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12:10 AM ET, January 27, 2015


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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Gay Alabama Lawmaker Threatens To Expose Colleagues' Marital Infidelities  —  WASHINGTON — Alabama's only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she'll start making their marital infidelities public.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gay Ala. Lawmaker Threatens To Out Colleagues' Affairs  —  Openly gay Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) this weekend warned her fellow lawmakers that she would expose their marital infidelities if they continued to oppose same sex marriage by emphasizing “family values.”
Discussion: Addicting Info
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million  —  The Koch brothers' operation intends to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections — an historic sum that in many ways would mark Charles and David Koch and their fellow conservative mega-donors as more powerful than the official Republican Party.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections  —  RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy …
Amanda Andrade-... /   Koch Brothers Plan To Spend $889 Million On Political Influence
CBO's Publications:
The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025  —  The federal budget deficit, which has fallen sharply during the past few years, is projected to hold steady relative to the size of the economy through 2018.  Beyond that point, however, the gap between spending and revenues is projected to grow …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders flips the script with ‘deficits’ plan  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is flipping the script on the GOP with a seven-step plan to address national “deficits” through increases in spending.  —  Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said lawmakers must address deficits …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom LoBianco / Indianapolis Star:
Pence state-run news outlet will compete with media  —  Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news service that will provide pre-written news stories to Indiana news outlets, as well as sometimes break news about his administration, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Indiana Gov. Starting State-Run News Service To Compete With Actual Press
Discussion: Addicting Info
Fox News:
Hunkerin' down: Tens of millions brace for worst as historic blizzard pummels northeast  —  Tens of millions across the northeast and New England hunkered down Monday to ride out an historic blizzard, while power crews across the region anticipated massive outages amid hurricane-force winds and plunging temperatures.
Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
Nor'Easter Could Paralyze Northeastern U.S.
The Weather Channel:
Winter Storm Juno: Northeast Snowstorm Imminent; Blizzard Conditions Forecast in 7 States
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Against Retirees in Health Benefits Case  —  Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a chemical company may be able to cut the health benefits of its retired workers, unanimously reversing an appeals court ruling that said the benefits had vested for life.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Balloon Juice
Three teens charged in slaying of 14-year-old girl  —  Three Kansas City teenagers have been charged in the murder of a 14-year-old girl at a water park.  —  Issac M.  “Malik” Carter, 17, Ce-Antonyo D. Kennedy, 17, and Dominic “Nick” McDaniel, 18, have all been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal
Nick Coltrain / Coloradoan Online:
Lawmaker asks Colorado to pay for IUD program  —  Health experts call it a wildly successful poverty-fighting measure and a good return on investment.  —  Others are adamantly opposed to the idea that the state would provide long-acting contraception to low-income women.
Discussion: Raw Story
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Lawmaker Calls To Defund Low-Income Birth Control Because IUDs ‘Stop A Small Child From Implanting’
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Everybody Hates Chris Christie  —  We're a long way from knowing who will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  Early polling data, however, can give us a sense for who fits the profile of past nominees, and who doesn't.  —  Since 1980, two types of candidates …
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox Station Employee Shoots Himself Outside News Corporation Building  —  A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself outside the front doors of a Midtown Manhattan office building shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said.
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
How “The Left's Best Chance in a Generation” Won Greece Over: A Guide  —  While liberal and left-wing Americans stare distastefully and apprehensively at their pitiful choices for next year's presidential election, Greek voters are celebrating the victory of Syriza, the young, pragmatic …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ending Greece's Nightmare
Jay Glazer / Fox Sports:
Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant … PHOENIX — Deflategate has taken another twist.  —  FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars  —  DEA Uses License-Plate Readers to Build Database for Federal, Local Authorities  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program …
Discussion: Mediaite and Reuters
Jimmy Centers / Governor Branstad:
Governor's Office releases statement regarding Gov. Branstad  —  Iowa Governor's Office spokesman Jimmy Centers today released the following statement after Gov. Terry Branstad fell ill at an event at DuPont Pioneer:  —  “Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer.
Des Moines Register:   Gov. Branstad transported to hospital after falling ill
New York Times:
C.I.A. Strike, First Since Yemen Upheaval, Kills 3 Qaeda Fighters, Officials Say  —  Videos Show Yemen's Unfolding Crisis Videos Show Yemen's Unfolding Crisis  —  Since Monday, videos have surfaced — both professional and amateur — showing the violence unfolding between the Yemeni Army and Houthi rebels in the capital, Sana.
Discussion: National Review and
David McCabe / The Hill:
US closes embassy in Yemen amid unrest
Monster Hunter Nation:
Sad Puppies 3: The Ensaddening.  —  It is that time of year again.  If you'd like to nominate good books, stories, and related works for the Hugos so that the biggest award in sci-fi/fantasy isn't just a Social Justice Warrior circle jerk, you need to get yourself a supporting membership to Sasquan before the end of January.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Paul Steinhauser / National Journal:
How Big Is the GOP Presidential Field?  Bob Ehrlich Is Preparing to Run  —  The former Maryland governor is making trips to the early-voting GOP primary states, and discussing how to fund a campaign.  —  CONCORD—He's gotten very little attention since losing the governor's race in Maryland five years ago …
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan L.M. Goldberg / The PJ Tatler:
Obama Backs Campaign to Defeat Netanyahu in Israeli Elections  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  “No more campaigns to run” in America, at least.  —  Caroline Glick picked up on one article the Israeli left-wing paper Ha'aretz didn't bother translating into English …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman: A Lot Of Strong GOP Support For Israel “Has To Do With Fundraising”  —  “You know, I'm a Jewish member of Congress, I'm a strong supporter of Israel, but my first obligation is to the Constitution of the United States, not to the Constitution of Israel.”  —
Michael R. Strain / Washington Post:
End Obamacare, and people could die.  That's okay.  —  We make such trade-offs all the time.  —  Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  —  Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017.
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National Journal:
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Daily Mail:
DANIEL HANNAN: What's the Eurocrats' real fear? Greece quits and thrives
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers ‘terrorists’, BBC says
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Daily Caller
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Transgender man has private audience with Pope Francis
Russia Credit Rating Cut to Junk by S&P First Time in Decade
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Hunter /
This Is “Forward”?  —  Progressive politicians and activists …
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rove Tells Trump Not to Lecture Romney on ‘Choking’: You Choke on Running!
Discussion: FOX News Radio
New York Times:
Romney's Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say
Discussion: Althouse