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2:25 PM ET, January 27, 2015

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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.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House moving toward suit on Obama's immigration steps  —  ‘We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue — one we believe gives us the best chance of success,’ the speaker said.  —  House Speaker John Boehner's leadership team is preparing a resolution …
Joel Greenbergmcclatchy / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Criticism of Netanyahu's planned US speech mounts in Israel
ABC News:
House Speaker John Boehner Threatens Second Lawsuit Against Obama on Immigration
Discussion: Politico
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert: God Will Punish America For Obama's Tense Relationship With Netanyahu
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Obama: We need more drone regulations  —  Obama responds to drone landing at White House 01:54  —  (CNN)One day after a drone crashed at the White House, President Barack Obama reiterated the need to regulate the industry as the recreational and commercial use of drones expands.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
Deploy the White House Laser!
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.
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Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC
Army Times:
Army: Bergdahl reports are untrue, no decision made
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Benjamin Kabak / Second Ave. Sagas:
After Cuomo's surprise, overnight subway service continues without passengers
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 …
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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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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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
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)
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 …
cms.gov:
CMS and Indiana Agree on Medicaid Expansion … CMS and Indiana Agree on Medicaid Expansion  —  CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell issued the following statement today after Indiana became the 28th state - plus the District of Columbia - to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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: Gawker
 
 
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John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy McMillan of ‘The Rent Is Too Damn High’ receives eviction notice
Elana Schor / Politico:
Keystone votes fail in Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
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Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
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Sylvia M. Burwell / New England Journal of Medicine:
Setting Value-Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care
 Earlier Items: 
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
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Will the next attorney general stand for the rule of law?
Tom LoBianco / Indianapolis Star:
Pence state-run news outlet will compete with media