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4:45 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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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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:
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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
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Let elderly people ‘hurry up and die’, says Japanese minister
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Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Taliban responds to Prince Harry: 'It's not a game—it's very, very real'
Discussion: Telegraph, Infowars and The Agonist
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Diplomacy Is Dead  —  DIPLOMACY is dead.  —  Effective diplomacy …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Mondoweiss
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
Study: “Debt Problem Began Four Decades Ago”
Discussion: Hot Air
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