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Washington Wire:
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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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: TheBlaze.com and The PJ Tatler
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
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
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 …
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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:   GOP Jiu-Jitsu  —  I don't quite see why the Republicans' move …
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.
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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.
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
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.) …
Discussion: Slate, Daily Kos, LifeNews.com and Wonkblog
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Jake Sherman / Politico:   The GOP's 48-hour debt ceiling makeover
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Constitutionally Questionable GOP Debt Ceiling Bill Could Be Bad News
Discussion: Wonkblog and Washington Monthly
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America's fiscal policy is not in crisis  —  The urgent challenge is to promote economic recovery  —  The US confronts huge challenges, at home and abroad.  Its fiscal position is not one of them.  This is a highly controversial statement.  If one judged by the debate in Washington …
The Official Google Blog:
Fireside Hangouts: Join Vice President Biden in a discussion about gun violence  —  As President Obama and his cabinet begin their second term in the White House, they're renewing a series of conversations on Google+ with top administration officials.  These “Fireside Hangouts,” …
Discussion: The Verge and Washington Examiner
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
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
 
 
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