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5:00 PM ET, January 22, 2013

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The Times:
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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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 …
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.
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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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Filibuster Reform Is Top Item On 2013 Senate Agenda, Pledges Harry Reid (UPDATE)  —  FOLLOW:  —  UPDATE: 3:11 p.m. — The Senate will reform the filibuster within the next day and a half — whether Republicans go along or not, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday afternoon.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell meet on filibuster
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
New York Times:
A Chance to Fix the Senate
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.
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: Philly.com, Politico and The Hill
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Talia Buford / Politico:
Nebraska governor Dave Heineman OKs Keystone XL route through state
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Philly.com:
Lautenberg: Booker ‘entitled’ to run, but no decision yet  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who might face a 2014 primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, said his fellow Democrat is “entitled” to run if he chooses to but suggested that he had to give a “spanking” to his potential rival for so openly coveting his seat.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Ryan: Obama ‘Shadowboxing a Straw Man’  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan knocked President Barack Obama for “shadowbox[ing] a straw man” in his inaugural address.  Speaking Tuesday morning on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show to guest host Raymond Arroyo, Ryan responded to Obama's statement that Medicare …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Obama punted on debt crisis in inaugural speech
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama speech reveals a different leader
KTRK-TV:
Two shot at Lone Star College in north Houston  —  HOUSTON (KTRK) — A campus spokesperson has confirmed shots have been fired on the campus of Lone Star College in north Houston.  Two victims have suffered gunshot wounds, according to the Harris County Emergency Corp.
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 …
New York Times:
Exit Polls in Israel Suggest Netanyahu's Showing Is Weaker Than Expected  —  TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed far worse than expected in Israel's national elections on Tuesday, according to exit polls, and while he remained likely to serve a third term …
Discussion: The Week
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Alistair Lyon / Reuters:
Netanyahu tops Israel vote despite losses: exit polls
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: Daily Kos, The Right Scoop and Reuters
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO — James Taylor on gun control: ‘We need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms’  —  WASHINGTON — Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans “need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms” in order to keep children safe.
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Morning: Meet the man who ended the gun debate
Discussion: “The Lid” and Hot Air
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 …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The American Case Against a Black Middle Class  —  I went on a Twitter rant yesterday because I'd finished Isabel Wilkerson's phenomenal The Warmth Of Other Suns.  The book is a narrative history of the Great Migration through the eyes of actual migrants.  Several points stick out for me.
Discussion: National Review
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
U.S. gift of F-16 fighters headed to Egypt, despite Morsi's harsh rhetoric  —  The planes were part of a 2010 foreign aid package, that critics say should have been canceled.  (Courtesy: Carl Richards)  —  The planes, made by Lockheed-Martin, are already marked with the Egyptian flag.
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Veteran stands up for 2nd Amendment at Chicago anti-gun forum  —  After enduring hours of derision and mockery by the panelists at a Chicago-area guns “forum” Sunday, one man in the audience stood up and addressed the crowd, identified himself as a veteran, and proceeded to give a straightforward …
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
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jason Wu: ‘Still pinching myself’  —  Designer Jason Wu said Tuesday he was still in awe the morning after First Lady Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses at the second Inauguration.  —  “As a designer and as somebody who moved to America to become a designer, I think it's something quite incredible …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
 
 
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CNN:
U.S. Trade Representative Kirk stepping down
Discussion: Politico
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
America's deficits: The problem is more than fiscal
Beth Fouhy / Reuters:
‘The Dream is Now’—Steve Jobs' widow launches new Dream Act push
Discussion: Politico and Mashable!
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Republican Official Hangs Upside Down American Flag In Protest Of Obama's Inauguration
Discussion: WPXI-TV, The Raw Story and Mediaite
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
In Little Noah's Honor, Sensible Gun Legislation
Christine Bohan / TheJournal.ie:
Kerry councillors back plan to allow drink-driving ‘in moderation’
Discussion: BBC, Gawker and The Raw Story
Roger Kimball / National Review:
Inaugurating President Chamberlain
Discussion: Spectator, Think Tanked and alicublog
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
The Presidential Gum Chew
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Discussion: Telegraph, Infowars and The Agonist
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
Study: “Debt Problem Began Four Decades Ago”
Discussion: Hot Air
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