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11:45 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.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Radel to resign on Monday  —  Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) is resigning from Congress on Monday, his chief of staff Dave Natonski told The Hill.  —  In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Radel said he believes he cannot “fully and effectively” serve as a member of Congress.
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Trey Radel to resign from Congress after cocaine scandal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Discussion: National Review
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  —  After a week of speculation, it turns out that Ezra Klein, the prolific creator of The Washington Post's Wonkblog, will be going to Vox Media, the online home of SB Nation, a sports site, and The Verge, a fast-growing technology site.
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.
ABC News:
White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress
Discussion: CNN
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,” …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Dinesh D'Souza's ‘America’ Trailer Released (Video)
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steve Stockman rips press over MIA claim  —  Rep. Steve Stockman says he has not been missing in action this month and blasted the media for claiming that no one knew where he was .  —  The Texas Republican slammed an Associated Press story last week that detailed him missing every vote …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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”.
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.
Tim Stanley /
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin.  America, take note  —  There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news.  You must remember the story?  Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath.
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
Michelle Malkin:
It begins: Afghanistan releases dangerous jihadists over U.S. objections  —  The latest news, via TOLO News: … As I noted in my column on this impending release and jihadist flood earlier this month, the Obama administration itself set the stage for the security-undermining releases.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Alex Roarty /
Republicans Don't Have a Single Woman Running a Battleground Senate Campaign
Discussion: Liberaland, The Plum Line and Mediaite
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu: I won't evacuate settlements
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
The New Face Of Food Stamps: Working-Age Americans
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ukraine justice minister in state of emergency warning
Discussion: Guardian and NPR
Ken Braun /
Big Labor didn't build the middle class
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
2014 Elections Likely to Keep Capital's Split
Double Homicide Victims' Names Released
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run and AEIdeas
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
CBS Host Laughs In Ted Cruz's Face For Repeatedly Denying He Shut Down Government
Discussion: Liberaland
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Putin a better president than Obama: Romney
New York Times:
What Drives Success?  —  A SEEMINGLY un-American fact …
Discussion: Unfogged
Ben Sisario / ArtsBeat:
Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is the American Dream Dead in the South?
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hullabaloo