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1:15 PM ET, January 22, 2013

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Exclusive: Beyoncé lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration  —  Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama's inauguration.  —  Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer's spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times …
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Melissa Cronin / New York Post:
Confirmed: Beyonce DID lip-synch at the inauguration  —  Beyonce Knowle's flawless performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the inauguration was entirely lip-synched, Page Six has confirmed.  A rep for the United States Marine Band revealed that she decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.
Chris Campbell / Washingtonian After Hours Blog:
Confirmed: Beyoncé Lip-Synced the Star-Spangled Banner  —  The performer posted pictures of herself rehearsing in a recording studio.  —  By Sophie Gilbert  —  The Marine Corps Band during Monday's inaugural ceremony.  —  Beyoncé sang the national anthem …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to lay out plans for filibuster reform  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will present colleagues with options for reforming the Senate's filibuster rules in a Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday.  —  Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell meet on filibuster
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
New York Times:
A Chance to Fix the Senate
Discussion: The Reaction and Blue Mass Group
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Majority, for first time, want abortion to be legal  —  As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans - for the first time - believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Chelyen Davis / Free Lance-Star:
McDonnell displeased with GOP redistricting push  —  Gov. Bob McDonnell said yesterday's surprise redistricting effort from the members of his party in the state Senate was something he only learned about right before it happened.  —  Senate Republicans used the absence of one Democrat …
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Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
BREAKING: While Dems Distracted by Inauguration, Virginia Senate GOP Stages a Coup
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama speech reveals a different leader  —  President Obama has never lacked for confidence, but rarely has that attribute been on display as clearly as on Monday in an inaugural address that underscored the distance he has traveled after four contentious years in office.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Collective Turn  —  The best Inaugural Addresses make an argument for something.  President Obama's second one, which surely has to rank among the best of the past half-century, makes an argument for a pragmatic and patriotic progressivism.  —  His critics have sometimes accused …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Republicans plan to keep debt limit but suspend it until May  —  Forget about raising the federal debt limit.  House Republicans are proposing to ignore it altogether — at least until May 18.  —  The House plans to vote Wednesday on a measure that would leave the $16.4 trillion debt limit intact …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rand Paul: House leaders ‘retreated’ on debt ceiling
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Peter Allen In Paris / Daily Mail:
Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London with wife Carla and setting up £1bn private equity fund'  —  Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a billion pounds plus investment fund, it was claimed today.  —  If the move goes ahead …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
TRENDING: CNN Poll: Do Americans agree with Obama on climate change and immigration?  —  Washington (CNN) - Saying “we will respond to the threat of climate change,” President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address to put the divisive issue back on the front burner.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Obama dodges ‘hard choices’ on entitlements  —  President Barack Obama insisted four years ago that the nation must make “hard decisions” to preserve entitlement programs.  —  But on Monday, the “hard choices” he spoke of on health care and the deficit came with a major caveat: He's not willing to give up much.
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Catherine Candisky / The Columbus Dispatch:
State school-board president defends Hitler post on Facebook  —  Not comparing him to Obama, she says  —  State Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she was not comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler when she posted a photograph of the Nazi leader on her Facebook page …
M.B. Pell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
ISUE4U: State sued over banned vanity plates  —  Issuing vanity license plates now may officially be more trouble than it's worth.  —  Hours after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story last week about the state's arbitrary approval process of vanity license plates for motor vehicles …
Discussion: The Raw Story and ABCNEWS
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Republican Official Hangs Upside Down American Flag In Protest Of Obama's Inauguration … The head of the Mon Valley Republican Committee in Pennsylvania is facing backlash from his local community after displaying an American flag upside down — a statement usually meant as a distress signal …
Discussion: WPXI-TV, The Raw Story and Mediaite
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Taliban responds to Prince Harry: 'It's not a game—it's very, very real'  —  Taliban leaders have fired back at Prince Harry over the royal's comments that piloting a helicopter in Afghanistan—where he says he killed insurgents during his recent tour of duty—is like playing a video game.
Discussion: Telegraph, Infowars and The Agonist
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Let elderly people ‘hurry up and die’, says Japanese minister  —  Taro Aso says he would refuse end-of-life care and would ‘feel bad’ knowing treatment was paid for by government  —  Japan's new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens …
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Humans are plague on Earth - Attenborough  —  Humans are a plague on the Earth that need to be controlled by limiting population growth, according to Sir David Attenborough.  —  Sir Attenborough said commentary from presenters like himself are becoming less necessary as camera work is able to tell a story
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
Study: “Debt Problem Began Four Decades Ago” … A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reminds Americans that, contrary to the narrative that huge deficits and debt are merely a recent product of the Great Recession, the problem began over forty years ago.
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
Following the elections in Israel, a reset  —  TO LOSE favor in Washington was once political poison for Israeli prime ministers.  Twice during the 1990s, Israelis voted out leaders who quarreled with the U.S. president; the second one was Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
 
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Christine Bohan / TheJournal.ie:
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Employers' Social Media Policies Come Under Regulatory Scrutiny
Roger Kimball / National Review:
Inaugurating President Chamberlain
Discussion: Think Tanked and alicublog
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
The Presidential Gum Chew
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Loyal Opposition  —  Congratulations Mr. President on your second inaugural.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Other McCain
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Regulations on individual mandate expected soon
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden to meet with DNC
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
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Discussion: Associated Press and theGrio
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Politico and Business Insider