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1:00 PM 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.
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Rep. Trey Radel to resign from Congress
Discussion: National Review
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Radel to resign on Monday
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Trey Radel to resign from Congress after cocaine scandal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda
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,” …
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 …
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”.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Father Blames Hackers For ‘Pornographic’ Facebook Post  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) father, Rafael Cruz, issued an apology Sunday evening for what he described as a “pornographic picture” that was posted on his personal Facebook page.  The elder Cruz, a pastor and popular conservative speaker, blamed the incident on hackers.
Discussion: The Raw Story
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
CBS Host Laughs In Ted Cruz's Face For Repeatedly Denying He Shut Down Government
Discussion: Liberaland
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Deficit Reduction Declines as Policy Priority  —  Just Half of Democrats Rate Deficit as ‘Top Priority’  —  For the first time since Barack Obama took office in 2009, deficit reduction has slipped as a policy priority among the public.  Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit …
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
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.
Matt West / Boston Herald:
Sheriffs cheer pot shot, say DEA chief ripped Obama remarks  —  Photo by:  —  WE'RE ‘FRUSTRATED’: Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, above, lauded DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart after she criticized President Obama for comparing smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol.  —  By:
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.
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
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
More Imperfect Unions  —  WHENEVER the subject turns to inequality …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Breanna Deutsch / The Daily Caller:
Report: Minimum wage hike backers rarely pay interns
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
White House panics as millennials wise up, bail on President Obama
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Michelle Malkin:
It begins: Afghanistan releases dangerous jihadists over U.S. objections
Alex Roarty /
Republicans Don't Have a Single Woman Running a Battleground Senate Campaign
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Supporters Want Iowa To Want Her
Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy
 Earlier Items: 
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
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
How Americans can kill Obamacare, legalize pot: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run and AEIdeas
Ben Sisario / ArtsBeat:
Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples