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4:30 PM ET, January 29, 2015


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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Administration Official Criticizes Israeli Ambassador Over Netanyahu Visit  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders' invitation to address Congress …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The great GOP overreach  —  While Republicans bask in the glory of their victories in 2014 and continue their hyperpartisan onslaught in the new Congress, some early numbers should keep GOP strategists awake at night.  —  According to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama seizes leverage from Republicans on immigration
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
House GOP releases February agenda
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Christopher Elliott / Elliott:
Comcast thinks my husband is an a**hole - and they put it in writing  —  Warning: This post contains language that may not be appropriate for a family audience.  —  It's no secret that employees sometimes feel their customers are jerks.  But I've never seen one put it in writing — until now.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
The AFA Cannot Wash Its Hands Of Bryan Fischer's Bigotry That Easily  —  Last night it was reported that the American Family Association had finally fired the Religious Right's most notorious bigot, Bryan Fischer.  While that would be welcome news, if true, the AFA has a long history of trying …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
American Family Association Evangelist Bryan Fischer Has Been Fired, Maddow Reports
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Are At A Loss On What To Do If SCOTUS Nixes Obamacare Subsidies  —  Many Republicans would view it as a dream come true if the Supreme Court were to slash a centerpiece of Obamacare by the end of June.  But that dream could fade into a nightmare as the spotlight turns …
Sam Baker / National Journal:
Can The Health Care Industry Save Obamacare?  —  Hospitals and insurance companies are coming to the law's defense before the Supreme Court.  —  Health insurance companies and hospitals mounted an aggressive defense of Obamacare's insurance subsidies Wednesday, warning the Supreme Court …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton may delay campaign  —  Top Democrats give a new date for the campaign's likely start.  —  Hillary Clinton, expecting no major challenge for the Democratic nomination, is strongly considering delaying the formal launch of her presidential campaign until July …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Scott Walker urges professors to work harder  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, defending proposed budget cuts for higher education, took a swipe at university professors who he said could be “teaching more classes and doing more work.”  —  “Maybe it's time for faculty and staff to start thinking …
Capper / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Scott Walker Declares War On Academia
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy's Son Jailed After Allegedly Resisting Arrest  —  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's son Ryan was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly resisted arrest when officers approached him about an outstanding warrant.  —  Salt Lake City TV station KSTU reported that Ryan Bundy …
Discussion: Mediaite and FOX News Radio
Mark Green /
Ryan Bundy arrested after allegedly resisting arrest in Cedar City
Discussion: FreakOutNation
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The New Republic addresses its ‘perceived legacy of racism’  —  The forthcoming issue of The New Republic — its first since a mass staff shakeup in December — features a cover story by Canadian journalist Jeet Heer about the magazine's “perceived legacy of racism.”
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Senator John McCain Calls Out Protesters Who Swarmed Henry Kissinger … Sen. John McCain earned some applause inside a Senate Armed Services hearing this morning after he erupted at protesters of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, calling them “low-life scum.”
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:   McCain Snaps at Anti-Kissinger Protesters: ‘Get Out of Here You Low-Life Scum’
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Business:
The Re-Re-Rebranding of Mitt Romney  —  STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Romney family has a predilection for reinvention.  George Romney, the former governor of Michigan, made his name remaking the gas-guzzling American Motor Co. into a producer of fuel-efficient Ramblers.
The Huffington Post:
Loretta Lynch Says She Doesn't Support Marijuana Legalization Or Obama's Views On Pot  —  Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general, said Wednesday during her confirmation hearing that she does not support the legalization of marijuana, and that she disagrees with President Barack Obama's remarks …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
David Duke Says He Might Run For Congress Against “Sell Out” Steve Scalise  —  “He elected supposedly David Duke without the baggage but he is not David Duke, he's certainly—he's basically, condemning the people of his district who voted overwhelmingly for me to be their US senator and voted to be their governor.”
New York Times:
Inconvenient Truths in Afghanistan  —  In late December, as they do every few months, American military officials in Kabul sent a trove of data to the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for its quarterly report.  Over the years, such figures have told …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
U.S. Suddenly Goes Quiet on Effort to Bolster Afghan Forces
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
NBC's Mohyeldin Suggests Real American Sniper a ‘Racist’ Who Went on ‘Killing Sprees’  —  Share it Tweet it  —  Ayman Mohyeldin has suggested that Chris Kyle, the real “American Sniper,” was a “racist” whose military missions were nothing less than “killing sprees.”
Randleman road rage woman charged … ASHEBORO, N.C. — A Randolph County woman was arrested on Monday following a road rage incident that happened on Saturday.  —  WATCH: Road rage in Randleman caught on video  —  Kristin Leigh Phillips, 40, of Randleman, is charged with reckless driving to endanger …
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Kill Students  —  People who are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement may have to deal with another fatal can of worms.  If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future.
Discussion: Texas Politics and Raw Story
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What If No One Wins the GOP Presidential Nomination?  —  Normally, I dread commenting on presidential nomination contests.  But as much as I might like to return to the days of short presidential nomination processes (Franklin Roosevelt didn't declare his intention to seek a third term until …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Monthly
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
How Do We Increase Empathy?  —  In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died at the age of 54.  The column was a call for empathy for those who are struggling, but, predictably …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Picks Undercover Veteran ‘Spider’ as Spy Chief
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Obama's Tuition Proposal Got Torched
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New York Times:
Jordan's Talks With ISIS for Hostage Release Said to Fail
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Oklahoma worries over swarm of earthquakes and connection to oil industry
Discussion: Shakesville
The Hill:
WHIP LIST: How senators will vote on Keystone XL pipeline
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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They're back! The new tea party surge
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Lindsey Graham to test 2016 Republican presidential waters
Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
McCain: Palin would ‘do great’ as presidential candidate
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
The Mayor Who Slandered the Police
Discussion: alicublog and Sadly, No!