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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.
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Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Senate approves modest filibuster changes
Discussion: Washington Post
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Three Winners And Three Losers In Today's Filibuster Deal
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Wonkblog
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid: “I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”
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
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal
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.
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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.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Reuters
Politico:
John Kerry: Mr. Climate
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 …
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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
James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal: GOP a ‘populist party’
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
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.
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  —  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) …
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.
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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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.
 
 
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Jhorseman / Political Empire:
CONGRESS: Baca to challenge Negrete McLeod in 2014
Discussion: Ballot Box and Roll Call
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Britain heading for triple-dip recession as GDP shrinks 0.3% in fourth quarter
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The Theorists of the Moocher Class: Veronique de Rugy and Paul Ryan
Daily Mail:
Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic, leading health academic claims
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
For Obama's New Term, Start Here
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Medicare improperly paid $120M to ineligibles
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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
Andy Banker / FOX2now.com:
Brawl At Social Services Office Caught On Video
Orlando Sentinel:
Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines
 

 
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