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6:55 PM ET, January 28, 2015


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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
A Note To My Readers  —  One of the things I've always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers.  This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions …
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Romney began building expensive homes after 2012 loss  —  LA JOLLA, Calif. - On a recent weekday, a half dozen construction workers were crammed onto a small plot of land in this pricey community, banging away on an 11,000-square-foot house with expansive oceanfront views that will soon replace an old one a fraction of the size.
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Mitt Romney Will Portray Hillary Clinton As ‘Clueless’ on Jobs, Foreign Policy … Mitt Romney will speak about poverty in a speech in the nation's poorest state this evening — while directly taking aim at Hillary Clinton, saying she “cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia.”
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Mitt Romney to Attack Hillary Clinton in Speech
Discussion: Business Insider
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: January 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … The Public's Views Of King V. Burwell And Exchanges  —  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case, King v. Burwell, in March about whether the health care law says people in all states …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court case on key Obamacare provision takes up this senator's account  —  The challengers in the latest Supreme Court battle over the Affordable Care Act point to former Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as evidence of their claim that Congress intended that tax credits go only to qualified recipients …
Domenico Montanaro / PBS NewsHour:
Republicans to vote on repealing Obamacare ... again
Discussion: FOX News Radio
AF Identifies Boeing 747-8 platform for next Air Force One  —  WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve …
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
The New Air Force One is Coming, But Not Soon Enough for Obama
Discussion: Politico and The Verge
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin  —  It's time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor's critics always had a point.  —  Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?  —  In case you missed it …
House leaders may boot dissenters from whip team  —  It's yet another sign that top Republicans are looking to ostracize troublemakers in the Capitol.  —  House Republican leadership's crackdown against dissenters is continuing.  —  Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Scalise to meet with black leader who questioned his leadership
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Koch donors give Marco Rubio early nod  —  Straw poll at donor summit rates 5 GOP hopefuls.  —  Getty  —  The Koch brothers' conservative network is still debating whether it will spend any of its massive $889-million budget in the Republican presidential primaries, but the prospect …
Stephanie Smith / Page Six:
Marco Rubio's wife crashes family car at 2016 summit
Discussion: Politico and American Spectator
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Exclusive: Spending- why ‘red’ states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama  —  As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Mike Huckabee complains of ‘trashy’ women at Fox News  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in a recent radio appearance that while in New York for his Fox News show, he experienced significant culture shock from all the “trashy” women swearing in a professional setting.
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:   Politico invents nasty Mike Huckabee quote, mocks it
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Cruz praises first lady on headscarf  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Michelle Obama on Twitter Wednesday for not wearing a head covering while visiting Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.  —  “Kudos to @FLOTUS for standing up for women &refusing to wear Sharia-mandated head-scarf in Saudi Arabia.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
U-Va. sorority sisters ordered to stay home Saturday night for their own safety - while fraternity brothers party  —  Sorority sisters at the University of Virginia were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity events this weekend — a mandate that many of the women said was irrational …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican leaders look for escape plan on immigration  —  Republican leaders in the House and Senate are boxed in on immigration and searching for a way out.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are struggling to find a way to fund the Department …
Homeland Security funding on the brink
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Weekly Standard
Maayan Lubell / Reuters:
Anti-tank missile fired at Israeli military vehicle on Lebanon frontier: army  —  (Reuters) - An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanon border on Wednesday, wounding four soldiers, a military source said.  —  The incident came several hours after Israel launched …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Petulant Entitlement Syndrome of Journalists  —  As intended, Jonathan Chait's denunciation of the “PC language police” - a trite note of self-victimization he's been sounding for decades - provoked intense reaction: much criticism from liberals and praise from conservatives (with plenty of exceptions both ways).
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
For Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare Are Mirror Images  —  Yesterday, Indiana governor and possible presidential candidate Mike Pence—a conservative's conservative by any measure—announced that he had come to an agreement with the federal government to accept the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid.
Marcy Wheeler / Salon:
This is how a police state protects “secrets”: Jeffrey Sterling, the CIA and up to 80 years on circumstantial evidence  —  Sterling's conviction should chill anyone who believes in investigative reporting in a free society  —  The participants in the economy of shared tips and intelligence …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and emptywheel
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Radio Host Should Have Personally Arrested Michelle Obama's Guest To The SOTU  —  This July 28, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) had a lighthearted moment during …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Young Utah Family Poisoned Themselves; Feared ‘Pending Apocalypse’: Police … The mysterious deaths of five Utah family members in their Springville home baffled authorities at first.  —  Benjamin and Kristi Strack were found dead on their bed on September 27.
Discussion: FreakOutNation and FOX News Radio
Judge: Marissa Alexander released to house arrest  —  Marissa Alexander must wear GPS ankle monitor for next 2 years  —  Author: Vic Micolucci, General assignment reporter, … Marissa Alexander, a woman whose case helped bring national attention to Florida's stand your ground …
Testimony: ‘Ramifications upon my church,’ questions on bathroom use, ‘parading their genitalia’  —  The first four people to testify this morning at the HB 2 hearing all spoke against the bill, including Pastor Jeff Estes of Fellowship Baptist Church in Meridian, who said …
Discussion: KTFT, Raw Story and Addicting Info
Michael Kimmelman / New York Times:
A Chance to Salvage a Master's Creation  —  Unless county legislators act quickly, a paragon of midcentury American idealism will be lost.  —  Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, N.Y., announces itself as a civic hub.  It's made of corrugated concrete and glass …
Discussion: Althouse
Jason Wheeler / WFAA-TV:
Students forced to expose underwear for inspection  —  elementary students in Gustine Texas were forced to lower their pants for inspection after feces were found on the school gym floor  —  GUSTINE, Texas — Here in Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone.
Discussion: Associated Press and KFOR-TV
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Discussion: Gigaom, The Hill and New York Times
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Discussion: New York Magazine and OnPolitics
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
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Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg Business