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2:25 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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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.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid explains his filibuster deal  —  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.  —  Sen. Harry Reid is not ready tp give up on the filibuster.  (The Washington Post)
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal
Discussion: CNN
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid, McConnell Close To Filibuster Reform Deal
Discussion: National Review and ACS Blog
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 proposes new ban on some assault weapons
Discussion: Hit & Run, Post Politics and Guardian
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
National ‘assault weapon’ ban coming Thursday
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.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold Fundraiser For Chris Christie  —  The tech mogul and his wife “admire [Christie's] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's schoolchildren,” a spokesperson tells BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Politico, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Matthew Arco / Politicker NJ:
Obama speech too polarizing, Christie says
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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 …
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.
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Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bill to change allocation of Virginia's electoral votes advances
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
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Pushes Gun-Running Conspiracy Theory During Benghazi Hearing
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 …
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?”
John Eligon / New York Times:
Gov. Sam Brownback Seeks to End Kansas' Income Tax  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — President Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Monday afternoon and laid out an expansive liberal agenda for the nation.  Inside the Kansas State Capitol here this week, Gov. Sam Brownback …
Matthew Day / Telegraph:
Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set  —  Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul's most revered mosques.  —  Austria's Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul …
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 …
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 …
David Brown / Washington Post:
Learning to love grains, potatoes was key to the evolution of dogs  —  You know that dog biscuit shaped like a bone but made mostly of wheat?  Your dog's willingness to eat that treat, instead of going for a bone in your thigh, helps explain how its ancestors evolved from wolves into house pets.
Twitter Blog:
Vine: A new way to share video  —  Today, we're introducing Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos.  Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity.  Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
The Silly Conservative Freak-Out Over Women in Combat  —  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon plans to lift a 1994 prohibition on women serving in combat roles.  The announcement prompted an ill-informed outcry from conservatives, who were perhaps unaware …
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Is Facebook envy making you miserable?  —  Below:  —  Latest market data  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Deficit Reduction Rises on Public's Agenda for Obama's Second Term  —  Public's Policy Priorities: 1994-2013  —  OVERVIEW  —  When Barack Obama took office four years ago, reducing the budget deficit was a middle-tier item on the public's agenda.  Only about half of Americans (53%) …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Fourth Year in Office Ties as Most Polarized Ever
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Joe Vardon / dispatchpolitics.dispatch.com:
Jeter concerned about climate change
Discussion: Politico and The Greenroom
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Republicans are open to gun control. But not President Obama's gun control plan
Discussion: The Hill and Gallup
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama follows in Reagan's footsteps
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Plum Line
David von Drehle / TIME:
No Nashville Blues for Al Gore
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Julie Pace / ABCNEWS:
Obama Picks Mary Jo White to Lead SEC
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Economist Says Cats Should Be Eliminated From New Zealand
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jerusalem Post:
Final election count: Right bloc 61, Center-Left 59 seats
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Middle East and North Africa
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats propose opening gun makers to civil liability
 

 
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