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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 …
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  —  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.
Washington Free Beacon:
Paul to Clinton: ‘I would have relieved you of your duty’
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The PJ Tatler
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
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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Alex Pareene / Salon:
The brilliantly stupid new plan to raise the debt ceiling without raising it
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Wonkblog and Slate
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
GOP Jiu-Jitsu  —  I don't quite see why the Republicans' move …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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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  —  Virginia's congressional districts.  —  This morning, I wrote on an emerging Republican plan—in swing states won by President Obama—to rig presidential elections by awarding electoral votes to the winner of the most congressional districts.
CNN:
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.  Multiple officials confirm to CNN …
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Jezebel and Gawker
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon to remove ban on women in combat
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'
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
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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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.
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
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.
Noah Michelson / The Huffington Post:
Sadie, 11-Year-Old Transgender Girl, Writes Essay In Response To Obama's Inauguration Speech  —  FOLLOW:  —  Inauguration Speech, Obama Gay Rights Inauguration, Obama Inaugural Speech, Obama Transgender, Sadie Inauguration Speech, Sadie Obama Inauguration Speech, Sadie Obama Speech …
Discussion: Advocate and The Raw Story
Michael Lind / Salon:
Liberalism's unfinished agenda  —  Obama can't rest on his laurels.  He still needs to fix our broken criminal justice and child care systems  —  What remains undone by American liberalism after Barack Obama completes his second term?  Some commentators have suggested that …
 
 
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Helene Stapinski / New York Times:
Restaurants Turn Camera Shy
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Hillary Clinton Testifies / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Steve Chabot Wishes Clinton Well...Mostly
Roger Ross Williams / New York Times:
‘Gospel of Intolerance’  —  Raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up in the black church.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Morsy implies Jews control the American media
Benjamin Cohen / Guardian:
Facebook apologises after blocking founder of Gay Marriage USA Facebook
Lindsay Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
A Case for Shaming Obese People, Tastefully
Discussion: Feministing and Shakesville
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Kori Schake / Hoover Institution:
Flawed Diamond  —  A vanity project masquerading as anthropology.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Bob Schieffer must be straight
Discussion: FishbowlDC and CBS News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rand Paul to Hillary: Let's face it, you should have been fired over Benghazi
Bob Young / The Seattle Times:
Inslee encouraged by marijuana talk with Attorney General Holder
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and The Hill
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bitter Clingers Again
Discussion: American Spectator