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8:50 PM ET, January 25, 2013


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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
COURT: OBAMA APPOINTMENTS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Neoconfederate Judges Rule NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional  —  Oh, great.  The opinion is an atrocity, classic “hack originalism for dummies,” relying heavily on the fact that recess appointments during nominal sessions of the Senate are a relatively recent phenomenon …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Federal Appeals Court Invalidates Obama's Recess Appointments to NLRB
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News  —  After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation's highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.  —  “It's my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News and Sarah Palin Part Ways  —  5:53 p.m. |  Updated “Sarah, where are you?” one of Sarah Palin's 3.4 million Facebook fans wrote on her wall last week.  “Has your contract with Fox ended?” another fan had asked the day before.  —  Yes, Ms. Palin's contract with Fox News has ended, and no, it is not being renewed.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:   Sarah Palin Out At Fox News Channel
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
GOP senators will oppose VA electoral change  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The prospects appear doomed in Virginia this year for Republican-backed legislation that would replace the state's winner-take-all method of apportioning presidential electoral votes with one that awards one vote to the winner of each congressional district.
Michael Sluss / Blue Ridge Caucus:
Updated: GOP Sen. Smith opposes bill to allocate presidential electoral votes by congressional district
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This is a Big, Big Deal  —  A week ago I noted a new Republican push …
Discussion: The Mahablog and theGrio
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Plan to Take the Electoral-Vote-Rigging Scheme National
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Five Reasons Bobby Jindal Is Responsible For Transforming The GOP Into ‘The Stupid Party’  —  Days after Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) kicked off a publicity campaign for his 2016 run, casting himself as a different kind of Republican.
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Full text: Bobby Jindal's dynamite speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Haley Barbour: ‘Stupid’ comments hurt GOP
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and CNN
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who had the worst week in Washington?  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).  —  Wednesday didn't start out badly for Sen. Ronald H. Johnson.  —  Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who was elected in 2010, drew national headlines — and praise from conservatives — for pushing Secretary …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CNN Anchor Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat To Endorse Racial Segregation  —  Conservatives are outraged over Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to lift the ban on women in combat, which opens up more than 200,000 frontline positions to women.  Opponents of the move have called it “humiliating” and dangerous to unit cohesion.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss: Frustration with Washington drove him out  —  U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the leader of a bipartisan effort to address the federal deficit, this morning pointed to gridlock in Washington for his decision not to seek a third term in 2014.  —  A statement just released by his office includes this:
Toni Yates / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Booker helps freezing dog after Eyewitness News tweet … new jersey, newark, cory booker, dog, cold, cold weather, new jersey news, toni yates  —  More: Bio, Facebook, Twitter, Stories by Toni Yates, News Team  —  NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) — Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates and her crew spotted …
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Helps Rescue Freezing Dog
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
We Must Do Something About The Media  —  It's important.  —  I already mentioned the media's Hillary Tributes, but there's even more of it.  —  And I've mentioned this before, but I'm truly alarmed about it: What we are witnessing is the full and seamless fusion of media power with government power.
David Mamet / The Daily Beast:
Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†  —  The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so.  By David Mamet.  Get the full issue of Newsweek today on your iPad and other editions.  —  † A city in eastern Poland.
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to unveil immigration plan
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
As Obama and Clinton Sit for Joint Interview, Some Look to 2016
Discussion: Mediaite
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
IS OBAMA BIBLICAL ‘LORD OF THE FLIES’?  —  Prophecy sites have field day with president's insect moments  —  Aaron Klein is WND's senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.  He also hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York's WABC Radio.  Follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Lessons Conservatives Need to Learn  —  Obama is a formidable foe.  He means to change the country and crush the GOP.  —  Two lessons on how conservatives and Republicans might approach the future, and a look at the meaning of Obama.  —  Lesson one: Golf star Phil Mickelson …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not going away'  —  Mitt Romney's campaign ended, but he's not getting out of politics.  —  Romney told top Washington bundlers, donors and senior campaign leadership in a meeting Friday morning that he would help out GOP candidates for governor in 2013 …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Mexico Bill Would Imprison Rape Victims Who Receive Abortions  —  Should a recently introduced bill in New Mexico become law, rape victims will be required to carry their pregnancies to term during their sexual assault trials or face charges of “tampering with evidence.”
Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal.  —  The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA.  —  As of January 26, consumers will no longer be able unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes  —  Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took …
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Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
March for Life draws ardent protest against abortion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julian Ryal / Telegraph:
Google Earth exposes North Korea's secret prison camps
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Robert Costa / National Review:
Miller Mulls a Begich Challenge
Discussion: PostPartisan
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
In new fundraising pitch, McConnell campaign says senator blocked filibuster reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Mark Kelly, NRA's Wayne LaPierre To Testify On Gun Violence At Senate Hearing
Discussion: Post Politics
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Exclusive: NRA senior lobbyist says attack ad was “ill-advised”
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Lynch set to run for US Senate in special election
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science
Discussion: Truthdig and Suburban Guerrilla
 Earlier Items: 
Felix Salmon:
How roads could beat rail
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Mother Jones
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reaffirmed: 4 Pinocchios for a misleading Mitt Romney ad on Chrysler and China
Discussion: Poynter, Daily Kos and Politico
Tom Wilkinson / The Independent:
Comic book hero Judge Dredd ‘might be gay’
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Is Hillary seeing double? …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My God, Could This Be True?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deficit Hawks Down  —  President Obama's second Inaugural …