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1. WINTER STORM

Frozen: Who would have thought an inch or so of snow could cause so much trouble? The inch that fell on Atlanta yesterday was a record and was enough to paralyze the region. The cause? Frigid arctic air decided to party with moisture from the Gulf, giving much of the South – from Louisiana to North Carolina – a snowy, icy hangover. Southern road crews don’t have much experience with these sorts of storms and just couldn’t lay down enough sand and salt quickly enough to do much good.

2. STATE OF THE UNION

With or without you: President Obama goes bold in his fifth State of the Union address, calling for a “year of action.” Even bolder, he promised to do it with or without Congress. Easier said than done. Republicans say the president is offering the same policies that haven’t worked. So, what’s on the president’s to-do list? Lots of things, but the focus was his call for the government to work on behalf of all Americans in 2014. That includes a new, higher minimum wage. It’s been a rough year for the White House. Approval ratings are down. The Obamacare website got off to a rough start and there are plenty of questions about the National Security Agency. Can one speech change the dynamics in Washington? We’ll see.

3. CONGRESSMAN ATTACKS REPORTER

No means no: New York Rep. Michael Grimm defended his actions after threatening to throw reporter for CNN affiliate NY1 off a balcony. The congressman, who is being investigated for illegal fundraising, walked away from an interview when the topic changed from the State of the Union to the investigation. When the reporter took Grimm to task for walking away, the former Marine and former FBI agent rushed him, saying “Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony.” Grimm says he’s not the first politician to tell of a reporter and won’t be the last. True, but … there might be a better way to handle it.

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5 Things To Know For Your New Day – Wednesday, January 29, 2014  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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