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9:25 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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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Ron Johnson: Hillary Clinton Planned To Get Emotional To Evade Questions  —  “I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card,” the senator tells BuzzFeed.  —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pounds …
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 …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Hillary Clinton 69, Rand Paul 10  —  I was not planning on writing any more pundit blogs this week, but I do have a brief comment about Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) outburst at the Benghazi hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  —  Paul suggesting he would have fired Clinton …
Discussion: Politico
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton, Ron Johnson Engage In Heated Exchange At Benghazi Hearing (VIDEO)  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got testy on Capitol Hill Wednesday in response to a query from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who called into question her department's accounting of the Sept. 11 …
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 Wire:
Text of Hillary Clinton's Senate Testimony on Benghazi
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 23, 2013
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Rush Limbaugh and ABCNEWS
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 …
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
AP sources: Pentagon opens combat roles to women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday.
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Wall Street Journal:   Combat Ban for Women to End
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon to Allow Women in Combat
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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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House votes to suspend debt limit  —  A measure to suspend the nation's legal limit on borrowing for nearly four months cleared a key vote in the House Wednesday, as Republicans broadly endorsed a new tactic that would temporarily remove the threat of a potentially calamitous government default …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The brilliantly stupid new plan to raise the debt ceiling without raising it
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Wonkblog and Slate
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.
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Governor: 'There Is No One Who Doesn't Have Health Care In America'  —  In an interview with Kaiser Health News on Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) explained he remains a staunch opponent of Obamacare because health care reform is unnecessary.
David Weigel / Slate:
Virginia State Senate Moves Ahead on Electoral College-Rigging Bill  —  Congressional clerks open certificate envelopes from different states during a joint session of the 113th Congress to count the Electoral College votes January 4, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Virginia Republicans Move Forward with Mass Disenfranchisement
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!
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 …
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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
UNIONS SUFFER SHARP DECLINE IN MEMBERSHIP
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.) …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
2/23/2013 Will Be A Day of Resistance  —  “The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed.  The agitation it produces must be submitted to.”  — Thomas Jefferson Yes, Barack Obama did beat Mitt Romney in 2012.  But, he was reelected as President- not king.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: GPB producer resigns over hiring of Chip Rogers  —  News that former state Sen. Chip Rogers has been given an executive position at Georgia Public Broadcasting with a hefty starting salary of $150,000 has prompted the resignation of a longtime executive producer at the network.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Back Obama's Proposals to Address Gun Violence  —  Criminal background checks on gun sales garner highest level of support  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Given the chance to vote “for” or “against” each of nine key proposals included in President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, Americans back all nine.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Morsy implies Jews control the American media  —  Last week in Cairo, seven U.S. senators had a highly contentious meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy during which the Muslim Brotherhood leader implied that he was the victim of an American media run by the Jews.
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.
 
 
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Michael Lind / Salon:
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Roger Ross Williams / New York Times:
‘Gospel of Intolerance’  —  Raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up in the black church.
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LZ Granderson / CNN:
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