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12:15 PM ET, January 27, 2015

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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: I hope Romney is the GOP nominee  —  Mitt Romney has attracted an unlikely supporter in his possible 2016 White House bid: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  —  Asked if Romney has any shot at defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, Pelosi told The Hill, “No, no. I mean, he might be a nice person …
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New York Times:
As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch's Eyes  —  The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat.  Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate …
Discussion: Althouse
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: For 2016, many Republicans but just one Democrat
Discussion: Hot Air and National Journal
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  —  New York City was spared from the worst of a snowstorm that hit the Northeast early Tuesday, with the dire warnings that it could be one of the worst blizzards in the city's history failing to materialize.
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 …
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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
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Defends US Ties as He Pays Respects in Saudi Arabia  —  President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen …
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
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Associated Press:   Saudi Arabia's New King Refused to Intervene in a Controversial Beheading
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
White House.gov Blog:
Map: Here's How the President's Actions on Immigration Will Impact Your State  —  “Passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child …
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Walt Bonner / Fox News:
Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time  —  File photo - The Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset is shown in this image from the International Space Station and posted to social media on Dec. 14, 2014.  (REUTERS/Terry Virts/NASA/Handout)
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.
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.
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence  —  HOLLADAY, Utah — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from defeat.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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 …
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Politics:
Exclusive: Rubio Says 2016 Decision Coming By Spring  —  While hundreds of his supporters milled around a ritzy art deco hotel in Miami Beach on Saturday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio lunched with his closest allies in a small conference room where he provided a detailed glimpse at how he'd approach …
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Rebecca Nelson / National Journal:   Rand Paul Stands Apart in His Pitch for Koch Brothers Cash
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 …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Judge: You cannot name your baby ‘Nutella’  —  A French judge has ordered the parents of a baby girl not to name her Nutella — to save her from a lifetime of teasing.  —  “The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread,” the court ruled, according to La Voix Du Nord newspaper.
Discussion: US News and Truth Revolt
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Big Blizzards Have Become More Common In New York  —  It's snowing less in New York, and it's snowing more.  Let me explain.  —  If you read my colleague Harry Enten's Sunday piece — or if you've been living in New York for the past few years — you'll know that the city has recently endured some awful snowstorms.
Sylvia M. Burwell / New England Journal of Medicine:
Setting Value-Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care  —  Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health care coverage and made it affordable to many more Americans, we have the opportunity to shape the way care is delivered and improve the quality of care systemwide …
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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