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7:10 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
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  —  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 moving toward suit on Obama's immigration steps
Discussion: ABC News and The PJ Tatler
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: House had a ‘right’ to invite Benjamin Netanyahu
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
White House Drone Crash Is Tied to Drunken Spy Agency Employee  —  WASHINGTON — It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an inebriated, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend's quadcopter drone …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama to Drop 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 popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Couldn't Deal With Women At Fox News Who Swore In The Office  —  Mike Huckabee channeled his internal Ned Flanders last week, lamenting the fact that he doesn't just hear cuss words in the office these days, but he even hears them coming from women.
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.
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
Army Times:
Army: Bergdahl reports are untrue, no decision made
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: US News and Israel Matzav
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 …
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
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: Gawker, Business Insider and Althouse
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 …
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” …
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  —  The Brooklyn Paper  —  Ghost trains are running under Brooklyn tonight.  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's move to shut off …
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 …
Tom LoBianco / Indianapolis Star:
Gov. Pence ‘clarifying’ state-run news plan  —  Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he will be “clarifying” what his “Just IN” news site will be doing soon and called reports on the plan an “understandable misunderstanding.”  —  Pence played down his administration's plans to start a news site Tuesday …
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 …
Leslie Albrecht / DNAinfo New York:
Dozens of Rabbits From Gowanus Yard Seized by Authorities During Snowstorm  —  GOWANUS — Police seized nearly 80 rabbits from the backyard of a Gowanus apartment building as a snowstorm bore down on the city Monday night, the bunnies' owner and the NYPD told DNAinfo New York.
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Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Power Line
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Disney Eyeing Chris Pratt For Indiana Jones Revival
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 Earlier Items: 
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Walt Bonner / Fox News:
Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Judge: You cannot name your baby ‘Nutella’
Discussion: US News and Truth Revolt
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars