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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.
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.
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton pays off 2008 campaign debt
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Choking up, Hillary Clinton says Benghazi is ‘personal’
Discussion: msnbc.com
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Why Benghazi Hasn't Brought Down Hillary Clinton-and Won't
Tom Curry / NBC Politics:
With her political future in question, Clinton heads for Benghazi testimony
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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
NRA's LaPierre: Obama making ‘mockery’ of nation's freedoms
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Barack Obama Is Boring
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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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
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Sting operations reveal Mafia involvement in renewable energy  —  PALERMO, Italy — Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused mafia boss.  A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option.  —  “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Constitutionally Questionable GOP Debt Ceiling Bill Could Be Bad News
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
Joel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Netanyahu emerges weakened from Israeli elections  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged weakened and facing a redrawn political map Tuesday after Israeli television projections showed a surge for a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, in Israel's elections, making it a key element of a future coalition.
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Barry Rubin / rubinreports.blogspot.co.il:
Israel's Election: A Preliminary Analysis
Dan Rather / The Huffington Post:
How Israel's Iron Dome Is Also Saving Palestinian Lives  —  There's been a lot written recently about Iron Dome — Israel's high-tech missile defense system that hit the world stage during Israel's eight-day conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  Its unprecedented success rate …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mondoweiss
Jim Morrill / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC Republicans could offer GOP national blueprint  —  For most Republicans, November was grim.  —  They lost the White House and all but one battleground state.  They lost seats in Congress.  They saw America's fastest-growing minority groups reject their party.  —  But in North Carolina it was a happier story.
New York Times:
Cameron Promises Britons a Referendum on E.U. Membership  —  LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron promised Britons a far-reaching referendum within five years on membership in the European Union — provided he wins the next election — in a long-awaited speech on Wednesday whose implications …
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
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi  —  ALGIERS — Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Break All the Rules  —  First, my congratulations and condolences to John Kerry for being nominated to be our next secretary of state.  There is no one better for the job today and no worse job to have today.  It is no accident that we've started measuring our secretaries of state more by miles traveled than milestones achieved.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and msnbc.com
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Downbeat on State of U.S., Prospects for Future  —  Republicans say best days are behind nation, Democrats see best days ahead  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term at a time when Americans are as negative about the state of the country and its prospects …
 
 
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