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7:55 AM ET, January 27, 2015

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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million  —  The Koch brothers' operation intends to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections — an historic sum that in many ways would mark Charles and David Koch and their fellow conservative mega-donors as more powerful than the official Republican Party.
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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 …
Amanda Andrade-... / opposingviews.com/homepage.xml:   Koch Brothers Plan To Spend $889 Million On Political Influence
Rebecca Nelson / National Journal:   Rand Paul Stands Apart in His Pitch for Koch Brothers Cash
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Reuters and FreakOutNation
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gay Ala. Lawmaker Threatens To Out Colleagues' Affairs
Discussion: Addicting Info
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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CBO's Publications:
The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025  —  The federal budget deficit, which has fallen sharply during the past few years, is projected to hold steady relative to the size of the economy through 2018.  Beyond that point, however, the gap between spending and revenues is projected to grow …
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Maggie's Farm
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert: God Will Punish America For Obama's Tense Relationship With Netanyahu  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert warned President Obama last week that his “disdain” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cause God to punish America, insisting that the president “would have that same disdain …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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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.
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 …
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’
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 …
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
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
How “The Left's Best Chance in a Generation” Won Greece Over: A Guide  —  While liberal and left-wing Americans stare distastefully and apprehensively at their pitiful choices for next year's presidential election, Greek voters are celebrating the victory of Syriza, the young, pragmatic …
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Jay Glazer / Fox Sports:
Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant … PHOENIX — Deflategate has taken another twist.  —  FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and TMZ.com
Paul Steinhauser / National Journal:
How Big Is the GOP Presidential Field?  Bob Ehrlich Is Preparing to Run  —  The former Maryland governor is making trips to the early-voting GOP primary states, and discussing how to fund a campaign.  —  CONCORD—He's gotten very little attention since losing the governor's race in Maryland five years ago …
Discussion: USA Today and Hot Air
Monster Hunter Nation:
Sad Puppies 3: The Ensaddening.  —  It is that time of year again.  If you'd like to nominate good books, stories, and related works for the Hugos so that the biggest award in sci-fi/fantasy isn't just a Social Justice Warrior circle jerk, you need to get yourself a supporting membership to Sasquan before the end of January.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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White House.gov Blog:
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Week ahead: FCC to review standards for high-speed Internet
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Facebook Said to Block Pages on Muhammad to Avoid Ban in Turkey
National Journal:
“It is one of the most intense relationships two people could share,” says a top Castro adviser.
Daily Mail:
DANIEL HANNAN: What's the Eurocrats' real fear? Greece quits and thrives
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers ‘terrorists’, BBC says
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Hank Green / Medium:
Holy S**t, I Interviewed the President
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Bloomberg:
Russia Credit Rating Cut to Junk by S&P First Time in Decade
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Weekly Standard
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman: A Lot Of Strong GOP Support For Israel “Has To Do With Fundraising”