Morning Must Reads: January 22

In the News: Divisions at Peace Talks on Syria, Gov. McDonnell Speaks Out, Abortion, and Troops in Afghanistan

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

  • Sharp Divisions Come to Force as Peace Talks on Syria Begin [NYT]
  • Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell: “I Did Nothing Illegal” [Washington Post]
  • “The Pentagon has proposed to President Obama that 10,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all, senior government officials said Tuesday.” [NYT]
  • Chris Christie is More Nimble Than You Think [Politico]
  • Cuccinelli Says Christie Should Leave RGA [CBS News]
  • 2014: The Year the Pro-Choice Crowd Fights Back [Politico Magazine]
  • American’s Don’t Care as Much About Abortion as the Media Think [Atlantic]
  • “Secretary of State John F. Kerry and a former Texas governor are part of an international coalition trying to halt Texas’ execution of a Mexican citizen this week.” [LA Times]
  • Governor Snyder Expected to Announce Plan to Guard Detroit Pensions, Art [Detroit Free Press]
  • Oklahoma Lawmaker Faces Conservative Skeptics in Senate Bid [TIME]
  • How Lawmakers Skirt Law to Keep Their Next Jobs Secret [National Journal]
  • “On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit ruled in no uncertain terms that gay people cannot be bumped from a jury due exclusively to their sexual orientation.” [Slate]
  • Glenn Beck: “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart” [BuzzFeed]
  • Lawmakers Won’t Toke Legal Joints [The Hill]
  • What’s Missing in “Mitt” [National Journal]
  • ” Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tyler Republican 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.” [Dallas News]