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11:40 PM ET, January 24, 2013

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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Filibuster Reform 2013, Harry Reid Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster Reform, Jeff Merkley Filibuster Reform …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid: “I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform.  The deal is this: The filibuster will not be reformed.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senators Reach Deal to Curb Filibusters
Discussion: Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Rally Around Reid's Scaled Back Filibuster Deal
Discussion: Slate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and McConnell reach tentative deal to change filibuster rules
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and CNN
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women  —  Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.
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Greg Myre / National Security:
Women In Combat: 5 Key Questions
Discussion: Guardian and Hit & Run
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Wrong on Women Warriors
Fox News:
Tancredo vows to smoke pot, in promo for film about Colorado's successful legalization effort  —  FILE: Nov. 12, 2007: Former presidential candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., at a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.REUTERS  —  Tokin' Tom Tancredo?  Not exactly.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
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Talking Points Memo:
Tom Tancredo To Smoke Pot  —  Anti-immigrant firebrand and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) says he will make good on a past bet he made to smoke marijuana if Colorado legalized it by referendum.  Tancredo, who supported the marijuana reform proposal but said he did not partake in drugs himself …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo loses bet, will smoke pot
Discussion: The Greenroom
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New York Post Goes After Hillary Clinton With Blatantly Sexist Cover  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is taking flack from conservatives over her angry outburst during a Senate committee hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks.  When pressed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Feinstein calls for banning more than 150 types of firearms during dramatic press conference  —  WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein staged a dramatic press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with 10 weapons at her side and unveiled legislation instituting a government ban …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Biden's gun advice for earthquakes
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As ‘Tampering With Evidence’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Abortion Tampering With Evidence, Cathrynn Brown Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Evidence, New Mexico Abortion Law, New Mexico Rape Abortion, Politics News
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Republican Electoral College Plan Would Undermine Democracy  —  Republicans are struggling to right their ship after the defeat of 2012.  The unfavorable demographic trends for the GOP that we describe in our new book, Barack Obama and the New America, have sunk in, and the party knows it must do something.
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Group Working To Reform Electoral College Condemns GOP's ‘Indefensible’ Virginia Scheme
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures
James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal: GOP a ‘populist party’  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Watch out, Washington: Bobby Jindal called Thursday on Republicans to take an axe to the federal government.  —  The Louisiana governor suggested “re-thinking nearly every social program in Washington” in a speech to members of the Republican National Committee gathered here.
Discussion: CNN
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Washington Post:   Bobby Jindal speaking truth to GOP power
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Next ‘Star Wars’ Film (Exclusive)  —  J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
CNN:
GOP chief plans major overhaul to party  —  Washington (CNN) — The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone's throw away from the U.S. Capitol.  —  That's right, the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop …
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
GOP Attracting Minorities?
KPTV-TV:
Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs  —  If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.  —  Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Address 'One Of The Hardest Speeches I've Written,' Jon Favreau Says  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — It is surprisingly difficult to write speeches for President Barack Obama, one of the most gifted orators in recent political history.  —  Yes, written words tend to sound better when he's reciting them.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Orlando Sentinel:
Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines  —  An earlier version of this article and an accompanying graphic incorrectly characterized Volusia County as among the state's worst for Nov. 6 voter lines.  —  The long Election Day lines around Florida may have turned away …
Andy Banker / FOX2now.com:
Brawl At Social Services Office Caught On Video  —  EAST ST. LOUIS, IL.  (KTVI) - An alarming video of a Tuesday afternoon brawl at a social services office in East St. Louis had workers and clients concerned for their safety and brought calls for action.  —  A witness told FOX2 it began as a dispute over a place in line.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Medicare improperly paid $120M to ineligibles  —  Illegal immigrants and prison inmates received more than $120 million in Medicare services from 2009-2011 despite federal law that makes them ineligible for the program, according to two new reports from the HHS inspector general.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Tomasic / The Colorado Independent:
In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people  —  Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year's Day 2006.  She was vomiting and short of breath …
 
 
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