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12:20 PM ET, January 25, 2013

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Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Governor confirms U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' retirement  —  Gov. Nathan Deal said that U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss called him this morning to inform him that he would not run for a third term in 2014.  —  “I told him to make sure he served out his full term because I didn't want to appoint someone …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Saxby Chambliss to retire  —  Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who has positioned himself as a bipartisan deal-maker on the budget, will not run for a third term next year, according to a source familiar with his plans.  —  The 69-year-old Chambliss has informed colleagues and staff …
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Chambliss Will Not Run for Senate Again
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 …
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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.”
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.
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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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’
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 …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
DEVELOPING: Obama recess appointments unconstitutional, court  —  In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama's controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Jeb Bush: Piecemeal immigration reform is ‘shortsighted and self-defeating’
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Kerry Pledges To Confront Climate Change: ‘I Will Be A Passionate Advocate’ Of Action  —  At his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) took a strong position on the urgent need for climate action.  —  Kerry's likely confirmation is good news for confronting climate change.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Obama Climate Deal
Discussion: JunkScience.com
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
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Senate approves modest filibuster changes
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
New York Times:
Women in the Battlefield  —  The Pentagon's decision to end its ban on women in combat is a triumph for equality and common sense.  By opening infantry, artillery and other battlefield jobs to all qualified service members regardless of sex, the military is showing that categorical discrimination …
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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
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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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 polling director into White House, according to an official, part of a broader migration of political staff …
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 …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:   Dianne Feinstein Introduces Assault Weapons Ban, Urges Public To Help It Pass
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ex-Officer for C.I.A. Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak Case  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The first Central Intelligence Agency officer to face prison for disclosing classified information, was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison by a judge at the federal courthouse here.
Tom Wilkinson / The Independent:
Comic book hero Judge Dredd ‘might be gay’  —  First picture of the latest edition of comic 2000 AD, titled Closet, shows Dredd kissing another man  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
UK 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: Pat Dollard and The Maddow Blog
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
 
 
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David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Alan S. Blinder / The Atlantic Online:
How to Worry About the Deficit: (1) Don't; (2) Wait a Few Years; (3) Then Worry About Healthcare Costs
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reaffirmed: 4 Pinocchios for a misleading Mitt Romney ad on Chrysler and China
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A nation of takers  —  Nicholas Eberstadt is the author …
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Barack Obama provides landing pad for fly
Discussion: Moonbattery
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns
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Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Senators not in ‘millionaires’ club' would be hurt by lost paychecks
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
UN opens probe into US armed drone strikes
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Real movement: Joe Manchin, NRA darling, comes out for universal background checks
 

 
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