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2:45 AM ET, January 26, 2013

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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News  —  After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation's highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.  —  “It's my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Says Its 3-Year Relationship With Palin Is Over  —  “Sarah, where are you?” one of Sarah Palin's 3.4 million Facebook fans wrote on her wall last week.  “Has your contract with Fox ended?” another fan asked the day before.  —  Fox News has indeed parted ways with Ms. Palin …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin Out At Fox News Channel  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel are parting ways, according to a report in Real Clear Politics.  After three years as a paid contributor for the channel, FNC and the former Republican vice presidential nominee have decided to cut ties.
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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Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Neoconfederate Judges Rule NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional  —  Oh, great.  The opinion is an atrocity, classic “hack originalism for dummies,” relying heavily on the fact that recess appointments during nominal sessions of the Senate are a relatively recent phenomenon …
NLRB:
Statement by Chairman Pearce on recess appointment ruling  —  Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a decision finding that the Jan. 4, 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board were invalid.  In response, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce issued the following statement:
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Federal Appeals Court Invalidates Obama's Recess Appointments to NLRB
Gary Heinlein / detroitnews.com:
Michigan legislators weigh changes to Electoral College rules  —  Some Republicans want to replace current winner-take-all vote with proportional system  —  Lansing — Michigan is one of five states debating changes to how its Electoral College votes are counted as part of a Republican push …
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Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
GOP senators will oppose VA electoral change
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This is a Big, Big Deal  —  A week ago I noted a new Republican push …
Discussion: The Mahablog and theGrio
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Plan to Take the Electoral-Vote-Rigging Scheme National
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who had the worst week in Washington?  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).  —  Wednesday didn't start out badly for Sen. Ronald H. Johnson.  —  Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who was elected in 2010, drew national headlines — and praise from conservatives — for pushing Secretary …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CNN Anchor Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat To Endorse Racial Segregation  —  Conservatives are outraged over Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to lift the ban on women in combat, which opens up more than 200,000 frontline positions to women.  Opponents of the move have called it “humiliating” and dangerous to unit cohesion.
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David Mamet / The Daily Beast:
Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†  —  The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so.  By David Mamet.  Get the full issue of Newsweek today on your iPad and other editions.  —  † A city in eastern Poland.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rubio shows opposition to immigration reform is an inch deep  —  I've certainly been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration policy among tough conservatives.  From Grover Norquist to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Sean Hannity, Rubio has gotten favorable …
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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
White House, Senators to Begin Push on Immigration Reform
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to unveil immigration plan
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Toni Yates / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Booker helps freezing dog after Eyewitness News tweet … new jersey, newark, cory booker, dog, cold, cold weather, new jersey news, toni yates  —  More: Bio, Facebook, Twitter, Stories by Toni Yates, News Team  —  NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) — Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates and her crew spotted …
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Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Helps Rescue Freezing Dog
Paul Sperry / Investor's Business Daily:
Clinton Added Teeth To CRA, Obama Turned Them Into Fangs  —  Despite new evidence the Community Reinvestment Act led to riskier lending and played a key role in the subprime mortgage crisis, the Obama administration is broadening the anti-redlining regulation's authority and scope, spooking bankers.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Five Reasons Bobby Jindal Is Responsible For Transforming The GOP Into ‘The Stupid Party’  —  Days after Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) kicked off a publicity campaign for his 2016 run, casting himself as a different kind of Republican.
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not going away'  —  Mitt Romney's campaign ended, but he's not getting out of politics.  —  Romney told top Washington bundlers, donors and senior campaign leadership in a meeting Friday morning that he would help out GOP candidates for governor in 2013 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Lessons Conservatives Need to Learn  —  Obama is a formidable foe.  He means to change the country and crush the GOP.  —  Two lessons on how conservatives and Republicans might approach the future, and a look at the meaning of Obama.  —  Lesson one: Golf star Phil Mickelson …
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
IS OBAMA BIBLICAL ‘LORD OF THE FLIES’?  —  Prophecy sites have field day with president's insect moments  —  Aaron Klein is WND's senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.  He also hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York's WABC Radio.  Follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.
 
 
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Facebook Chief to Hold Fund-Raiser for Christie
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Off To A Slow Start In Capitol Hill Gun Campaign
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
March for Life draws ardent protest against abortion
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Julian Ryal / Telegraph:
Google Earth exposes North Korea's secret prison camps
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Robert Costa / National Review:
Miller Mulls a Begich Challenge
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
In new fundraising pitch, McConnell campaign says senator blocked filibuster reform
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 Earlier Items: 
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Exclusive: NRA senior lobbyist says attack ad was “ill-advised”
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Lynch set to run for US Senate in special election
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Felix Salmon:
How roads could beat rail
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Mother Jones
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reaffirmed: 4 Pinocchios for a misleading Mitt Romney ad on Chrysler and China
Discussion: Poynter, Daily Kos and Politico
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss: Frustration with Washington drove him out