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9:45 PM ET, January 27, 2015


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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.
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
Punch-Drunk Jonathan Chait Takes On the Entire Internet  —  So, here is sad white man Jonathan Chait's essay about the difficulty of being a white man in the second age of “political correctness.”  In a neat bit of editorial trolling, New York teased the column with following question …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
White House Drone Crash Described as a U.S. Worker's Drunken Lark  —  WASHINGTON — It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend's drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Relents on Proposal to End ‘529’ College Savings Plans  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: I hope Romney is the GOP nominee
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 …
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
Boehner to Sue Obama, Again  —  The speaker is planning to hold a House vote authorizing a suit against the president over his executive orders on immigration.  —  Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration's decision …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:   Louie Gohmert, the Bibi Whisperer
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Would a U.S. Strike Against Iran Actually Work?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House moving toward suit on Obama's immigration steps
Discussion: Mediaite, ABC News and The PJ Tatler
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House had a ‘right’ to invite Benjamin Netanyahu
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Huckabee Not a Fan of Women Swearing in Workplace: ‘Just Trashy!’
Discussion: FreakOutNation
Mike Cason /
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he will continue to recognize ban on same-sex marriage  —  Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has released a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley saying that he intends to continue to recognize the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and urging the governor to do so.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Lashes Out At Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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 …
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.
Fox News:
Pentagon denies decision made to charge Bergdahl with desertion
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Keep immigration riders off DHS bill, all Senate Dems say  —  The united demand for a clean bill is critical: At least half a dozen Democratic votes are needed to advance any legislation in the Senate.  —  All the Senate Democrats have a message for Republicans on funding for the Department of Homeland Security: Give us a clean bill.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline
Discussion: PJ Media, US News and Israel Matzav
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Clinton willing to testify before Benghazi panel, Democrat says  —  Hillary Clinton is willing to testify before the House Select Committee that is investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to the panel's top Democrat.  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) …
David Knowles / Bloomberg Politics:   Hillary Clinton Willing to Testify, Again, on Benghazi
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 …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Disney Eyeing Chris Pratt For Indiana Jones Revival  —  EXCLUSIVE: Here's one from the helluva good idea department.  Marvel offerings are soaring, and Star Wars is being reinvigorated by director JJ Abrams.  Now, Disney has just started to turn its attention to reviving the Indiana Jones franchise …
New York Times:
Group Linked to ISIS Says It's Behind Assault on Libyan Hotel  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State said they were responsible for an armed assault on a luxury hotel that killed at least five people here on Tuesday, the most significant in a string …
Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Obama's terror strategy is failing: US must heed lessons of 9/11
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Gohmert: ‘Our Republican females sent entirely wrong message’ by wanting rape exception to abortion ban  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday accused GOP congresswomen — who he called “Republican females” — of sending “entirely the wrong message” …
New York Times:
Again for Murdoch, Romney Can Do No Right  —  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, Valerie Jarrett …
Discussion: Gawker, Business Insider and Althouse
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Hoping to Set Sail on Sunlight  —  To sail on winds of sunlight has long been a dream of rocket scientists.  —  The Planetary Society, a nonprofit that promotes space exploration, announced Monday that it would send the first of two small craft testing the technology of solar sails into orbit this May …
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Melissa Ruggieri / Music Scene blog:
2 Chainz wants to run for mayor of College Park
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Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
This Russian News Agency Doubled As a Spy Machine
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company
Discussion: Power Line
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Two weeks after Zuckerberg said ‘je suis Charlie,’ Facebook begins censoring images of prophet Muhammad
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jeb Bush Suggests Polite Self-Deportation For Undocumented Immigrants
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Leslie Albrecht / DNAinfo New York:
Dozens of Rabbits From Gowanus Yard Seized by Authorities During Snowstorm
Walt Bonner / Fox News:
Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time