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3:45 PM ET, January 31, 2014


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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Establishment” Not the Only Republican Deceivers in Immigration Fight  —  Conservative reaction to the instantly famous House GOP “Principles on Immigration” has been pretty harshly negative, and a variety of complaints are popping up.  Heritage's Derrick Morgan focuses on the dangers …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz: GOP immigration plan is ‘amnesty’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigration, what do GOP House leaders mean by ‘enforcement triggers’?
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
When Biography Trumps Substance  —  SPOKANE, Wa.  — Only the snarkiest would not be open to the likable life story of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Eastern Washington politician who gave the “official” Republican response to the president's State of the Union speech.
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Is the GOP deliberately trying to sabotage the 2014 midterms?  —  Republican State of Union response was weak, unfocused  —  After this week's GOP State of the Union response, it has become undeniable that someone (everyone?) in the Republican machine has no idea what they're doing, and that is the generous assessment.
Discussion: alicublog and Power Line
‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers' speech, declined health insurance options  —  The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance premiums …
Jason Edward Harrington / Politico:
Dear America, I Saw You Naked  —  And yes, we were laughing.  Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.  —  On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the New York Times, we had a little chat.  —  It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O'Hare to sit …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Stewart Laughs in Pelosi's Face After She Admits She Doesn't Know Why Obamacare Site Failed  —  House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday for a contentious interview.  The interview became tense when Stewart attempted to get Pelosi …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Romney: ‘The Country Lost’ By Re-Electing Obama (VIDEO)  —  Ann Romney has a message for the country that rejected her husband: Your loss, America!  —  The Romney family postmortem/movie promotion continued Friday with Ann reflecting on Mitt's defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions a Job for Congress  —  Implies he might support doing so, but doesn't say so explicitly  —  Correction appended, Jan 31., 2014  —  President Barack Obama says in a new interview that that it's up to Congress to remove marijuana from the federal government's list …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Chris Christie is falling apart: His hilarious 2016 hubris finally takes its toll  —  As a new report finds him looking at '16 general election, he loses a top promoter and polls show him fading fast  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sinking fast.  Yet another national poll finds …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Maher Wants His Show to Decide a House Race  —  Bill Maher makes little effort to hide his own contempt for many politicians, most of them Republicans.  Now, he wants to take it to the next level: finding one he might be able to help oust from office.  —  On his weekly HBO talk show …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Meanwhile, Back in America . . .  The growing distance between Washington and the public it dominates.  —  The State of the Union was a spectacle of delusion and self-congratulation in which a Congress nobody likes rose to cheer a president nobody really likes.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives  —  GCHQ technicians watched as journalists took angle grinders and drills to computers after weeks of tense negotiations  —  • Watch the footage of the hard drives being destroyed  —  New video footage has been released …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Even Republicans Now View The Iraq War As A Failure  —  Republicans are finally done defending the Iraq war.  —  GOP voters spent years applying a positive spin to the central part of George W. Bush's legacy, but a poll released Friday revealed a significant shift in public opinion.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Grim assessment of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan
Discussion: Liberaland
Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday  —  (CNN) — The results of an environmental impact study into the Keystone XL pipeline project will be announced Friday afternoon, two senior administration officials and another source familiar with the timing told CNN.
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate
Discussion: Politico, The Agonist and Hot Air
Amazon's Bad Omen for the U.S. Economy  — Inc.'s shares fell almost 10 percent a few minutes past 4 p.m., after the company dropped some disappointing earnings news.  The title of the company's news release is cheerily optimistic: “ Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 20% to $25.59 Billion.”
Discussion: Vox Popoli
The Inside Story Of The Charlatan Who Duped The Nation's Top Conservatives  —  On New Year's Eve, I learned FEMA's “Dirty Little Secret.”  —  It was the title of a fascinating email, one that had somehow dodged my spam filter.  The message was suffused with breathless concern …
Discussion: Liberaland
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to debunk the ‘war on women’  —  What is it about women that causes leading Republicans to grow clumsy, if not stupid?  When even savvy, fluent, attractively populist Mike Huckabee stumbles, you know you've got trouble.  Having already thrown away eminently winnable Senate seats in Missouri …
Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court  —  Florence, Italy (CNN) — An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night.  —  Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in November 2007.
Simon Hattenstone / Guardian:
Amanda Knox: 'They'll have to pull me back kicking and screaming to prison'
Discussion: BBC and Gawker
Marc Caputo / Tampa Bay Times:
RPOF to NBC Miami: Apologize for “Reprehensive Party of Florida” gaffe  —  The Florida GOP demanded Friday that a Miami NBC affiliate issue an on-air apology after the station referred to the party as “the Reprehensive Party of Florida” in a broadcast.  —  The error surfaced when WTVJ aired …
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Hillary as Frontrunner: Look at the Money, Not Polls
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP considers tying debt hike to Obamacare
Discussion: CNN
Laura Bush: Future ‘first gentleman’ should get same critiques as first ladies
Discussion: Shakesville and Politico
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 31, 2014 - Bridgegate Drives Christie …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Gun Laws Highest Since 2001
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Landrieu Races, Obama Helps and Hinders
Discussion: The Caucus
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default
Discussion: Business Insider, Mashable and Gigaom
Ronald Brownstein /
Here's How Obama Can Go It Alone
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Plum Line
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
America doesn't need a lame-duck president
Peter Schiff /
‘The Daily Show’: Intellectually Dishonest about the Intellectually Disabled