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2:00 PM ET, January 28, 2015


 Top Items: 
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: Daily Kos and The Hill
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
The ‘War on Women’ Isn't Over Yet
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama scraps plan to tax college accounts
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia  —  Barack Obama was in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay his respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah.  His visit, for which he cut short a much-hyped trip to India, underscores how important the U.S.-Saudi relationship remains to the American leadership.
Saudis on Twitter criticise Michelle Obama for visiting Saudi with her hair uncovered
Discussion: Addicting Info
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
What to call a president's husband?  Bill Clinton has ideas  —  Bill Clinton has an interesting suggestion for what to call him if his wife becomes president: “Adam.”  —  In an interview with Rachael Ray airing Thursday, the cook-turned-talk show host asked the former president …
Discussion: OnPolitics and New York Magazine
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama Is Setting Up Hillary Clinton to Fail
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Hillary Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi, panel's ranking Dem says
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 …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / PBS NewsHour:   Republicans to vote on repealing Obamacare ... again
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 …
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 …
New York Post:
Sheldon Silver to resign as Assembly speaker  —  Scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver Tuesday night agreed to resign as the powerful Assembly speaker.  —  Silver's decision to quit — amid calls from fellow Democrats to do so — came less than a week after being busted by the feds for allegedly using …
Discussion: Gothamist and Fox News
Sheldon Silver Built Power by Speaking Softly While Punishing Foes
Discussion: JP Updates
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: Addicting Info, KTFT and Raw Story
GOP lawmakers confront Jim DeMint over ratings  —  Conservatives accuse his group of being too harsh on them.  —  Long-simmering tensions between the Heritage Foundation, its sister political arm and House Republicans erupted Tuesday during a weekly meeting of conservatives …
Discussion: Washington Post
The importance of being Ernst  —  The just-elected Iowa senator aims to be a player in 2016.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst hasn't been in office a month, but she's already delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union.  And now the Iowa Republican is looking to parlay …
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
Obama drops proposal to cut tax benefits of 529 college savings plans  —  President Obama on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by millions of American families after the White House faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Week
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 …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Chosen  —  The Paul Feig-directed reboot is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.  —  Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy  —  The all-new, all-female Ghostsbusters are here.  —  Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads  —  Canada's leading surveillance agency is monitoring millions of Internet users' file downloads in a dragnet search to identify extremists, according to top-secret documents.  —  The covert operation, revealed Wednesday by CBC News …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Truth Revolt and ThinkProgress
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Radio Host Should Have Personally Arrested Michelle Obama's Guest To The SOTU
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Roth / New York Times:
North Korean Leader to Visit Russia in May
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
ACLU moves to block return of ‘torture report’ to Hill
Discussion: classifiedsection …
James Glanz / New York Times:
N.F.L. Investigator Seeks to Consult Columbia Physicist Over Patriots' Deflated Footballs
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch defends Obama's immigration action
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
Internal Emails Show Al Jazeera English Banning Use of Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’
Discussion: Mediaite, Truth Revolt and TPNN
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans think Pats cheated, rooting for Seahawks
Discussion: Mediaite, NBC News and Fusion
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Earnings: The Staggering Numbers - The Numbers
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Will Jeb Bush deport four million illegal immigrants?
Austin American-Statesman:
Rick Perry loses second request to dismiss case against him
The Onion:
NYC Mayor: ‘Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest’