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9:20 AM ET, February 1, 2013

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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edward I. Koch, 1924-2013: Edward I. Koch, Ex-Mayor of New York, Dies  —  Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified …
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New York Post:
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch dead at age 88: sources  —  Former Mayor Ed Koch died early this morning, sources told The Post.  He was 88.  —  Koch had been in and out of the hospital in recent months, and was admitted Monday at New York Presbyterian Medical Center.
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Ed Koch Dies: Former New York City Mayor Dead at 88  —  Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often-confrontational mayor who helped lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died.  He was 88.
NY Daily News:
Ed Koch dead: Mayor who became a symbol of New York City passes away at 88  —  Koch is remembered for rescuing the city from near-financial ruin during his years as mayor from 1978 to 1989.  A spokesman said he died Friday morning of congestive heart failure.
Deepti Hajela / bigstory.ap.org:
ED KOCH, MAYOR WHO BECAME A SYMBOL OF NYC, DIES
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Hagel delivers shaky performance  —  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) delivered a shaky performance at his confirmation hearing to lead the Pentagon while enduring a difficult day of grilling by his former Republican colleagues.  —  Hagel stumbled over some answers — describing Iran as having a …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz's Bogus Attack on Hagel  —  Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) (R) as they and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) arrive for Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Discussion: Althouse and Gawker
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Grills Chuck Hagel With Out-Of-Context Al-Jazeera Clip
Discussion: Business Insider and alan.com
Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
Is Chuck Hagel Failing?
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Cruzed’! Senator Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs try to save Hagel, slam Cruz
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Goes After Hagel Over Al Jazeera Appearance (VIDEO)
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Pastor Apologizes For Snide Remark On Meal Receipt  —  St. Louis woman says she got waitress fired for online leak  —  The St. Louis pastor responsible for the credit card receipt heard 'round the Internet termed her snide scribblings a “lapse in my character and judgment,” …
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Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From “Pastor” Customer Fired From Job  —  Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the waitress a tip, but also wrote “I Give God 10% Why do you Get 18?” on the receipt.  Now we've learned that the server who posted the receipt online has been fired.
Byron Tau / Politico:
RNC ends 2012 in the black  —  The Republican National Committee ended the 2012 presidential cycle in the black, the party announced Thursday.  —  The committee ended the year with $4.7 million in cash on hand, and raised $378 million over the last two years.
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign, DNC End Year in Debt
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Reuters:
Yahoo News interview: Mitch McConnell on immigration, guns, bourbon and Sen. Ashley Judd  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week expressed firm support for a guest worker program to help bring in more low-skilled workers for farm labor and other industries.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes debt ceiling, no-budget no-pay bill
Discussion: Business Insider
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Takes a Rest, How Weird Is That?  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan for 2013 was simple.  —  She'd embark on an epic swansong around the world as secretary of state, a dizzying itinerary of east-west and north-south flights that would take her past 1 million miles in the air …
Discussion: Politico
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Clinton raps Benghazi critics
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
New York Times:
Senator Has Long Ties to Donor Under Scrutiny  —  Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye surgeon, has always been happy to help out his friend, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.  —  He rushed to the senator's side when Mr. Menendez's mother died, flew him around on his private jet …
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family  —  (CNSNews.com) - In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
POLICE: SUICIDE BOMBING AT US EMBASSY, 2 DEAD … ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said.  —  U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione …
Discussion: Wired and BBC
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Poll Finds Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol; Even More Think the Feds Should Let States Do So  —  As the Obama administration mulls its response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that most Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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McAllister / Addicting Info:
Paranoid NRA Releases Enemy List - Are YOU On It?  —  Enemy lists...They go back as far as politics have been a part of our culture.  Nixon, Joseph McCarthy, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who is, we believe, still dead.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Snort: Senators reportedly in ‘shock’ over Hagel's ineptitude, bumbling  —  Stop, our aching sides!  This reminds us of the shock ... SHOCK ... when President Obama totally blew the first debate.  Remember, he even had to jet off to California to soothe the shock and worry of “deeply shaken” big-time celebrity donors.
Discussion: CNN and American Power
The Boston Globe:
GOP prods a hesitant Scott Brown to run for Senate  —  With time running short, Washington Republicans have begun a “full court press” to persuade an increasingly reluctant Scott Brown to run in the special election to replace John F. Kerry, say two leading Massachusetts GOP figures.
Discussion: Salon and MassPoliticsProfs
 
 
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Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Japan's ‘Cool Hand Luke’ moment for surface temperature
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Cuts Some 500 Jobs, Biggest Layoffs in Years
Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Biden: New gun controls won't likely end shootings
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Swanson Predicts the Future: Homeschooled Children Will be Given to Pedophiles, Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Joe Miller Re-emerges: Good News for Alaska Dems?
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David Vitter takes flak for Marco Rubio comments
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Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour
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The Boston Globe:
Globe reporter Glen Johnson joins Kerry's staff
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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