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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 …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Reform Ends With A Whimper: How It Fell Apart  —  For true believers, filibuster reform was about making it painful, if not impossible, for a Senate minority to obstruct governance by the majority.  But it didn't come anywhere near that, leaving reformers deeply disappointed.
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Senate approves modest filibuster changes
Discussion: New York Times
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid: “I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Jeb Bush: Piecemeal immigration reform is ‘shortsighted and self-defeating’
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jiltin' Joe?  Obama does ‘60 minutes’ with Hillary  —  At the end of a week filled with talk about Joe Biden's presidential prospects, Barack Obama will sit down for a television interview with ... Hillary Clinton.  —  The joint interview Friday afternoon is set to air Sunday on CBS's “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Reuters
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Clinton to appear in joint ‘60 Minutes’ interview  —  The president and Clinton, who is expected to leave the State Department within days, will tape the interview Friday at the White House with “60 Minutes” anchor Steve Kroft.  It will be the president's first dual interview with anyone other than First Lady Michelle Obama.
Politico:
John Kerry: Mr. Climate
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Full text: Bobby Jindal's dynamite speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte … Below is the text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's full speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte, N.C. delivered Thursday night.  —  Thank you all for having me here tonight.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Haley Barbour: ‘Stupid’ comments hurt GOP  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour said on Friday that “stupid” and “offensive” comments made by one candidate can have a negative affect on others in the same political party.  —  “The comments they made were stupid comments …
Discussion: CNN
James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal: GOP a ‘populist party’
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
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.
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Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Is Hillary seeing double?  Daily News analysis points out the Secretary of State may suffer from vision impairments following a concussion and blood clot near her brain  —  A close inspection of Hillary Clinton's glasses worn during her Wednesday testimony on Benghazi shows an adhesive Fresnel prism …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and New York Magazine
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New York Post Goes After Hillary Clinton With Blatantly Sexist Cover
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to announce retirement  —  U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss will announce this morning that he's dropping plans to run for a third term in 2014, a decision certain to set off an avalanche of Republican candidates who will seek to replace him.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My God, Could This Be True?  —  Much like with Mitt Romney, it seems that Benjamin Netanyahu had no idea of the electoral drubbing headed his way, despite the fact that independent pollsters very much did see it coming.  Yes, you guessed it: Netanyahu's pollsters were apparently skewing his poll data.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deficit Hawks Down  —  President Obama's second Inaugural Address offered a lot for progressives to like.  There was the spirited defense of gay rights; there was the equally spirited defense of the role of government, and, in particular, of the safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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Talking Points Memo:
Tom Tancredo To Smoke Pot
Discussion: Mediaite
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Brings Pollster Into White House  —  A staff reshuffle as the campaign comes in from the cold.  —  Source: whitehouse.gov  —  President Barack Obama is bringing his campaign pollster into White House, according to an official, part of a broader migration of political staff into government …
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
Feinstein: Reinstate assault weapons ban  —  Proposal stricter than original, faces opposition  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein rolled out sweeping legislation that would ban more than 150 types of military-style semiautomatic rifles on Thursday, kicking off the congressional debate …
Katie Glueck / Reuters:
Allen West rips call for women in combat  —  Former Rep. Allen West on Thursday slammed a new Pentagon policy allowing women to serve in combat roles.  —  “Women in combat billets?  Another misconceived lib vision of fairness and equality,” tweeted the Republican from Florida who served in the military for more than 20 years.
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Greg Myre / National Security:
Women In Combat: 5 Key Questions
Politico:
Exiting Timothy Geithner talks fiscal future  —  Republicans have effectively ceded the debt ceiling as a political weapon, opening what could be a more productive and less economically dangerous period of fiscal debate, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in an exit interview with POLITICO.
Discussion: Political Capital
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers.  —  Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: Guardian, Spectator and Telegraph
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The Theorists of the Moocher Class: Veronique de Rugy and Paul Ryan  —  Now politicians like Paul Ryan who used to say things like: … are saying, instead: … How long will it be before the likes of Veronique de Rugy stop denouncing Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance …
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Britain heading for triple-dip recession as GDP shrinks 0.3% in fourth quarter  —  UK economy not expected to regain peak level for another two years - marking slowest recovery in a century  —  Britain could be on course for its third recession in four years after the economy shrank 0.3% in the last three months of 2012.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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