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11:30 PM ET, January 23, 2013

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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Ron Johnson: Hillary Clinton Planned To Get Emotional To Evade Questions  —  “I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card,” the senator tells BuzzFeed.  —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pounds …
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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
THE BREITBART/O'KEEFE-IZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS, PART MCMLXXVII  —  I haven't been able to watch the Benghazi hearings, but I've checked my Twitter feed, and the lefties who've been watching are 100% convinced that Hillary Clinton has been wiping the floor with the Republicans who are trying to take her down.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Hillary Clinton 69, Rand Paul 10  —  I was not planning on writing any more pundit blogs this week, but I do have a brief comment about Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) outburst at the Benghazi hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  —  Paul suggesting he would have fired Clinton …
Discussion: Politico
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Ron Johnson: Hillary Clinton evaded with ‘theatrics’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday knocked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for dodging his questions with “theatrics” during their tense exchange at today's Benghazi hearing.  —  “I wasn't trying to get under her skin …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton, Ron Johnson Engage In Heated Exchange At Benghazi Hearing (VIDEO)  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got testy on Capitol Hill Wednesday in response to a query from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who called into question her department's accounting of the Sept. 11 …
Washington Wire:
Text of Hillary Clinton's Senate Testimony on Benghazi
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 23, 2013
UPI:
GOP, Clinton wrestle on Libya
Discussion: msnbc.com and Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military's official ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said Wednesday.
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Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon to Allow Women in Combat
Lolita C. Baldor / bigstory.ap.org:
AP SOURCES: PANETTA OPENS COMBAT ROLES TO WOMEN
Discussion: Truthdig, Daily Kos and Jezebel
Politico:
Leon Panetta lifts ban on women in combat
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wonkette
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner: Obama's goal is to ‘annihilate’ the Republican Party  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he believes the primary goal of President Obama's second term is to “annihilate the Republican Party.”  —  “Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Everything You Think You Know About Health Care Spending Is Wrong  —  This is the chart that I think ought to dominate the conversation about public-sector health care spending in the United States, and yet it is curiously ignored.  The data show government health care spending per capita in the United States and Canada.
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Governor: 'There Is No One Who Doesn't Have Health Care In America'  —  In an interview with Kaiser Health News on Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) explained he remains a staunch opponent of Obamacare because health care reform is unnecessary.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House votes to suspend debt limit  —  A measure to suspend the nation's legal limit on borrowing for nearly four months cleared a key vote in the House Wednesday, as Republicans broadly endorsed a new tactic that would temporarily remove the threat of a potentially calamitous government default …
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
The brilliantly stupid new plan to raise the debt ceiling without raising it
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Slate and Wonkblog
David Weigel / Slate:
Virginia State Senate Moves Ahead on Electoral College-Rigging Bill  —  Congressional clerks open certificate envelopes from different states during a joint session of the 113th Congress to count the Electoral College votes January 4, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Virginia Republicans Move Forward with Mass Disenfranchisement
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
So what if abortion ends life?  —  I believe that life starts at conception.  And it's never stopped me from being pro-choice  —  Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word “life.”  Life!
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
UNIONS SUFFER SHARP DECLINE IN MEMBERSHIP … WASHINGTON (AP) — Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
2/23/2013 Will Be A Day of Resistance  —  “The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed.  The agitation it produces must be submitted to.”  — Thomas Jefferson Yes, Barack Obama did beat Mitt Romney in 2012.  But, he was reelected as President- not king.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: Democrats lack votes to pass talking filibuster reform  —  Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a leading liberal, said Wednesday Democrats do not have enough votes to implement the talking-filibuster reform.  —  He said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: GPB producer resigns over hiring of Chip Rogers  —  News that former state Sen. Chip Rogers has been given an executive position at Georgia Public Broadcasting with a hefty starting salary of $150,000 has prompted the resignation of a longtime executive producer at the network.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Morsy implies Jews control the American media  —  Last week in Cairo, seven U.S. senators had a highly contentious meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy during which the Muslim Brotherhood leader implied that he was the victim of an American media run by the Jews.
Wall Street Journal:
TARP Czar to Take Shot in Politics  —  Neel Kashkari, who oversaw the U.S. Treasury's much-maligned Troubled Asset Relief Program during the financial crisis, said he is leaving Pacific Investment Management Co. to consider running for public office in Democrat-heavy California as a Republican.
Discussion: DealBook and Business Insider
 
 
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