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8:15 PM ET, January 21, 2015


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New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Recommend No Civil Rights Charges in Ferguson Shooting  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Post Doctored Version Of State Of The Union, Censor Facts On Climate Change  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File  —  The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a version of President Obama's State of the Union address …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and The Week
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's Bibi invite sets up showdown with White House  —  The speaker didn't consult with the administration before inviting Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran.  —  House Speaker John Boehner is setting up his most dramatic foreign policy confrontation with President Barack Obama to date …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner's Netanyahu Invite Is An ‘Unprecedented’ Diss Of Obama  —  House Speaker John Boehner's invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress on Iran is an unprecedented rebuke of President Barack Obama as he and Congress are preparing for a battle over Iran sanctions, experts told TPM.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Megyn Kelly Moment  —  On a gray Wednesday in November, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and four producers gathered around a conference table on the 17th floor of the News Corporation building in Manhattan.  They were there to plan the 281st episode of “The Kelly File,” …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How struggling Americans reacted to Obama's speech — in real time  —  The policies the President laid out in his State of the Union speech may be going nowhere on Capitol Hill.  But they amount to a kind of template for the broader economic agenda and governing philosophy that will define …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's State of the Union address 2015
Discussion: Informed Comment and Power Line
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN to Produce Political Game Show  —  First on TVNewser: CNN is producing a political game show, TVNewser has learned.  The blocking and testing of the show is happening this week at CNN's New York studios.  —  Insiders tell us the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air on Presidents' Day, Feb. 16.
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated  —  The NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC Championship Game told ESPN.
Katie Mettler / Tampa Bay Times:
Man shopping for coffee creamer at Walmart attacked by vigilante for carrying gun he was legally permitted to have  —  BRANDON — Clarence Daniels had just crossed the threshold of Walmart's front doors on Tuesday, in search of coffee creamer for his wife, when the gun in hip holster gave …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The most important sentence in Obama's 2015 State of the Union  —  1) The most striking sentence in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union came near the start: “Tonight, we turn the page.”  —  2) It is the seventh year of Obama's presidency.  But it's the first in which the economy is no longer in crisis.
J.D. Tuccille / Hit & Run:
NY Sheriff to Constituents: Keep Your Handguns and Toss the Permit Applications  —  A New York lawman is winning plaudits from gun owners over his stance on firearm regulation—he wants less of it.  Fulton County Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey is already known as a supporter of the Second Amendment …
Discussion: SayUncle
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Oath Keeper sheriff urges New Yorkers to ignore new law on gun registration
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum: The Pope Is ‘Difficult To Listen To’ Sometimes  —  Ex-senator and onetime GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum has nearly reached his wits end after yet another statement by Pope Francis that has rankled conservatives.  —  In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
BREAST IMPLANT LEAK DELAYS CONGRESSMAN'S WIFE'S BIGAMY TRIAL … ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House Republicans Encounter Divisions Over Abortion Bill  —  House Republicans ran into divisions Wednesday over the new Congress' first abortion bill, and leaders were searching for a way to advance the legislation without an embarrassing split over the issue.
House GOP may tweak abortion bill to quell revolt
Discussion: Jezebel
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Joe Biden on 2016: 'There's a chance'  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he might challenge Hillary Clinton for the party's nomination in 2016.  —  “Yes,” Biden said, laughing, when asked if there's a chance that he'd challenge Clinton.  —  Story Continued Below
Discussion: FOX News Radio
The Huffington Post:
GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA  —  WASHINGTON — The new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to give back to the CIA an explosive, secret document that has been at the center of a years-long struggle between Congress and the executive branch.
Discussion: The Week, Common Dreams and Raw Story
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Solved: Nathan Deal's mysterious overseas adventure  —  Gov. Nathan Deal skipped town over the weekend for an economic development trip.  Just where he went is being treated like a state secret.  —  Gov. Nathan Deal/AJC file  —  His office won't disclose where the state's top elected official journeyed or whom he visited.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Irked By Obama Zinger In State Of The Union Address  —  Republicans were irked by President Barack Obama's caustic reminder in his State of the Union speech that he defeated them twice.  —  “I've run my last campaign,” Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address.
31.7 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE IN TO WATCH PRES. OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS  —  President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address.  The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision.
“Putting 'em in a coffin” prank causes outrage in Hampton Roads … Chesapeake, Va. - “Putting 'em in a coffin.”  —  It's a phrase describing a prank in which kids jump back-first onto cars, trying to emulate a coffin.  —  A viewer emailed NewsChannel 3, telling us it happened to him on Monday night.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Woman Showcased by Obama in SOTU is a Former Democratic Campaign Staffer  —  The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.
Kate Connolly / Guardian:
Photograph of Germany's Pegida leader styled as Adolf Hitler goes viral  —  Lutz Bachmann, said by German intelligence services to be a target for Islamist terrorists, posted the picture on Facebook  —  A photograph of the leader of a growing “anti-Islamisation” movement in Germany styled …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal: US Will Have Its Own ‘No-Go Zones’ Unless We Take This Seriously  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday stood behind his declaration that European cities have Muslim “no-go zones” and went on to say that if the U.S. wasn't careful, it would be seeing its own “no-go zones” soon.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Soap Company Pulls Product with Mosque Picture After Complaints
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DeWayne Wickham / USA Today:
‘Charlie Hebdo’ crosses the line
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Washington Post:
Virginia lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey faces new criminal charges
GOP seeking Plan B on immigration
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Another SOTU, another nap for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Emily DeVoe / WECT-TV:
Veteran slammed with nasty note for parking in reserved spot
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Tale of Two Pegs  —  I'm still in Hong Kong, and there's …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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