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4:40 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.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and McConnell reach tentative deal to change filibuster rules
Discussion: Right Turn and LifeNews.com
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal
Discussion: CNN
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures … Yesterday, Virginia Republicans took the first step to move a GOP plan to rig the Electoral College forward in that state.  Similar plans are under consideration in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
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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.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Group Working To Reform Electoral College Condemns GOP's ‘Indefensible’ Virginia Scheme
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
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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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden's gun advice for earthquakes
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 …
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Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
It's Official: Women Will Serve in Combat
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Heather Mac Donald / National Review:
Wrong on Women Warriors
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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Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
GOP Plots Path Back to Power
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.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
TRENDING: Zuckerberg to fundraise for Christie
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Matthew Arco / Politicker NJ:
Obama speech too polarizing, Christie says
Discussion: Daily Kos, 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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?”
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry: The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class  —  Household spending on food, housing, utilities, etc. has fallen from 53% of disposable income in 1950 to 32% today.  —  A favorite “progressive” trope is that America's middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s.
Discussion: EconLog, Wonkblog, AEIdeas and Cafe Hayek
Ryan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat  —  A Pentagon push to mix the sexes ignores how awful cheek-by-jowl life is on the battlefield.  —  America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday's news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Jim Roberts takes buyout  —  New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts is leaving after 26 years with the paper, making him the ninth staffer on record to leave the Times as it seeks to cut 30 positions from the newsroom.  —  “After 26 years at the New York Times …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Banning of protester from D.C. after inauguration ignites debate on free speech
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City Journal:
The GOP and the City  —  Conservative policies have greatly benefited urbanites.
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Liaquat Ahamed / The New Republic:
Timothy Geithner on Populism, Paul Ryan, and His Legacy
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Fourth Year in Office Ties as Most Polarized Ever
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Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Is Facebook envy making you miserable?
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Jeter concerned about climate change
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Republicans are open to gun control. But not President Obama's gun control plan
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