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Text of Hillary Clinton's Senate Testimony on Benghazi  —  Here is the prepared text of Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi.  —  SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS  —  WASHINGTON, DC  —  Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, Members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity.
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Clinton More Popular than Biden; Let the 2016 Handicapping Begin  —  Of two potential Democratic successors to Barack Obama, one has a clear advantage in personal popularity: Hillary Clinton, whose favorability rating exceeds Joe Biden's by a hefty 19 percentage points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Politico:
Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 run  —  Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph — but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: I Did Not Select Susan Rice To Deliver Message On Benghazi Attack  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that she did not select UN Ambassador Susan Rice to go on the Sunday morning shows to discuss the attack in Benghazi.
Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Erupts At GOP Senator Over Benghazi Attack  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday fired back at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) over accusations that the Obama Administration misled the public by claiming the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous protest.
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Why Benghazi Hasn't Brought Down Hillary Clinton-and Won't  —  The secretary of State testifies this week, but because of years of taking hits and careful damage control she'll leave unscathed.  —  When Hillary Rodham Clinton marches up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the Benghazi attack …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP critics get opportunity to grill Secretary Clinton on Benghazi  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify Wednesday that her agency is moving full speed ahead with recommendations to avoid a repeat of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Choking up, Hillary Clinton says Benghazi is ‘personal’
Discussion: msnbc.com
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton pays off 2008 campaign debt
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves behind enormous 20-year legacy with exit from office …
Discussion: NBC Politics and First Read
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Speech Leaves G.O.P. Stark Choices  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's aggressive Inaugural Address on Monday presented Congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president's agenda on immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, angrily accused President Obama on Tuesday of demonizing law-abiding gun owners and of wanting to put “every private personal firearms transaction right under …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
NRA's LaPierre: Absolutism is virtue, not vice  —  National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre blasted President Obama for his Inaugural warning against “absolutism” and reiterated his promise to give no ground on gun control.  —  LaPierre's rebuttal, billed by the NRA as a “major response” …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and First Read
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The GOP's 48-hour debt ceiling makeover  —  And their approach might work on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue: The White House on Tuesday released a statement saying it wouldn't block the House approach.  Senate Democratic leaders were seriously weighing whether to simply adopt …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Constitutionally Questionable GOP Debt Ceiling Bill Could Be Bad News
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 23, 2013 - New Jersey Voters Back Christie's Rap On GOP 5-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Tell Lautenberg To Step Aside  —  Gov. Christopher Christie was right to criticize Congressional Republicans for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Yair Lapid Guides Yesh Atid Party to Success in Israeli Elections  —  RAMAT GAN, Israel — With his good looks and suave manner, Yair Lapid had long been a celebrity and symbol of success here, building a strong following as a prominent journalist and the host of a popular television show.
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Barry Rubin / rubinreports.blogspot.co.il:
Israel's Election: A Preliminary Analysis
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Sting operations reveal Mafia involvement in renewable energy  —  Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images - Wind turbines are pictured in the village of Patirnico.  The seizure of a record 1.5 billion euros from a Sicilian businessman known as “Lord of the Wind” on the same day has put …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Union Members Summary  —  For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday.  —  Technical information: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov  —  UNION MEMBERS — 2012  —  In 2012, the union membership rate …
Ruth Styles / Daily Mail:
These adult movie posters shocked in the 50s and 60s... But in the light of today's disturbing trend for sexting, over-exposure and limitless online porn they seem tame  — Comes as Government advise parents to keep a closer eye on their children's internet and phone use
Washington Free Beacon:
Paul to Clinton: ‘I would have relieved you of your duty’  —  RAND PAUL: One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 was no one was fired.  We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors, these are judgment errors, and the people who make judgment errors need …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Luke Rosiak / Washington Times:
Who are the best and worst bosses on Capitol Hill?  —  Congressional staffer turnover rates help tell the story  —  Hiding knives from a member of Congress for fear of your own life.  Having cellphones thrown at you.  Being cursed at in front of your parents.  Being told, “I'm a queen, and I demand to be treated like one.”
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leader Blames Gun Violence On ‘Welfare Moms’  —  Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the fifth-ranking House Republican, laid the blame for gun violence at the feet of an unusual suspect: the children of “welfare moms” who commit fraud.  —  In a meeting with constituents earlier …
Discussion: The Raw Story, Wonkette and Shakesville
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Contemplating Obama's Place in History, Statistically  —  With President Obama's second term under way, we have begun to see more reflections on how he might come to be regarded historically.  —  As common sense might dictate — and as the statistics will also reveal — it is far too soon to conclude very much about this.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bitter Clingers Again  —  The bigotry behind the push for gun control.  —  Presidential frenemy Bill Clinton was at it again over the weekend, Politico reports: … Oh, these people, these poor misguided hicks!  All they've got is their hunting and their fishing!
Discussion: American Spectator
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Aretha Franklin ‘Really Laughed’ About Beyonce Lip-Sync Controversy  —  Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013.  ; Singer Aretha Franklin performs during the inauguration ceremony for President Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.
Discussion: Politico, The Week, Guardian, Gawker and theGrio
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Police charge tree-climbing inauguration protester  —  BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS - Anti-abortion protester Rives Miller Grogan takes a position in a tree prior to inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013.  Grogan has been convicted five times in the District since 2009 …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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