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9:05 PM ET, January 27, 2014


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Ron Fournier /
A Pen, a Phone, and a Flailing President  —  The White House's problem might not be strategies and tactics.  It might be Obama himself.  —  For months, the White House and its allies mocked critics of Barack Obama's leadership, arguing that no president has “Green Lantern” superhero powers.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Are House Republicans planning to pull a fast one on immigration?  —  In the House of Representatives, immigration reform is not only not dead, it's actually the subject of a lot of working and talking as Republicans prepare for their annual retreat this weekend.
National Review:
Don't Do It  —  The House Republican leadership has been confronted …
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Inside Obama's game plan for 2014
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Time for Obama to punch hard
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data  —  GCHQ documents use Angry Birds - reportedly downloaded more than 1.7bn times - as a case study for app data collection.  —  The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities …
New York Times:
Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data  —  When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player's location, age …
Investigations / NBCNews:
Snowden docs reveal British spies snooped on YouTube and Facebook
Discussion: The Verge and Techdirt
Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data
Discussion: TechCrunch and CBS Philly
The Five Worst Things About The New Republican Proposal To Replace Obamacare  —  On Monday, a trio Republican senators unveiled an alternative to Obamacare eerily similar to the one that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney proposed in 2012.  The plan boils down to a rehash …
Discussion: Liberaland
Fox News:
A Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, cover pre-existing conditions and lower costs  —  During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will probably declare that his signature health care law is finally starting to work as designed.  —  We expect him to claim the mantle of …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Senate Republicans Develop The Most Credible Plan Yet To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare  —  “Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now.  If you're a long-time follower of this space, you know that we're skeptical that Obamacare …
David Nather / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: The search for a non-awkward Obamacare shout-out
Discussion: Washington Post and VodkaPundit
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Hillary Clinton: “My Biggest Regret Is What Happened In Benghazi”  —  QUESTION: Any do-overs that you would — relative to Secretary of State?  HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, sure.  I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information.  And you make them to — as we say, the best of your ability.
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Spokesman Says She Used Facebook, Bought Something Online Last Wednesday
Discussion: Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Says She Hasn't Driven A Car Since 1996 (VIDEO)
Discussion: American Power
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: Benghazi ‘biggest’ regret
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox News Insider
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton's biggest regret at State: Benghazi
Discussion: Politico and Fox News Insider
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
What is wrong with this guy?  He is such a jerk!  He is a repeat offender!  —  This posting is not about Wendy Davis.  It is not about her views.  This is about a man who has pattern of being disrespectful to women:  —  We are a big nation with different viewpoints.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
I Watched The New Mitt Romney Documentary With My Wife And It Was A Huge Mistake  —  The compelling new Netflix film reveals, among other things, the ideal Mormon husband.  Thanks a lot, Mitt.  —  At the Republican National Convention in 2012, the Romney campaign released a piece …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
At The Grammys, Beyoncé And Jay-Z Made The Case For Marriage That Conservatives Can't  —  On Saturday, the New York Times' Ross Douthat wrote a column in which he suggested concessions both liberals and conservatives ought to make if we're to get together on the joint project of making marriage more appetizing and acceptable.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders  —  Even if they could, Democrats already beat them there  —  Last week I wrote an article arguing that the impediments to conservative reform are structural — that the idiosyncrasies of the Republican base make appealing …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Walker's numbers up in Wisconsin poll  —  (CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a slight edge over his Democratic opponent in the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest, according to a new Badger State survey.  —  The Marquette Law School poll released Monday indicates 47% of Wisconsin voters …
Discussion: Politico
Tim Stanley /
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Althouse
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hawaiians, D.C. Residents Most Approving of Obama in 2013  —  Wyoming and West Virginia residents least approving  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Residents of 11 states and the District of Columbia gave President Barack Obama job approval ratings above 50% in 2013.  Hawaii had the highest approval rating among …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)  —  The director takes legal action over the distribution of his script.  —  Quentin Tarantino  —  Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly facilitating the dissemination …
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”.
Herb Jackson /
Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich to attend State of the Union speech as Pascrell guest  —  Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who helped spark the controversy now threatening Governor Christie's political future by speculating that lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed to send him a message …
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Another cover-up in Chris Christie's administration?:  Editorial  —  Ben Barlyn says he was fired from his position as a Hunterdon County prosecutor because he refused to drop a case against a Chris Christie ally.  (2007 Star-Ledger File Photo)  —  Star-Ledger Editorial Board By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
New Jersey joint panel to probe Bridgegate
Discussion: The Political State and CNN
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Americans For Prosperity Ad Puts Obama's Head On Stalin's Body
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
What The AFL-CIO President Wants Out Of The State Of The Union
Jackie Tortora /
How We Got Economic Inequality and Why the President Needs to Talk About It
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces
American Prospect:
Macroeconomics and the Iron Truths of Accounting Identities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Rebecca Townsend / NUVO:
Committee chair fails to warn gay son on HJR 3
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephen Glass denied California law license
Stop ‘Constantly Bashing Banks’ And ‘Lecturing On Ethics And Integrity,’ Megabank CEO Says
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Dear GOP, Stop Talking About Women's Bodies
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Father Blames Hackers For ‘Pornographic’ Facebook Post
Discussion: The Raw Story