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8:30 AM ET, January 28, 2014


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama to Raise Minimum Wage Under Federal Contractors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version …
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: How far will Obama go?  —  It's been the main White House talking point all year: If Congress can't get its act together and pass legislation, President Barack Obama will do what he can on his own.  —  The State of the Union address Tuesday night will reveal whether Obama …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama's State of the Union deja vu  —  Beyond brief glimpses in some blurry Instagram photos, nobody outside the West Wing has seen or heard any version of the State of the Union address President Barack Obama will deliver Tuesday night.  But if, sometime during that speech …
Discussion: CNN
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats hope Obama's State of Union speech will be start of populist agenda
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Giffords asks ‘What is Congress afraid of?’ in SOTU gun control ad
Discussion: Politico
David Nather / Politico:
State of the Union 2014: The search for a non-awkward Obamacare shout-out
The Hill:
56 Dems endorse Hillary for 2016  —  Fifty-six Democratic lawmakers say they would endorse Hillary Clinton for president if she launches a 2016 White House bid, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.  [SEE COMPLETE LIST]  —  Twenty-two congressional Democrats had already publicly endorsed Clinton.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News Insider
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Clinton Calls Benghazi Her ‘Biggest Regret’ as Secretary
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Spokesman Says She Used Facebook, Bought Something Online Last Wednesday
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Mediaite
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.
Bob Minzesheimer / USA Today:   Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at age 94
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 …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / NBCNews:
Poll: Christie numbers tank as scandals continue  —  Chris Christie's political future looks to be in serious danger with more Americans believing the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal than telling the truth, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's What Everyone Is Too Polite To Say About Ezra Klein, Wonkblog, And Vox  —  Last night, word broke that Vox Media - which owns SB Nation, The Verge, and the Curbed Network - hired Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein and a few of his friends to create a new politics site.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Glass to Be Covered by Vision Care Insurer VSP
Discussion: Althouse and The Verge
John Aloysius Farrell / Politico:
The State of the Union Curse
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How Republicans Lost the Farm
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
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Americans For Prosperity Ad Puts Obama's Head On Stalin's Body
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Another cover-up in Chris Christie's administration?: Editorial
Discussion: Daily Kos
American Prospect:
Macroeconomics and the Iron Truths of Accounting Identities
Discussion: Washington Monthly