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8:15 AM ET, January 25, 2013

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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.
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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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Three Winners And Three Losers In Today's Filibuster Deal … The Huffington Post reports that Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reached a deal today to support minor — and in some cases, temporary — changes to the Senate Rules, rather than push through …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Wonkblog
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senators Reach Deal to Curb Filibusters
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bipartisan Filibuster Deal Is Reached in the Senate
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
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: Hit & Run and Guardian
Washington Post:
Republicans in Virginia, other states seeking electoral college changes  —  Republicans in Virginia and a handful of other battleground states are pushing for far-reaching changes to the electoral college in an attempt to counter recent success by Democrats.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Republican Electoral College Plan Would Undermine Democracy
Ian Millhiser / Center for American Progress …:
Grand Theft Election
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and msnbc.com
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Former Rep. Tom Tancredo loses bet, will smoke pot
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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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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Milan Simonich / Current Argus:
Carlsbad's Cathrynn Brown under fire for bill on abortion by rape victims
Discussion: She The People
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Senators not in ‘millionaires’ club' would be hurt by lost paychecks  —  The Senate is often called the “millionaires' club,” but some of its members would feel the pain if a blown budget deadline costs them their paychecks.  —  Provisions in the “No Budget, No Pay” debt ceiling bill …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
UN opens probe into US armed drone strikes  —  The United Nations has begun an investigation into the use of armed aerial drone strikes by the United States and others to see if those attacks violate international human-rights laws.  —  The investigation will be led by Ben Emmerson …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick: Solving the Immigration Puzzle  —  Some want illegals to return to their native countries and ‘wait in line’ like everyone else.  There is no line.  —  The nation's capital is awash with ideas about how to fix America's immigration policy.
Discussion: Right Turn and msnbc.com
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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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: Business Insider and CNN
ons.gov.uk:
Release: Gross Domestic Product: Preliminary Estimate, Q4 2012  — GDP was estimated to have decreased by 0.3% in Q4 2012 compared with Q3 2012.  — Output of the production industries was estimated to have decreased by 1.8% in Q4 2012 compared with Q3 2012, following an increase of 0.7% between Q2 2012 and Q3 2012.
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and Telegraph
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Real movement: Joe Manchin, NRA darling, comes out for universal background checks
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
Climate-Change Misdirection
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
For Obama's New Term, Start Here
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Medicare improperly paid $120M to ineligibles
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Washington Post:
Keystone XL is coming back
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Address 'One Of The Hardest Speeches I've Written,' Jon Favreau Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality
Discussion: Back2Stonewall and Taylor Marsh
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CNN:
GOP chief plans major overhaul to party
Donovan Slack / Politico:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Andy Banker / FOX2now.com:
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Benj Edwards / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Boing Boing and The Verge
Orlando Sentinel:
Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines
 

 
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