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8:10 PM ET, January 26, 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.”
Kent Faulk /
Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker threatens to ‘out’ officials having extramarital affairs  —  Alabama's first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials …
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad News #gay
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: ‘No, No, No, No’ … As recently as October, Ann Romney was poo-pooing the notion of a third Mitt Romney candidacy.  After two failed presidential bids, in 2008 and 2012, she and her husband had “moved on,” she told ABC News.
New York Times:
Romney's Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say
Discussion: Althouse
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem
Des Moines Register:
Gov. Branstad transported to hospital after falling ill
Discussion: Business Insider
John Dickerson / Slate:
Wisconsin's Scott Walker outshines the competition in Iowa.  —  Before the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, one Republican activist summed up Gov. Scott Walker's challenge this way: “He doesn't make the flashbulbs go off.”  But at the end of the marathon day of speeches before conservatives …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rove Tells Trump Not to Lecture Romney on ‘Choking’: You Choke on Running!
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.”  —
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station  —  CREDIT: Kristiana Coignard, Courtesy of Heather Robertson  —  On Thursday, 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard was shot dead by three police officers in the lobby of the Longview Police Department.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Marshall News Messenger:
Answers slow in Longview police department shooting
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
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.
Justin Haskins / New York Post:
Endlessly slapped by ObamaCare
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’
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
Mike Allen / Politico:
Inside Hillary Clinton's 2016 plan  —  New campaign takes shape, with ‘big-tent mentality’ and ‘good cop’ for press.  —  Not only is she running, but we have a very good idea of what it will look like.  —  Hillary Clinton is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ending Greece's Nightmare  —  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece.  He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010.
Russia Credit Rating Cut to Junk by S&P First Time in Decade  —  Russia's credit rating was cut to junk by Standard & Poor's, putting it below investment grade for the first time in a decade.  —  S&P, which last downgraded Russia in April, cut the sovereign one step to BB+, according to a statement.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Weekly Standard
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.
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 …
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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
David McCabe / The Hill:
US closes embassy in Yemen amid unrest
Hank Green / Medium:
Holy S**t, I Interviewed the President
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hot Air
The Weather Channel:
Winter Storm Juno: Northeast Snowstorm Imminent; Blizzard Conditions Forecast in 7 States
Derek Hunter /
This Is “Forward”?  —  Progressive politicians and activists …
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Joe Biden and John Boehner Share State of the Union Survival Tips
Discussion: Politico
Lauren French / Politico:
9 Republicans launch House Freedom Caucus
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Congress torn over depleted disability fund
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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So I'm running for Governor of Kentucky in 2015 DIT - Drew
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Wilde / BREITBART.COM:
“I can make America great again,” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
York man arrested for shooting teen over snowballs
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info