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7:45 PM ET, January 30, 2013

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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 …
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP  —  On Wednesday, the government announced that the economy had shrunk at a 0.1 percent annual pace between October and December.  That came as a surprise to most economists, who were expecting at least modest growth.  So what happened?
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Economy Contracted Unexpectedly in Fourth Quarter
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dems Tout Claim: 'Best-Looking Contraction in U.S. GDP You'll Ever See'
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gabrielle Giffords' husband smacks down Wayne LaPierre  —  Perhaps the most important moment so far in today's Senate Judiciary hearing on guns came when astronaut Mark Kelly directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Durbin Hits Back At NRA's LaPierre: ‘You Missed That Point Completely’ (VIDEO)  —  After National Rifle Association exectuive vice president Wayne LaPierre insisted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday that universal background checks on firearms purchases …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Gabby Giffords's Handwritten Notes for Her Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee  —  The former U.S. representative wrote her speech in pen, and on binder paper.  —  Americans for Responsible Solutions  —  This morning, Gabby Giffords made an unannounced appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence.
Jillian Rayfield / Salon:
LaPierre under fire
Discussion: Rumproast
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Notes Gabrielle Giffords Used During Her Testimony On Gun Violence
Natalie Jennings / Post Politics:
Gabrielle Giffords's testimony (Photo)
Discussion: Wonkette, Twitchy and Mashable!
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
William ‘Mo’ Cowan is Governor Deval Patrick's pick to serve as interim US senator  —  William “Mo” Cowan is Governor Deval Patrick's choice to serve as the interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters June 25, according to a source in the governor's office.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown/Markey would start out as toss up
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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lauraingraham.com:
Shut Up & Blog  —  Sen. Vitter on Rubio immigration plan: ‘Amazingly naïve...’
Sen. Marco Rubio / RedState:
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Ben Hubbard / bigstory.ap.org:
SYRIA CONFIRMS ISRAELI JETS BOMBED MILITARY SITE  —  You are here  —  Home » Israel » Syria confirms Israeli jets bombed military site  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria, foreign officials and Syrian state TV said Wednesday …
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New York Times:   Israeli Jets Attack Inside Target in Syria
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay  —  Tennessee's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year.  But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House Blames GDP Drop On Republicans  —  “It's not a game — it's the American economy,” Carney scolds.  —  Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  WASHINGTON — White House Press …
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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 …
Keoki Kerr / Hawaii News Now:
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner  —  Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.
Discussion: Advocate, ArtsBeat, Gossip Cop and Gawker
MiamiHerald.com:
FBI wraps up raid at West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez  —  Agents with the FBI and HHS continued their search Wednesday of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Gayle Trotter Testimony Captivates Senate Gun Control Hearing  —  Gun Control, Video, Second Amendment, Senate Gun Control, Senate Gun Hearing, Gayle Trotter, Gayle Trotter Gun Control, Gayle Trotter Gun Rights, Gayle Trotter Senate Hearing, Women And Guns, Women Gun Control, Politics News
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.
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 …
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves  —  The announcement that CNN is totally revamping its morning show and scrapping Soledad O'Brien's “Starting Point” has sent shivers through her staff.  —  Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration takes steps to implement individual mandate  —  The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
The Week:
Why I hate Twitter  —  The social sharing tool was once a vision.  Now it's a prison  —  S  —  oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Making Voting Constitutional  —  In Fairfax County, Virginia, a voter holds their voting permit and ID card at the Washington Mill Elementary School near Mount Vernon, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  Fairfax County is a Washington suburb with more than 1 million residents and is the biggest battleground …
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
 
 
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Biden defends new foreign policy team in interview with CNN
Discussion: Politico
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Government Gave 4,317 Aliens 2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
Discussion: protein wisdom
Bella Battle / The Sun:
Serbian PM flashed at during prank interview for Croatian TV
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Gawker
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
How to Vote Down Voter ID
Discussion: Washington Examiner
ProPublica:
Obama's Flip-Flops on Money in Politics: A Brief History
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Bill Would Require All First Graders To Take NRA-Sponsored Gun Class
National Review:
A Pointless Amnesty  —  Illegal immigration is a curious subject …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Vanity Fair:
Ari, Ezekiel, and Rahm Emanuel's Upbringing: Their Tight Bond, Childhood Dustups, and Skirmishes with Racist Bullies
Discussion: Politico and NewsBusters blogs
 Earlier Items: 
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
President Obama's uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Shadowy Squads Enforce Modesty in Hasidic Brooklyn
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
GOP electoral vote changes going nowhere
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
More Heads to Roll at CNN
Discussion: TVNewser and TheBlaze.com
Kevin Kiley / Inside Higher Ed:
North Carolina governor joins chorus of Republicans critical of liberal arts
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
 

 
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