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7:20 PM ET, February 7, 2014


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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Senator Races to Renew Ties, if Not Make a Home, in Kansas  —  DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the red-brick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home.  Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rand Paul demands Dems return money raised by ‘sexual predator’ Bill Clinton  —  ** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton, left, is seen on March 9, 2004, in New York.  Monica Lewinsky, is shown in an undated promotional photo provided by Fox.  Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House fence-climber apprehended  —  A man attempted to climb a fence outside the White House on Friday afternoon, putting the complex on temporary lockdown.  —  The man tried to climb a fence on the Pennsylvania Ave. side of the White House but was apprehended by U.S. Park Police …
Discussion: CNN and Liberaland
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton's State Dept. and the political machine
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Dish
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Bundler Nominated As Ambassador To Argentina Says He's Never Been There  —  A bundler for President Barack Obama who is nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to Argentina said Thursday that he's never actually been to that country.  —  During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing …
Discussion: ABC News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
David Weigel / Slate:   Nominee for Ambassador to Argentina Hasn't Been There, but Has Raised Lots of Money for Obama
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lindsay Perna / New Day:
Biden says presidential decision will come next summer  —  Producer Elizabeth Stuart contributed to this report  —  Vice President Joe Biden joked this week that being able to drive his Corvette - is one good reason not to run.  But, when asked to give another good reason not to run, Biden responded simply.
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Biden: ‘No Obvious Reason’ Not to Run in 2016
House GOP closing in on debt limit package  —  House Republicans are moving toward introducing a bill that would lift the debt limit until the first quarter of 2015, while patching the Medicare reimbursement rate for nine months and reversing recent changes to some military retirement benefits …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.  —  The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion.  It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers …
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Bill Clinton to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky  —  The big dog is coming to Kentucky to help Alison Lundergan Grimes.  —  Former President Bill Clinton — known as the “Big Dog” — will come to Louisville this month for a campaign event for Grimes, who is running …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Cybersecurity expert contests NBC  —  The cybersecurity expert who appeared in a popular NBC segment on Russian hacking says that the network overstated visitors' vulnerability to hackers.  —  “Incorrect impressions may have been formed” due to the editing process, Kyle Wilhoit …
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma restaurant won't serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled and welfare recipients  —  A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he'd been banned from the establishment.
Ashley Kringen / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Oklahoma restaurant owner says doesn't want ‘f*ggot, freak’ customers
Discussion: Gawker
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
AIPAC breaks with GOP on Iran sanctions  —  America's main pro-Israel lobby came out against an immediate vote on Iran sanctions Thursday, just hours after 42 Republican senators demanded a vote.  —  The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) issued its statement after the bill's author …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA is collecting less than 30 percent of U.S. call data, officials say  —  The National Security Agency is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' call records because of an inability to keep pace with the explosion in cellphone use, according to current and former U.S. officials.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Opens Sochi Games With Pageantry and Pride  —  SOCHI, Russia — With an outsize extravaganza that reached deep into the repertoire of classical music and ballet, traversed the sights and sounds of the world's largest geopolitical expanse, soared into outer space, and swept across 400 years …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
PUTIN PROPAGANDA: NBC's Bob Costas portrays Russian leader as great peacemaker
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Insight: Republicans still seen falling behind in election data wars  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team's technological prowess, allowing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Stephen Kim pleads guilty in Fox News leak case  —  A State Department contractor charged with leaking top-secret information about North Korea to Fox News entered a guilty plea Friday and agreed to serve a 13-month prison term.  —  During an 80-minute hearing at U.S. District Court …
Discussion: emptywheel
Mark Wilson /
Where Is the Democratic Party's Pro-Obamacare Campaign?  —  No headline candidate or big-money advocacy group, not even OFA, is running political ads touting the health law's successes.  Instead, they're trying to change the message.  —  The most robust defense of Obamacare on television right …
Steven Shepard /
Liz Cheney Exaggerated Her Senate Campaign Fundraising  —  Despite telling reporters her campaign was in strong financial shape, she was running low on money before she dropped out.  —  Liz Cheney, who dropped out of the Wyoming Senate race last month, exaggerated her fundraising to reporters before leaving the race.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lt. Gov. John Walsh Chosen for Baucus' Senate Seat  —  Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he has appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to serve out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who will be leaving the seat to become the next ambassador to China.  —  Walsh, 53, is a Butte native …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Carville joins Fox News
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Major Jewish Groups Won't Back Boycott Bill
Henri J. Barkey / Washington Post:
Obama's ambassador nominees are a disservice to diplomacy
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
New York Times:
A Missing Argument on Contraceptives
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Peters, Obama pair up
Discussion: The Fix and Fox News
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Texan Hispanics Tilt Democratic, but State Likely to Stay Red
Discussion: Hot Air and The Fix
Ike Brannon / Weekly Standard:
I've Been Trying Since November—But I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Liberaland