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6:00 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda  —  President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership … WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public's souring view of his leadership …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Time for Obama to punch hard
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Inside Obama's game plan for 2014
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Some Republicans Departing From State of Union Response Script
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
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Says She Hasn't Driven A Car Since 1996 (VIDEO)
Discussion: American Power
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton's biggest regret at State: Benghazi
Discussion: Politico and Fox News Insider
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 …
Discussion: National Review, AEIdeas and Daily Kos
David Nather / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: The search for a non-awkward Obamacare shout-out
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
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”.
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 …
Brian Beutler / Salon:   How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders
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 …
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 …
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:
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox  —  While investigating a hosting company known for sheltering child porn last year the FBI incidentally seized the entire e-mail database of a popular anonymous webmail service called TorMail.  —  Now the FBI is tapping that vast trove of e-mail in unrelated investigations.
Discussion: PandoDaily, Daily Dot and The Verge
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 …
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Dear GOP, Stop Talking About Women's Bodies  —  Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul think women have out-of-control “libidos” and like playing the victim.  Did they not learn anything from Todd Akin?  —  Perhaps it's time for Republican men to stop talking about women's bodies and choices.
Discussion: Mediaite,, TIME and CNN
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
New Jersey joint panel to probe Bridgegate  —  New Jersey lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved merging the two statehouse panels investigating the traffic scandal that has dogged Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and undermined his 2016 presidential aspirations.
Discussion: CNN and The Political State
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,” …
Stop ‘Constantly Bashing Banks’ And ‘Lecturing On Ethics And Integrity,’ Megabank CEO Says  —  “Life is hard enough,” according to Swiss banking executive Sergio Ermotti, “without people “constantly bashing banks.  ” The UBS chief executive made those remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephen Glass denied California law license  —  Stephen Glass, the former journalist who famously fabricated his articles, was denied his bid for a law license by the California Supreme Court on Monday.  —  Glass, whose fabrications were the subject of a 2003 film, left The New Republic …
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Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
What is wrong with this guy? He is such a jerk! He is a repeat offender!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Another cover-up in Chris Christie's administration?: Editorial
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Florida high court OKs medical marijuana for ballot
Discussion: CNN
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces
 Earlier Items: 
American Prospect:
Macroeconomics and the Iron Truths of Accounting Identities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare, Debt Ceiling—Yup, Here We Go Again
Discussion: Wonkblog, Daily Kos and The Dish
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz's Father Blames Hackers For ‘Pornographic’ Facebook Post
Discussion: The Raw Story
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
White House panics as millennials wise up, bail on President Obama
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tim Stanley /
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia of the Plutocrats  —  Rising inequality has obvious …