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5:40 PM ET, January 19, 2015


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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
GOP finds its secret weapon  —  Republicans believe they have identified a potent weapon in their fight against President Obama's regulatory agenda.  —  GOP lawmakers plan to employ the seldom-used Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives lawmakers the power to formally disapprove of major agency rules …
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obama uses his tax proposal to taunt the GOP  —  Let's imagine you were a Democratic president who just lost control of Congress to the Republicans, and you wanted to make it really, really clear that you are not serious about governing.  What would you do?
ABC News:
An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
Discussion: Addicting Info and PoliticusUSA
Juan Williams / The Hill:   McConnell's cunning Keystone game
Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Cowboy’ conservative claims MLK for the Tea Party until liberals stop bringing up race  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  During his speech at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention yesterday, conservative entertainer and YouTube celebrity “Wild Bill” …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Santorum, weighing 2016 presidential bid, jabs Romney  —  MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —A confident Rick Santorum took the stage at a tea party convention here on Monday, taking swings at 2012 presidential rival Mitt Romney and offering a glimpse of what a second Santorum bid would look like.
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Signal
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:   MLK was ‘divisive,’ DHS secretary recalls
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a ‘Killer’?  (Exclusive)  —  In the wake of Oscar nominations, Academy members begin buzzing over recent criticism of the film's subject, Chris Kyle  —  Even as “American Sniper” breaks January box-office records …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Scalia Lands at Top of Sarcasm Index of Justices.  Shocking.  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia has a sharp tongue and a cutting writing style.  His signature mode is sarcasm.  —  It was on display last week when a lawyer made the mistake of saying that Justice Scalia was right — but only “in a literal sense.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Huge trove of Hillary Clinton White House files set for release  —  A massive collection of documents related to Hillary Clinton's policy work as first lady is set to go public this spring, just as her expected campaign to return to the White House could be ramping up.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
The Search for a Slogan  —  What Hillary, Jeb, Rand and the rest …
Discussion: The Hill and The Glittering Eye
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:   Ready for Hillary, Emily's List in Talks to Join Social Media Forces
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The conventional wisdom is wrong on Keystone XL  —  Poll after poll has shown overwhelming support for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  So when Congress passes a bill authorizing its construction, people want the White House to sign it immediately, right?  —  Wrong.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Faler / Politico:
5 things about Barack Obama's Robin Hood tax plan  —  The proposal faces long odds in the GOP-controlled Congress.  —  President Barack Obama would take from the rich and give to everyone else as part of a sweeping tax plan he intends to push Tuesday in his State of the Union address.
Marine Le Pen / New York Times:
France Was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism  —  Paris — “To misname things is to add to the world's unhappiness.”  Whether or not Albert Camus really did utter these words, they are an astonishingly apt description of the situation in which the French government now finds itself.
Donald F. Kettl / Washington Monthly:
Ten Secret Truths About Government Incompetence  —  What you can learn from the management mistakes of Obama and Bush.  —  Wednesday, November 9, 2016  —  To: President-elect  —  From: Donald F. Kettl  —  What you can learn from the management mistakes of Obama and Bush.  —  Congratulations!
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What a Rise in Obama's Approval Rating Means for 2016  —  After a difficult year, President Obama is enjoying a modest rebound ahead of State of the Union address Tuesday.  His approval rating has increased to around 46 percent over the last month, according to an average of polls taken over the last month …
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Smart Guns Save Lives.  So Where Are They?  —  BOULDER, Colo. — JUST after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Walmart store to spend holiday gift cards.  As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports …
Discussion: Jezebel
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
German Embed Reporter: ISIS Plans On Killing ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in ‘Religious Cleansing’  —  Jurgen Todenhofer, the first Western reporter to embed with Islamic State fighters and not be killed in the process, spoke to Al Jazeera about his time with the terror group.
Oxfam International:
ib-data-wealth-having-all-wanting- more-190115-en.xlsx  —  Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite.  These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
University Unearths Long-Lost MLK Speech Recording (AUDIO)
Discussion: Addicting Info
Raymond Ibrahim:
Italy: Muslims Destroy and Urinate on Virgin Mary Statue
Washington Post:
Here's what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Washington Times
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Half global wealth held by the 1%
Discussion: Quartz, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senator: Have to assume sleeper cells in US
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Brigadier General James Taylor?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hating Good Government  —  It's now official: 2014 was the warmest year on record.
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades
Discussion: Fox News and New York Magazine
Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding
Discussion: Firedoglake and Addicting Info
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Who would Americans like to see on the campaign trail in 2016?