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Obama’s Alaska plans spark Republican ire

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s plan to lock up Alaska’s vast energy supply has sparked a furious backlash on Capitol Hill and prompted allegations that the White House has declared “war” on the state, but lawmakers have few options to fight back and even a Republican president in 2017 could struggle to undo the administration’s latest environmental offensive.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Russell Neal, left, gives job information to job seeker Queena Moise, foreground second from right, at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week ending Jan. 17, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Feds’ unemployment benefits made job recession worse: Study

- The Washington Times

If you pay people not to work, they won’t work — and cutting off their payments sends them scurrying back into the job market, according to new research by three academics who looked at the federal government’s extended unemployment benefit program and concluded that it actually deepened, rather than helped, the jobs recession.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the Texas Republican who wrote the border bill, said last summer's surge was part of what he was trying to combat in his new legislation. (Associated Press)

Trouble in ranks kills GOP border bill vote

- The Washington Times

Facing a rebellion in their own ranks, House Republican leaders scrapped their plans to vote this week on their first border security bill of the new Congress, blaming the weather for the delay but buying themselves time to try to stiffen the bill and make it more palatable to conservatives.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a question about the "epic" incoming snowstorm, with help from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and other officials. (associated press)

Brent Bozell: Broadcast networks ignored March for Life - and prefer hipsters to pro-lifers

- The Washington Times

The march for what? Nineteen pro-life organizations and the Media Research Center have joined together to call out the “Big Three” broadcast networks for essentially ignoring the Annual March for Life, which drew thousands of participants, four lawmakers and a host of significant activists to the National Mall last week. CBS was the sole broadcaster that acknowledged the event in a single 15-second segment. NBC and ABC were mum.

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In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is transported by federal agents to federal court in New York.  Even after his arrest on federal corruption charges, Silver remains one of the most powerful politicians in New York.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Calls for ouster of New York Assembly speaker increase

- Associated Press

Control of the state Assembly hung in the balance Monday night as longtime Speaker Sheldon Silver fought to keep his grip on power amid mounting calls for his resignation following federal corruption charges.

Afghan economic crisis looms as foreign aid dollars depart

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13-year war against the Taliban.

Protesters chant slogans against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they march on a street in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil

- Associated Press

A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.