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1:15 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
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 …
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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.
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.
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Army Times:
Army: Bergdahl reports are untrue, no decision made  —  The Army says there is no truth to media reports claiming a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.  —  The Army continues to review the case against Bergdahl, said Paul Boyce, a spokesman for Forces Command, on Tuesday morning.
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC
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.
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Daniel Burke / CNN:
Mormon church backs LGBT rights — with one condition  —  CNN Explains: Mormonism 04:41  —  (CNN)In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce.  —  Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City …
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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New York Times:
Obama Meets With New King of Saudi Arabia  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, leading a bipartisan delegation of prominent current and former officials to shore up an important relationship and offer condolences for the death of King Abdullah.
Discussion: The Jawa Report, US News and USA Today
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Associated Press:   Saudi Arabia's New King Refused to Intervene in a Controversial Beheading
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Defends US Ties as He Pays Respects in Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
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)
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
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris  —  State Attorney General Kamala Harris got an early boost from the White House for her 2016 U.S. Senate race Monday, as she was tapped to be the high-profile messenger of how President Obama's executive actions on immigration are helping California's economy.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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
New York Times:
Man Who Crashed Drone at White House Was Drinking, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The man who was operating a drone that crashed on the White House grounds early Monday has told Secret Service investigators that he had been drinking at an apartment nearby before he lost control of the craft, according to law enforcement officials.
Discussion: CNN
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Washington Post:
Drone incident at White House highlights long-studied, still-unsolved security gap
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say  —  How the language police are perverting liberalism.  —  Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus.
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.
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.
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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Sylvia M. Burwell / New England Journal of Medicine:
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Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Politics:
Exclusive: Rubio Says 2016 Decision Coming By Spring
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Bernie Sanders flips the script with ‘deficits’ plan
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