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1:50 PM ET, January 23, 2013

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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
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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.
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.
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Choking up, Hillary Clinton says Benghazi is ‘personal’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and msnbc.com
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: I Did Not Select Susan Rice To Deliver Message On Benghazi Attack
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton pays off 2008 campaign debt
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Clinton appears before Congress over Benghazi attack
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 …
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.
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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.
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
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice 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, Wonkblog, Daily Kos and LifeNews.com
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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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,” …
Bob Young / The Seattle Times:
Inslee encouraged by marijuana talk with Attorney General Holder  —  Gov. Jay Inslee said his conversation with Attorney General Eric Holder was “very satisfying” and a “confidence-builder” about the state's ability to move forward implementing legal marijuana.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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!
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Government Spending is Down in the Obama Era  —  The chart below has been making the rounds today, so I thought I'd colorize it and annotate it to drive home its point a little more clearly.  Republicans like to say we have a spending problem, not a taxing problem, but the evidence doesn't back that up.
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 …
 
 
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Statehouse Journal: Governor LePage Not Speaking to Democratic Leaders
Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
BEVERAGE INDUSTRY, NYC LAWYERS DUEL OVER DRINKS
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Yair Lapid Guides Yesh Atid Party to Success in Israeli Elections
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Police charge tree-climbing inauguration protester
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Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Grumbling About Obama Lobbying Shop
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bitter Clingers Again
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Jim Morrill / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC Republicans could offer GOP national blueprint
Telegraph:
Two million quit Britain in ‘talent drain’
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Dan Rather / The Huffington Post:
How Israel's Iron Dome Is Also Saving Palestinian Lives
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mondoweiss
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Break All the Rules
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leader Blames Gun Violence On ‘Welfare Moms’
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