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11:00 AM ET, January 27, 2014


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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Trey Radel to resign House seat  —  Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources.  —  Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.
Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Radel to resign from Congress  —  WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. Trey Radel of Florida, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November, will resign from Congress on Monday.  —  Radel's decision to step down was confirmed by his chief of staff, Dave Natonski.
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Greg Richter /
D'Souza Producer: ‘I Never Feared My Govt Until Now’  —  More ways to share...  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Newstrust  —  Tell my politician  —  Technocrati  —  Get Short Link  —  Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D'Souza's documentary film “2016: Obama's America,” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Dinesh D'Souza's ‘America’ Trailer Released (Video)
Discussion: BizPac Review and National Review
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 …
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.
Sochi 2014: No gay people in city, says mayor  —  The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city.  —  Anatoly Pakhomov said homosexuals were welcome at the Games - as long as they “respect Russian law” and “don't impose their habits on others”.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Supporters Want Iowa To Want Her  —  “You guys want a list.  Iowans want a sense of engagement and conversation and dialogue like they got on the Obama campaign.”  The super PAC takes the first of what they say will be many trips to the early caucus state.  —  Justin Hayworth / Associated Press
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
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.
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Guardian and NPR
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Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and AEIdeas
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Discussion: Liberaland
Aaron Short / New York Post:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Unfogged
Ben Sisario / ArtsBeat:
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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