Morning Must Reads: January 8

In the News: War on Poverty, Morsi trial delayed, White House pushes back on Gates, Syria moving chemical weapons, and progress on the Farm Bill

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary, Offers Harsh Critique of Obama’s Leadership in ‘Duty’ [Washington Post]
  • White House Pushes Back on Gates [National Journal]
  • “Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.” [Al Jazeera]
  • Gabrielle Gifford’s: The Lesson of Physical Therapy [NYT]
  • The Real Reason Hillary Rented Her Email List: To Get it Back [TIME]
  • Kentucky Town that Gave War on Poverty a Face Still Struggles [NPR]
  • “President Lyndon B. Johnson declared America’s “unconditional” War on Poverty fifty years ago Wednesday, setting up far-reaching government initiatives like Medicaid, a greatly expanded food stamp program, and federally funded education programs. A half century later, Democrats and Republicans agree that more work needs to be done, but the War on Poverty has become a war of words.” [TIME]
  • Farm Bill Nearing Home Stretch [Roll Call]
  • Morsi Trial Delayed in Egypt  [NYT]
  • Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It [Bloomberg]