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2:05 PM ET, January 23, 2015


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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 …
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.
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 …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic Online:
Will Democrats Spoil Obama's Trade Initiatives?
Discussion: New York Times and
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama to Pass on Meeting Netanyahu During Washington Visit
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Steve King for a day  —  Democrats seize on an event being hosted …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Benjy Sarlin /
Steve King, once a GOP pariah, emerges as critical 2016 player
New York Times:
Conservative Gathering in Iowa Offers Platform to Several Possible 2016 Contenders
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.
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 …
New York Times:
King Abdullah, a Shrewd Force Who Reshaped Saudi Arabia, Dies at 90  —  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment …
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
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Nick Bryant / Gawker:
Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire's Sex Jet  —  Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the “Lolita Express”—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein's address book under an entry for …
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
The ‘American Sniper’ Freakout  —  Why the left can't tolerate this movie.  —  “So-called ‘sand movies,’ the term Hollywood sometimes uses for films set in Afghanistan and Iraq, have a terrible box office track record,” noted the New York Times.  Or rather, they had a terrible box office track record.
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.
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.
Jason Howerton /
Sarah Palin on New GOP Majority: 'It's Not Just the New England Patriots Who Are Dealing with Deflated Balls'  —  Editor's Note:  —  TheBlaze's coverage of the SHOT Show is sponsored by CDNN Sports and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.  —  LAS VEGAS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declined …
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:
Fox's Kurtz: Obama YouTube Interview Was ‘Beneath the Dignity of the Office’  —  President Obama did an interview earlier today with three very popular YouTube celebrities.  The press corps was somewhat flabbergasted by this, given the president's reticence to engage with them more.
New York Times:
Gross Incompetence Cited in Rikers Island Death  —  A New York State watchdog agency overseeing jails and prisons has found that gross incompetence by medical personnel and correction officers at Rikers Island led to the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces after being locked in a cell for six days.
Discussion: Gothamist and ANIMAL
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Finally Obtained: David Gregory Arrest Warrant Affidavit  —  This is likely the final chapter in the saga of our two-year long fight to obtain important documents regarding the non-prosecution of David Gregory for possessing on Meet the Press an illegal high-capacity ammunition magazine.
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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Senate Sets Final Vote For Keystone XL After Long, Tense Night Of Amendment Voting
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Politico
Helena Smith / Guardian:
Syriza stretches poll lead as Greek election campaign ends
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Will Kasich's Balanced Budget Tour Lead Him to White House?
Discussion: Political Wire
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Releases 2014 Travel and Trade Statistics
Discussion: Politico, The TSA Blog and NPR
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin governor touts drug testing for aid recipients
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
The Daily Show Asks When There'll Be a Huge Rally for Boko Haram Victims
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX News Radio
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Objections by Women Open Rift in G.O.P.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Dish
U.S. pulls more staff from Yemen embassy amid deepening crisis
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS News and The PJ Tatler
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Rape controversies return to haunt GOP
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
New York Times:
After Arrest, New York Speaker Sheldon Silver Should Step Down
Discussion: Gothamist
Associated Press:
Alec Baldwin confronts his ‘demons’ in new memoir
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and VodkaPundit
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax
Discussion: Guardian