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Programming notes

Wednesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: We’ll have the latest on the winter weather causing havoc for much of the East Coast with live reports from Meteorologist Bill Karins and NBC’s Ron Allen in Philadelphia. We’ll also take a look at th …

Obama agenda: A focus on sexual assault

“President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention,” the AP writes. “Obama pla …

A bridge too far?

Failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is calling on Chris Christie to step down as RGA chairman because of the bridge scandal. "He does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman,'' he told CNN. "From the perspective of setting aside this as …

Congress: Welcome back, Carter

John McCain is angry again at President Obama, my friends. “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president in my view,” McCain said of Obama’s inaction on Syria.

Off to the races: The "Virginia Way"

The party of off-shore tax havens? “The Republican Party is expected to approve a resolution this week, calling for repeal of an Obama administration law that is designed to crack down on offshore tax dodging,” Reuters writes. “In what would be the party's first …

Former bank bailout chief will run for governor in CA

Former bank bailout manager Neel Kashkari will run for governor in California."Today, the gift of a good education and the doors of opportunity it opens are out of reach for millions of struggling Californians," he said in a statement on his website. "That’s why I’m r …

Vitter will run for Louisiana gov

Republican Sen. David Vitter will run for governor of Louisiana in 2015. In a video announcing his widely-expected decision to enter the race to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited, Vitter says he’ll keep “listening directly to Louisiana families” as …

First Thoughts: Christie's two-front war

As he gets inaugurated for a second term, Chris Christie finds himself now fighting a two-front war… The difference between this two-front war and the three-front one Obama faced last summer… The biggest GOP beneficiary of Christie’s woes: Jeb Bush… Chr …

Programming notes

Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepares for his Inauguration today, we'll have the latest on the allegations against the Governor's Administration with MSNBC's Craig Melvin. Plus, Chuck will also discuss the topic wi …

Obama agenda: On Al Qaeda, pot, and football

David Remnick, who wrote a biography of President Obama, interviews him for the latest New Yorker. Obama’s comments on marijuana and race have already gotten attention. But he also talked about al Qaeda and whether it’s been decimated, his view on the stalemate in Was …

A bridge too far?

“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican Party star enmeshed in scandal after re-election in November, will return to the themes of small government and bipartisan cooperation when he is sworn in for a second term on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Excerpts …

Congress: Gohmert goes without health insurance

Rep. Louie Gohmert “gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive,” the Dallas Morning News reports. He’s refusing to take a government subsidy that …

Off to the races: Wendy Davis' 'blurred' bio

Beth Reinhard looks at Ready for Hillary: “With 2013 sales of more than $350,000, the online store is one sign of the group's yearlong maturation from a shoestring gig run by a couple of junior-varsity Clinton staffers to a $4 million operation with the imprimatur of the Ob …

Public doesn't expect NSA reforms to boost privacy

Americans don’t expect President Barack Obama’s proposed NSA reforms to substantially hinder counterterrorism efforts, nor do they think the reforms will increase protections of individual privacy. According to a new Pew Research Center poll conducted in part after t …

'Mitt' gets real: Documentary shows another side of Romney

“Mitt,” the documentary by Utah filmmaker Greg Whiteley about 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is worth watching for the simple fact that viewers get access to a Romney most have never seen. The movie, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival Frid …

The Week Ahead: Damage control

NBC's Domenico Montanaro looks at the week ahead in politics, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie facing his first big post-scandal test with Republican donors. Plus, Congress leaves a lot on the table, and Andy says take this Kaepernick!

First Read Minute: Dems could pick up Va. state Senate

NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro look at the rising competitive races in Virginia's 2014 federal and state races. Like in 2013, it's becoming one of the country's most fascinating state.

Living on the minimum: Wage hike divides Republicans

As Democrats prepare to push legislation increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, Republican strategists are split on the merits of the hike. Some Republicans, like Republican National Committee member Henry Barbour, believe that opposing it hurts the part …

He said what? Boehner's hard line with immigration hard-liner

Congressman Joaquin Castro detailed his first year in Congress in a Texas Monthly piece. And in it, is this provocative detail:

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