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11:20 AM ET, January 24, 2013

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Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal speaking truth to GOP power  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver a forceful denunciation of his party's Washington-centric focus in a speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday evening, arguing that the GOP is fighting the wrong fight as it seeks to rebuild from losses at the ballot box last November.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Pitches a Benghazi Shutout  —  ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’  —  In five hours of Congressional testimony Wednesday, Hillary Clinton took “responsibility” for the mishandling of the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi without ever saying she was responsible for much of anything.
Discussion: Right Turn
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Hillary Clinton 69, Rand Paul 10
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Rush Limbaugh:
The Cleansing of Mrs. Clinton's Record
Discussion: Vox Popoli, CNN and Politico
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
THE BREITBART/O'KEEFE-IZATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS, PART MCMLXXVII
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton pays off 2008 campaign debt
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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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Virginia Republican State Senator Declines To Back GOP Electoral College Rigging Scheme … In a subcommittee vote Wednesday, Virginia State Sen. and former Republican National Committee Chief Counsel Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) abstained on a key vote on a bill to rig the state's electoral college vote.
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bill to change allocation of Virginia's electoral votes advances
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue  —  National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state …
Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Feinstein revives assault-weapons ban  —  Bill faces tough going in the Republican-controlled House. … WASHINGTON — California Democrat Dianne Feinstein will begin her fourth full term as a U.S. senator much as she started her Senate career: fighting for a ban on assault weapons.
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CNN:
Feinstein to display guns at assault weapons ban announcement  —  (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will have a “bunch of assault weapons on display” this morning when she unveils her new assault weapons ban, including a Bushmaster rifle, Democratic sources tell CNN.
Discussion: The Raw Story
National Review:
Why Young Women Want AR-15s
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Boehner, Ryan gamble on pledge to balance the budget in 10 years  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) pledge to back a Republican budget that balances within 10 years raises the political stakes for his party and sets up another major test of his leadership.  —  Democrats eyeing a takeover …
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Jerusalem Post:
Final election count: Right bloc 61, Center-Left 59 seats  —  After the last vote is counted, officials say Ahmad Tibi's party Raam-Taal drops from five seats to four, while Naftali Bennett's party gains one, Kadima party makes it over the threshold with two mandates.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bipartisan Filibuster Deal Is Taking Shape in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are nearing an agreement on new limits to the filibuster, an effort to speed action in the often-clogged chamber by prohibiting senators from using a common tactic to slow the legislative process.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democratic Senators Face Gun Owners Roused by Talk of New Laws  —  BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?”
New York Times:
Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military's official ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said Wednesday.
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Reuters:
North Korea to target U.S. with nuclear, rocket tests  —  (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its “sworn enemy”.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats propose opening gun makers to civil liability  —  House Democrats on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ease current law to allow people to file civil law suits against gun manufacturers and others in the industry when they act irresponsibly.
fco.gov.uk:
Middle East and North Africa  —  Libya  —  Avoid all but essential travel to part(s) of country  —  Avoid all but essential travel to whole country … Travel advice for this country  — We are aware of a specific, imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi.
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Twitchy
John Althouse Cohen / Jaltcoh:
The “acting alone” fallacy  —  President Obama said this in his 2nd inaugural address: … I object to this move, which seems to have become popular with Democrats in the past couple years, of equating “doing things together” with government.  To suggest that anyone who'd like to see less …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
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.
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Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Mississippi's GOP Governor Says No American Lacks Health Care
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
 
 
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Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Mary Jo White to Lead SEC
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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Economist Says Cats Should Be Eliminated From New Zealand
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Politico:
Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 run
Discussion: The Week and The Plum Line
Ross Douthat:
The Liberal Hour  —  I naturally preferred my own version …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Inaugural official says Beyoncé ‘did not sing live’
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
UN to examine UK and US drone strikes
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTIAN GROUP TO LOBBY EVERY SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON HAGEL FOR DEFENSE
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Report: Ohio Secretary Of State's Restrictive Voting Hours Hurt Urban Voters
Wall Street Journal:
TARP Czar to Take Shot in Politics
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