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5:45 AM ET, January 25, 2013

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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Filibuster Reform 2013, Harry Reid Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster Reform, Jeff Merkley Filibuster Reform …
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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”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform.  The deal is this: The filibuster will not be reformed.
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Rally Around Reid's Scaled Back Filibuster Deal
Discussion: Slate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and McConnell reach tentative deal to change filibuster rules
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women  —  Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.
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Greg Myre / National Security:
Women In Combat: 5 Key Questions
Discussion: Hit & Run and Guardian
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
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Talking Points Memo:
Tom Tancredo To Smoke Pot  —  Anti-immigrant firebrand and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) says he will make good on a past bet he made to smoke marijuana if Colorado legalized it by referendum.  Tancredo, who supported the marijuana reform proposal but said he did not partake in drugs himself …
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Former Rep. Tom Tancredo loses bet, will smoke pot
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) …
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Republican Electoral College Plan Would Undermine Democracy  —  Republicans are struggling to right their ship after the defeat of 2012.  The unfavorable demographic trends for the GOP that we describe in our new book, Barack Obama and the New America, have sunk in, and the party knows it must do something.
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Ian Millhiser / Center for American Progress …:
Grand Theft Election
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and msnbc.com
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Group Working To Reform Electoral College Condemns GOP's ‘Indefensible’ Virginia Scheme
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot and 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
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Feinstein calls for banning more than 150 types of firearms during dramatic press conference  —  WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein staged a dramatic press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with 10 weapons at her side and unveiled legislation instituting a government ban …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Biden's gun advice for earthquakes
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.
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
James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal: GOP a ‘populist party’  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Watch out, Washington: Bobby Jindal called Thursday on Republicans to take an axe to the federal government.  —  The Louisiana governor suggested “re-thinking nearly every social program in Washington” in a speech to members of the Republican National Committee gathered here.
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Address 'One Of The Hardest Speeches I've Written,' Jon Favreau Says  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — It is surprisingly difficult to write speeches for President Barack Obama, one of the most gifted orators in recent political history.  —  Yes, written words tend to sound better when he's reciting them.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Banker / FOX2now.com:
Brawl At Social Services Office Caught On Video  —  EAST ST. LOUIS, IL.  (KTVI) - An alarming video of a Tuesday afternoon brawl at a social services office in East St. Louis had workers and clients concerned for their safety and brought calls for action.  —  A witness told FOX2 it began as a dispute over a place in line.
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry  —  Screenshot from preview of Nova's “Rise of the Drones”  —  The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.  The documentary, “Rise of the Drones,” …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Medicare improperly paid $120M to ineligibles  —  Illegal immigrants and prison inmates received more than $120 million in Medicare services from 2009-2011 despite federal law that makes them ineligible for the program, according to two new reports from the HHS inspector general.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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CNN:
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Orlando Sentinel:
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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry: The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class
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John Tomasic / The Colorado Independent:
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