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1:00 PM ET, January 24, 2013

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Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal speaking truth to GOP power  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver a forceful denunciation of his party's Washington-centric focus in a speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday evening, arguing that the GOP is fighting the wrong fight as it seeks to rebuild from losses at the ballot box last November.
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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Pitches a Benghazi Shutout  —  ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’  —  In five hours of Congressional testimony Wednesday, Hillary Clinton took “responsibility” for the mishandling of the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi without ever saying she was responsible for much of anything.
Discussion: Right Turn
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Pushes Gun-Running Conspiracy Theory During Benghazi Hearing  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used today's hearing on the Benghazi attack to confront Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about a conspiracy theory involving moving guns from Libya to Syrian rebels.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Ron Johnson: Hillary Clinton Planned To Get Emotional To Evade Questions
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Hillary Clinton 69, Rand Paul 10
Discussion: Politico
Rush Limbaugh:
The Cleansing of Mrs. Clinton's Record
Discussion: Vox Popoli, CNN and Politico
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Filibuster Reform 2013, Harry Reid Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster Reform, Jeff Merkley Filibuster Reform …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bipartisan Filibuster Deal Is Taking Shape in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are nearing an agreement on new limits to the filibuster, an effort to speed action in the often-clogged chamber by prohibiting senators from using a common tactic to slow the legislative process.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid, McConnell Close To Filibuster Reform Deal
Discussion: National Review and ACS Blog
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue  —  National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Virginia Republican State Senator Declines To Back GOP Electoral College Rigging Scheme … In a subcommittee vote Wednesday, Virginia State Sen. and former Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) abstained on a key vote on a bill to rig the state's electoral college vote.
Discussion: American Prospect
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David Weigel / Slate:
Virginia State Senate Moves Ahead on Electoral College-Rigging Bill
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bill to change allocation of Virginia's electoral votes advances
Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Feinstein revives assault-weapons ban  —  Bill faces tough going in the Republican-controlled House. … WASHINGTON — California Democrat Dianne Feinstein will begin her fourth full term as a U.S. senator much as she started her Senate career: fighting for a ban on assault weapons.
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Emily Miller / Washington Times:
National ‘assault weapon’ ban coming Thursday
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Boehner, Ryan gamble on pledge to balance the budget in 10 years  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) pledge to back a Republican budget that balances within 10 years raises the political stakes for his party and sets up another major test of his leadership.  —  Democrats eyeing a takeover …
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John Tomasic / The Colorado Independent:
In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people  —  Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year's Day 2006.  She was vomiting and short of breath …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold Fundraiser For Chris Christie  —  The tech mogul and his wife “admire [Christie's] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's schoolchildren,” a spokesperson tells BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Politico and Mashable!
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Matthew Arco / Politicker NJ:
Obama speech too polarizing, Christie says
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As ‘Tampering With Evidence’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Abortion Tampering With Evidence, Cathrynn Brown Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Evidence, New Mexico Abortion Law, New Mexico Rape Abortion, Politics News
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Senators Face Gun Owners Roused by Talk of New Laws  —  BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?”
Jerusalem Post:
Final election count: Right bloc 61, Center-Left 59 seats  —  After the last vote is counted, officials say Ahmad Tibi's party Raam-Taal drops from five seats to four, while Naftali Bennett's party gains one, Kadima party makes it over the threshold with two mandates.
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Reuters:
North Korea to target U.S. with nuclear, rocket tests  —  (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its “sworn enemy”.
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BBC:
North Korea ‘plans third nuclear test’
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
John Althouse Cohen / Jaltcoh:
The “acting alone” fallacy  —  President Obama said this in his 2nd inaugural address: … I object to this move, which seems to have become popular with Democrats in the past couple years, of equating “doing things together” with government.  To suggest that anyone who'd like to see less …
David Brown / Washington Post:
Learning to love grains, potatoes was key to the evolution of dogs  —  You know that dog biscuit shaped like a bone but made mostly of wheat?  Your dog's willingness to eat that treat, instead of going for a bone in your thigh, helps explain how its ancestors evolved from wolves into house pets.
John Eligon / New York Times:
Gov. Sam Brownback Seeks to End Kansas' Income Tax  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — President Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Monday afternoon and laid out an expansive liberal agenda for the nation.  Inside the Kansas State Capitol here this week, Gov. Sam Brownback …
Discussion: The Caucus and PointOfLaw Forum
 
 
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Matthew Day / Telegraph:
Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Apple's Profits Are Flat, and Stock Drops
Discussion: The Week, AllThingsD and Quartz
David von Drehle / TIME:
No Nashville Blues for Al Gore
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Second-Term Wish List
Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Mary Jo White to Lead SEC
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Economist Says Cats Should Be Eliminated From New Zealand
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 run
Discussion: The Week and The Plum Line
Ross Douthat:
The Liberal Hour  —  I naturally preferred my own version …
fco.gov.uk:
Middle East and North Africa
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Twitchy
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats propose opening gun makers to civil liability
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
UN to examine UK and US drone strikes
Discussion: Wired, BBC, Weasel Zippers and DAWN.COM
New York Times:
Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women