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3:45 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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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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell meet on filibuster
Discussion: The BLT and The Maddow Blog
New York Times:
A Chance to Fix the Senate
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
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Inaugural Intentions
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.
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.
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: Daily Kos, The Right Scoop and Reuters
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: Politico and The Hill
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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 …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Morning: Meet the man who ended the gun debate  —  Like to laugh?  Like to be informed?  Then sign up for TheDC Morning email here.  —  1.)  Meet the man who ended the gun debate — Finally, James Taylor has spoken on gun control.  TheDC's Nicholas Ballasy reports:
Discussion: “The Lid” and Hot Air
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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 …
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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New York Times:
Exit Polls Show Netanyahu Lost Ground to Centrist Party
Discussion: The Week
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Beth Fouhy / Reuters:
‘The Dream is Now’—Steve Jobs' widow launches new Dream Act push  —  The teenage girl peers into the camera, ready to divulge a secret.  —  “All my siblings are documented except me,” says the girl, identified onscreen as Cendy.  “I know I have a lot of potential but that I might not get there because my status will hold me back.”
Discussion: Politico and Mashable!
 
 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The American Case Against a Black Middle Class
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America's deficits: The problem is more than fiscal
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In Little Noah's Honor, Sensible Gun Legislation
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Kerry councillors back plan to allow drink-driving ‘in moderation’
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama shoves idealism into its grave
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Diplomacy Is Dead  —  DIPLOMACY is dead.  —  Effective diplomacy …
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