souza's ‘America’ Trailer Released (Video)  —  The conservative behind “2016: Obama's America” is under indictment for campaign finance violations but his next doc will open on schedule on July 4, filmmakers say.  —  The filmmakers behind Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming doc have vowed …
Discussion: National Review and BizPac Review
Ken Braun /
Big Labor didn't build the middle class  —  United Auto Workers will launch a petition drive to ban Right to Work in the Michigan constitution.  (The Associated Press)  —  Following an August decision to hike dues on its rank and file members, more than 200 big labor bosses from the United Food …
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column
Discussion: AEIdeas
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
New York Times:
What Drives Success?  —  A SEEMINGLY un-American fact …
Discussion: Unfogged
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Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hullabaloo
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