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2:40 AM ET, February 8, 2014


 Top Items: 
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Lacking a House, a Senator Is Renewing His Ties in Kansas  —  DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick 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
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Biden: ‘No Obvious Reason’ Not to Run in 2016
Woody Allen / New York Times:
Woody Allen Speaks Out  —  Last Sunday, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.  Mr. Allen has written the following response to the column and Dylan's account.  —  TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ashley Kringen / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Oklahoma restaurant owner says doesn't want ‘f*ggot, freak’ customers  —  ENID, Okla. - A restaurant in Enid is getting heat after one of its patrons posted a pretty strong message on social media about discrimination.  —  The restaurant and bar has been open …
Discussion: I Acknowledge and Gawker
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma restaurant won't serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled and welfare recipients
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 …
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 …
Mike Lear / Missourinet:
Two articles of impeachment filed against Governor Nixon (AUDIO/COPY OF THE ARTICLES)  —  A state representative who said he would file articles of impeachment against Governor Jay Nixon (D) has made good on that intent.  —  Representative Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) has filed two articles of impeachment.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
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.
Mike Kelly /
GWB scandal: Fort Lee mayor now says Christie campaign courted him for endorsement  —  Governor Christie's campaign orchestrated an extensive operation over two years that involved gifts to Fort Lee — including Port Authority funded shuttle buses, snow plowing, pothole repair and emergency radios …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Colin Powell: ‘Elements’ in GOP 'Demonize People Who Don't Look Like the Way They'd Like'  —  Appearing on MSNBC, former Secretary of State Colin Powell savaged the Republican Party of which he says he is still a member for catering to “elements” that are overtly hostile to people of other races or nationalities.
White Blog:
The Employment Situation in January  —  Today's report is another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain.  Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the unemployment rate ticked down to its lowest level in more than five years.
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: Politico and Washington Monthly
Lindsay Perna / New Day:
Biden says presidential decision will come next summer
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Olympics Opening Ceremony Offers a Fanfare for a Reinvented Russia
Mark Wilson /
Where Is the Democratic Party's Pro-Obamacare Campaign?
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
US: Syria Conflict a Threat to Homeland
Discussion: Politico
Steven Shepard /
Liz Cheney Exaggerated Her Senate Campaign Fundraising
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Henri J. Barkey / Washington Post:
Obama's ambassador nominees are a disservice to diplomacy
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lt. Gov. John Walsh Chosen for Baucus' Senate Seat
Discussion: Politico and CNN
New York Times:
A Missing Argument on Contraceptives
Discussion: Wired, Balkinization and ACS Blog
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Texan Hispanics Tilt Democratic, but State Likely to Stay Red
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix and Fox News
Ike Brannon / Weekly Standard:
I've Been Trying Since November—But I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton's State Dept. and the political machine
Discussion: The Dish and NewsBusters