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1:45 PM ET, January 30, 2013

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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and annual 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of .1 percent …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracts in Fourth Quarter  —  Private-Sector Hiring Rose by 192,000 in January, ADP Reports  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. economic momentum screeched to a halt in the final months of 2012, as businesses pared back inventories and government spending fell sharply …
CNBC:
GDP Shows Surprise Drop for US in Fourth Quarter  —  The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus.  —  The economy shrank from October through December …
White House.gov Blog:
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2012  —  According to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis today, real GDP edged down .1 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2012, amid signs that Hurricane Sandy disrupted economic activity …
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Contracts as Defense Spending Slumps
Associated Press:
US economy shrinks 0.1 pct., first time in 3½ years; deep cut in defense spending key factor
Jennifer Delgado / Chicago Tribune:
Girl who performed at Obama inaugural events slain on South Side  —  A 15-year-old girl who got the chance to perform in Washington for the President's inauguration was shot to death after leaving school yesterday.  —  After taking their exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and a group …
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly vs Wayne LaPierre of NRA at Gun Violence Hearing  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will testify at a Senate hearing on gun violence alongside her husband Mark Kelly Wednesday morning.  —  Testimony given by the former congresswoman, who was shot by a gunman …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Giffords: ‘Americans are counting on you’
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
CBS News:
NRA vs. Giffords' husband at Senate gun control hearing
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Scott Clement / The Fix:
President Obama's popularity surges to three-year high  —  President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Fully 60 percent of Americans …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Mass. governor's former chief of staff to be appointed to Kerry's Senate seat
Discussion: CNN
MiamiHerald.com:
FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez  —  The FBI raided the office of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Fox News ratings hit 12-year low  —  Fox News had its worst ratings since 2001 in January, according to the latest figures.  —  The network had a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic in primetime and fell to its lowest total day ratings since 2008, a press release from rival cable channel MSNBC stated on Tuesday.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Erik Wemple:
MSNBC ‘reviewing’ Newtown ‘heckled’ video  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a legislative hearing in Hartford on Monday.
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Graham Says ‘Clinton Got Away With Murder’ On Benghazi, Will Hold Hagel Unless Panetta Testifies  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is still searching for the silver bullet, that one piece of testimony that will prove once and for all that the Obama administration lied during the aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
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Roll Call:
Hagel Vote Complicated for Democrats and Republicans
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Myra MacDonald / Reuters:
Israel hits target in Syria border area: sources
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can't Stem Fatal Shots  —  CHICAGO — Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed.  Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons ban  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.  —  Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
I Don't Like Marco Rubio's Plan  —  There.  I said it.  —  You'd be surprised how long it has taken to say this.  I've let multiple friends vet the various drafts of posts I've written on this and they all wind up arguing with each other over the details.  Is it amnesty or isn't it?
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Kevin Kiley / Inside Higher Ed:
North Carolina governor joins chorus of Republicans critical of liberal arts  —  By  —  North Carolinians might have seen this coming when they elected Patrick McCrory governor in November.  He's a Republican and the second half of his name is “Rick,” and these days …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight  —  Alex Wong/Getty Images - “I think [the cuts are] more likely to happen.  And I'm ashamed of the Congress, I'm ashamed of the president, and I'm ashamed of being in this body, quite frankly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham …
Andrew O'Shea / Viral Read:
Exclusive: Rep. Paul Broun Announces Candidacy for US Senate, Steals Karen Handel's Thunder  —  Former Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel and Congressman Paul Broun in a playful exchange following his impromptu announcement for US Senate
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions, Hollywood open to bankrolling Obama's advocacy arm  —  Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obama's second-term agenda.  —  Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Kate Nocera / Politico:
Schumer: ‘My heart went pitter patter’
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Favorability Best Since '09; 2-1 Approval for Inaugural Address
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