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4:30 PM ET, January 23, 2013

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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
THE BREITBART/O'KEEFE-IZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS, PART MCMLXXVII  —  I haven't been able to watch the Benghazi hearings, but I've checked my Twitter feed, and the lefties who've been watching are 100% convinced that Hillary Clinton has been wiping the floor with the Republicans who are trying to take her down.
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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.
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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Ron Johnson: Hillary Clinton evaded with ‘theatrics’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday knocked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for dodging his questions with “theatrics” during their tense exchange at today's Benghazi hearing.  —  “I wasn't trying to get under her skin …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite, Althouse and CNN
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Wrangles With Senators Over Benghazi Attacks
Discussion: Stinque
Washington Wire:
Excerpts: Heated Exchanges at Benghazi Hearing
Discussion: The Other McCain
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton: I Did Not Select Susan Rice To Deliver Message On Benghazi Attack
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Choking up, Hillary Clinton says Benghazi is ‘personal’
Discussion: msnbc.com and Atlas Shrugs
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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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Votes to Extend Debt Limit to May, Averting Fight  —  WASHINGTON — Avoiding an economic showdown with President Obama, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to suspend the nation's statutory borrowing limit for three months, without including the dollar-for-dollar spending cuts …
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
GOP Jiu-Jitsu  —  I don't quite see why the Republicans' move …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Lolita C. Baldor / bigstory.ap.org:
AP SOURCES: PANETTA OPENS COMBAT ROLES TO WOMEN  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » AP sources: Panetta opens combat roles to women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat …
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CNN:
BREAKING NEWS: Military to open combat jobs to women  —  By Chris Lawrence, with reporting from Barbara Starr  —  The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, CNN has learned.
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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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!
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.
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner: Obama's goal is to ‘annihilate’ the Republican Party  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he believes the primary goal of President Obama's second term is to “annihilate the Republican Party.”  —  “Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term …
Discussion: CNN
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
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Everything You Think You Know About Health Care Spending Is Wrong  —  This is the chart that I think ought to dominate the conversation about public-sector health care spending in the United States, and yet it is curiously ignored.  The data show government health care spending per capita in the United States and Canada.
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.) …
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 …
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 …
Kori Schake / Hoover Institution:
Flawed Diamond  —  A vanity project masquerading as anthropology.  —  Over the decades, academic scholarship, with its jargon and narrowness, has grown both impenetrable and unenlightening to general readers.  Few academics even attempt to look at the big picture or to render their prose intelligible to the public at large.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Reuters:
Majority of senators back Keystone XL pipeline  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of more than half the 100-member Senate has urged President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would connect Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas.
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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Alex Pareene / Salon:
The brilliantly stupid new plan to raise the debt ceiling without raising it
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Lindsay Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
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LZ Granderson / CNN:
Bob Schieffer must be straight
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rand Paul to Hillary: Let's face it, you should have been fired over Benghazi
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Inslee encouraged by marijuana talk with Attorney General Holder
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bitter Clingers Again
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