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5:30 AM ET, January 28, 2014


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
David Nather / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: The search for a non-awkward Obamacare shout-out
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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 Tap Data Streaming From Phone Apps  —  When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies could be lurking in the background to snatch data revealing the player's location, age, sex and other personal information …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Clinton Calls Benghazi Her ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday called the deadly attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 her “biggest regret” in the four years she served as secretary of state.  —  “It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Spokesman Says She Used Facebook, Bought Something Online Last Wednesday
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Mediaite
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Says She Hasn't Driven A Car Since 1996 (VIDEO)
Discussion: American Power
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.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Giffords asks ‘What is Congress afraid of?’ in SOTU gun control ad
Discussion: Politico
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.
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94  —  Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday.
Discussion: The Week, NPR, Sky Dancing and The Agonist
Bob Minzesheimer / USA Today:
Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at age 94  —  To Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, the singer/songwriter/activist who died Monday at the age of 94 was “the father of American folk music.”  —  But Seeger, who popularized This Land Is Your Land and We Shall Overcome and wrote If I Had a Hammer and Turn …
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Barack Obama's lows could hurt Democrats in 5 states
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
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 …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How Republicans Lost the Farm  —  On a recent Monday in San Antonio, Texas, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, got up to speak to an auditorium full of farmers.  Vilsack, a doughy, wavy-haired former governor of Iowa, wore a grim expression as he gripped the lectern.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Puzzle: Economy Rarely Better, Approval Rarely Worse  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will pronounce on the state of the union for the fifth time on Tuesday, and never during his time in office has the state of the economy been better — yet rarely has he gotten such low marks from the public for his handling of it.
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Did Dinesh D'Souza Use His Mistress To Break Campaign Laws?
Discussion: Roger Ailes and Hollywood Reporter
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Group unveils State of the Union drinking game
USA Today:
Study: 20 young people a day hospitalized for gun injuries
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Walker's numbers up in Wisconsin poll
Discussion: Politico
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
American Prospect:
Macroeconomics and the Iron Truths of Accounting Identities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rebecca Townsend / NUVO:
Committee chair fails to warn gay son on HJR 3
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephen Glass denied California law license
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Dear GOP, Stop Talking About Women's Bodies
Brian Beutler / Salon:
How the right destroyed itself: History, ideology and strategic blunders