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12:00 AM ET, February 9, 2014


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Maureen Orth / Vanity Fair:
10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation  —  This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen's having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen: ‘Distortions and Outright Lies’  —  The director's adopted daughter denies Allen's suggestion that Mia Farrow coached her to say he sexually assaulted her.  —  In the response, provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow denounced Allen's op-ed …
Associated Press:
IRAN SAYS WARSHIPS HEADED CLOSE TO US BORDERS  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.  —  The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet …
New York Times:
Snowden Used Low-Cost Tool to Best N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to roughly 1.7 million of the country's most highly classified documents say they have determined that he used inexpensive and widely available software to …
Discussion: emptywheel
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony  —  Russia's anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today's opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance.
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Evidence Mounting that Walker Campaign Is at Center of Criminal Probe  —  Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Liberaland
Joseph Rago / Wall Street Journal:
The Economist Who Exposed ObamaCare  —  The Chicago professor examined the law's incentives for the poor not to get a job or work harder, and this week Beltway budgeteers agreed.  —  In September, two weeks before the Affordable Care Act was due to launch, President Obama declared that …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Pen, a Phone and a Meme  —  The Republican messaging machine is at it again, cranking out scurrilous memes that defame the president and distract from the party's inaction.  —  The latest talking point is that the president is a “lawless” “dictator” hellbent on operating outside, and indeed above, the law.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government will soon treat married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify in court or visit family in prison.  —  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day #2: The Madness of Austerity  —  January's job numbers were fairly dismal, but the bad cheer wasn't equally spread.  Private sector employment, as usual, increased—by 142,000 jobs last month.  At the same time, public sector employment declined.  Government employment at all levels was down 29,000 in January.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
President Obama's magic words and numbers  —  Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking …
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Washington Wire
Chris Christie struggles to deal with turmoil  —  The memo from Gov. Chris Christie's office attacking former appointee David Wildstein's credibility landed with a thud.  It was a striking and deeply personal broadside coming from a chief executive of a state, and even his allies called it a mistake.
Mike Kelly /
GWB scandal: Fort Lee mayor now says Christie campaign courted him for endorsement
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
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Christopher Ketcham / American Prospect:
This Land Was Your Land  —  In Utah and other Western states …
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Mike Lear / Missourinet:
Two articles of impeachment filed against Governor Nixon (AUDIO/COPY OF THE ARTICLES)
Discussion: The Raw Story