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10:00 AM ET, January 27, 2015

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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 …
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Koch Brothers' Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties' Spending
Discussion: Political Wire and Gawker
Amanda Andrade-... / opposingviews.com/homepage.xml:   Koch Brothers Plan To Spend $889 Million On Political Influence
Benjamin Kabak / Second Ave. Sagas:
After Cuomo's surprise, overnight subway service continues without passengers  —  It's 11:45 p.m. Do you know where you subway is?  —  Four years ago, when a huge winter storm socked New York City, the MTA and then-Gov. David Paterson, in the final few days of his tenure, got unlucky.
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Nathan Tempey / The Brooklyn Paper:
TRANSIT: EXCLUSIVE: Subways will run empty overnight during snowstorm, source says  —  Note: More media content is available for this story at BrooklynPaper.com.  —  The Brooklyn Paper  —  Ghost trains are running under Brooklyn tonight.  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's move to shut off …
New York Times:
New York City Is Spared Worst Effects of Snowstorm
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.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gay Ala. Lawmaker Threatens To Out Colleagues' Affairs
Discussion: Addicting Info
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: With Hillary Clinton, Democrats can win the House  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Democrats can recapture control of the House in 2016 by riding Hillary Clinton's coattails.  —  “Yes, we can win the House,” the California Democrat said during a sit-down interview in her Capitol office.
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Susan Page / USA Today:   Poll: For 2016, many Republicans but just one Democrat
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
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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.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Indiana Gov. Starting State-Run News Service To Compete With Actual Press
Discussion: Addicting Info
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 …
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.
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Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
Nor'Easter Could Paralyze Northeastern U.S.
Joel Greenbergmcclatchy / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Criticism of Netanyahu's planned US speech mounts in Israel  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing criticism in Israel for a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, accused by his political rivals of damaging ties with Washington to promote his election campaign.
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert: God Will Punish America For Obama's Tense Relationship With Netanyahu
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Report: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to Be Charged for Desertion — Here Are the Details  —  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was reportedly held captive by Taliban militants for five years, will be charged with desertion for leaving his post, according to sources of retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
C.I.A. Officer Is Found Guilty in Leak Tied to Times Reporter  —  WASHINGTON — Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage Monday on charges that he told a reporter for The New York Times about a secret operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear program.
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Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
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 …
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
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Will the next attorney general stand for the rule of law?  —  On Wednesday, Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will raise her right hand in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and swear to tell the whole truth to lawmakers during her nomination hearing for attorney general of the United States.
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: Feministing and Raw Story
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Lawmaker Calls To Defund Low-Income Birth Control Because IUDs ‘Stop A Small Child From Implanting’
New York Post:
Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies  —  Anna Chapman and a drawing of Igor Sporyshev in court with his lawyer.  —  A Russian espionage ring tried to recruit college co-eds and other New York City women to serve as intelligence sources following the stunning arrest …
KCTV:
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
Daily Mail:
Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report  — Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years  — Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION …
 
 
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Week ahead: FCC to review standards for high-speed Internet
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Paul Steinhauser / National Journal:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Jay Glazer / Fox Sports:
Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant