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3:40 PM ET, January 27, 2015

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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Netanyahu Disaster  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters/The Atlantic)  —  Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons.  He might argue that this description of his mission …
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
Louie Gohmert, the Bibi Whisperer  —  The Texas congressman who's wanted Netanyahu to take it to Obama for years.  —  Before it was an international incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress was just a twinkle in Louie Gohmert's eye.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House had a ‘right’ to invite Benjamin Netanyahu
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House moving toward suit on Obama's immigration steps
Discussion: ABC News
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
Boehner to Sue Obama, Again
Joel Greenbergmcclatchy / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Criticism of Netanyahu's planned US speech mounts in Israel
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert: God Will Punish America For Obama's Tense Relationship With Netanyahu
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.
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 …
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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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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: Addicting Info, Fox News and Mediaite
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC
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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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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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 …
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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: Business Insider, Gawker and Althouse
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who's speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread …
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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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Stonewalled author Attkisson to testify on Obama's AG nominee  —  A former CBS investigative reporter who has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Obama administration for hacking will be among the witnesses at a hearing on President Obama's attorney general nominee.
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Katie Pavlich / The Hill:   Will the next attorney general stand for the rule of law?
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)
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy McMillan of ‘The Rent Is Too Damn High’ receives eviction notice  —  McMillan has been slapped with an eviction notice ordering him out of his $872-a-month rent stabilized East Village apartment.  The 68-year-old has been embroiled in a legal battle with the landlord …
Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Obama's terror strategy is failing: US must heed lessons of 9/11  —  It is increasingly apparent that the U.S. war against Islamic extremism has been put on hold by President Obama and his national security team.  —  President Obama failed to even mention Al Qaeda during his State of the Union address.
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
 
 
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Met Office:
2014 one of the warmest years on record globally
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Leslie Albrecht / DNAinfo New York:
Dozens of Rabbits From Gowanus Yard Seized by Authorities During Snowstorm
Brendan Kirby / al.com:
Second Alabama gay couple wins same-sex marriage challenge
Elana Schor / Politico:
Keystone votes fail in Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
A Pair Of Gay ‘Tech Bears’ Owns JebBushForPresident.com
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Judge: You cannot name your baby ‘Nutella’
Discussion: US News and Truth Revolt
Associated Press:
Saudi Arabia's New King Refused to Intervene in a Controversial Beheading
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Politics:
Exclusive: Rubio Says 2016 Decision Coming By Spring
Discussion: The Week
New York Post:
Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies