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12:00 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
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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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
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jiltin' Joe? Obama does ‘60 minutes’ with Hillary
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Reuters
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
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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 and Washington Monthly
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’
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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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid: “I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Senate approves modest filibuster changes
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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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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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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 …
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
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ons.gov.uk:
Release: Gross Domestic Product: Preliminary Estimate, Q4 2012
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator and Telegraph
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
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Obama Climate Deal  —  To approve natural gas exports and other energy projects, the president may demand a carbon tax  —  President Obama set off a guessing game this week as to what he intended with his inaugural promise to double down on climate change.  There's no need to guess.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and JunkScience.com
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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
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
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional  —  Appeals court panel rules Obama recess appointments to labor board 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.
Discussion: Hot Air, UrbanGrounds and ABCNEWS
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  —  Today, there is no deficit crisis.  Tomorrow, there will be no deficit crisis.  But in ten years, we will have a massive problem of exploding health care costs.  Now that's a crisis to worry about.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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.
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reaffirmed: 4 Pinocchios for a misleading Mitt Romney ad on Chrysler and China
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A nation of takers  —  Nicholas Eberstadt is the author …
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Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns
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UN opens probe into US armed drone strikes
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