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4:15 PM ET, January 23, 2015


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Obama to Netanyahu: Stop pushing Congress toward new sanctions on Iran - Diplomacy and Defense  —  Obama, Biden and Kerry would shun Israeli prime minister during his visit to Washington on March; ‘Netanyahu spat in our face.  There will be a price,’ U.S. official says.
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials say  —  Incensed diplo-speak makes way for anger over PM's uncoordinated Congress address, as Washington promises premier will pay a price  —  The White House's outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to speak before Congress in March …
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Obama White House in meltdown over Netanyahu's proposed speech to Congress  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, once slandered by an unnamed White House official as a “chickens***,” does not seem so timid anymore.  The White House did not feel that it was especially necessary …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Republic of Disrespect  —  America's partisan divisions spread to international relations.  —  It's odd in Washington now.  There's a lot of claiming of authority and no taking of responsibility.  —  The president gave his State of the Union address, and of course the TV ratings were bad …
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Sarah Palin on 2016: ‘Of Course’ She's Interested … Just before she heads to Iowa for the first major conservative showcase of the 2016 election cycle, Sarah Palin said “of course” she's interested in the 2016 presidential election.  —  “Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant's heart …
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Marco Rubio Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Bid … Sen. Marco Rubio has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to early-voting states in the coming weeks, ABC News has learned.
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Rubio 2016 is Real, and It's Spectacular
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Hohmann / Politico:
Steve King for a day  —  Democrats seize on an event being hosted by immigration lightning rod Steve King.  —  Democrats are looking to turn a weekend event in Iowa being hosted by immigration lightning rod Steve King into a spectacle that sets the GOP further back with Latinos ahead of the 2016 campaign.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. King Keeps A List Of GOPers Who Have Lobbed Personal Attacks
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
GOP strategist with Iowa ties joins Team Scott Walker  —  The team that is building Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's political organization for a possible presidential campaign has brought on a GOP strategist with Iowa ties: David Polyansky.  —  Polyansky, a Texan who played senior roles …
John Fund / National Review:
Wisconsin Stubborn  —  National polls show Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney …
Discussion: and JSOnline
New York Times:
A Scorsese Documentary on Bill Clinton Is Stalled  —  Martin Scorsese has tackled the mob, the Dalai Lama and the real-life Wolf of Wall Street.  —  But Mr. Scorsese appears to have met his match in Bill Clinton.  —  The filmmaker's partly finished documentary about Mr. Clinton …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea  —  Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state's governor said Friday.  —  Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn't fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Alec MacGillis / Slate:
Republicans returned to their war on Obamacare on Thursday.  It didn't go well.  —  Now that Republicans are in control of both chambers of Congress, the push to slay Obamacare by a thousand cuts is officially underway.  But if the first stab is any indication, Republicans are going to need some sharper knives.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Landon Haaf / WFAA-TV:
Cowboys fan sues NFL for $88 billion over reversed call  —  “Dean Blandino, Gene Steratore, and Roger Goodell are wrong and have stolen a victory from the plaintiffs,” Hendrix said in the handwritten lawsuit.  —  CONNECT  —  A man incarcerated in a Colorado correctional facility filed …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Senator Explains Why The Supreme Court Challenge To Obamacare Is Garbage  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is one of six Republican senators who joined an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to gut one of the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Beenish Ahmed / ThinkProgress:
The Truth About How King Abdullah Treated Women, Including His Own Daughters  —  King Abdullah, 90, who died early Friday morning, is being hailed as a reformer, despite condoning human rights abuses and forwarding only very measured efforts to promote democracy in his oil-rich nation.
New York Times:
King Abdullah, a Shrewd Force Who Reshaped Saudi Arabia, Dies at 90
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
What You Missed If You Didn't Watch  —  Five insights into Obama, none of them flattering.  —  If you skipped President Obama's State of the Union address on TV last week, you missed something.  It was long (61 minutes) and uninspiring.  Yet as the Obama presidency enters its seventh year, the speech was revealing.
National Journal:
“When you combine unlimited contributions with secrecy, you are dealing with the most dangerous kind of corrupting money."  —  The current flurry of undisclosed activity—already totaling in the millions—could prove only a prelude.  Many expect every major 2016 candidate to eventually …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Modern Farmer Ceases Publication  —  Modern Farmer, the 100,000-circulation quarterly and website that tried to link effete urban farmers' market culture with the practicalities of actual farming, ceased publication Friday, as the last of the paid editorial staff members walked out its doors.
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush Gives Potential Big Donors a Price List  —  As he lines up support for a likely presidential bid, Republican Jeb Bush is offering donors the chance to join his “national executive committee” - if they raise $500,000 by March 31.  —  A pledge form for Mr. Bush's newly formed Right …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Beck To Pope Francis: I Need To Teach You About Capitalism  —  Conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck said Thursday that he wants to give Pope Francis a lesson in free-market economics.  —  Speaking on “The Glenn Beck Program” on his own network The Blaze, Beck said the pope's experiences …
Christina Hoff Sommers / The Daily Beast:
The Media Is Making College Rape Culture Worse  —  College sexual assault is a very real problem—but news organizations and government bureaucrats do victims no favors when they exaggerate its prevalence.  —  The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Kerry on Rejecting ‘Islamic Extremism’ Label: We Can't ‘Blame Muslims Collectively’  —  Over the past few weeks, some members of the press (and the conservative media) have been criticizing the White House for refusing to say the phrase “Islamic extremism” in reference to the Paris attacks or other acts of terrorism.
Cedarville 2nd Graders Shown Racial Slur-Laced Martin Luther King Video … CEDARVILLE (KFSM) - Cedarville school administrators say they are trying to figure out what to do after second-graders were shown an inappropriate video about Martin Luther King, Jr., that includes several instances of racial slurs and inappropriate language.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
People Are Talking About Michael Bloomberg Buying the New York Times, Including Michael Bloomberg  —  If the former mayor tries, it won't be without its challenges.  —  Shares  —  For years now, it has been speculated in media circles that Mike Bloomberg could be a white knight and save the New York Times.
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Don Terry / Hatewatch:
Former Neo-Nazi Candidate for U.S. Senate Arrested
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Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Rape controversies return to haunt GOP
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