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7:45 PM ET, February 1, 2013

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David Sanger / The Caucus:
On Iran, Hagel Muddles the Message  —  Dealing with Iran is complicated, but President Obama's policy on the question of whether a nuclear-armed Iran could be successfully “contained” - the way the Soviet Union was during the cold war - is simple.  —  His answer is no.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
TODAY IN HAGEL BASHING  —  Former Senator Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday in what can only be described as nothing more than a show.  —  There really shouldn't be as much low farce in confirming a Cabinet appointment than was on display today …
Winslow Wheeler / TIME:
Hagel's Hearing: Profoundly Depressing  —  Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  —  Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee interact Thursday with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel—President Obama's candidate to be secretary of defense …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Any Profiles in Courage?  —  On October 3, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.  On October 27, after vigorous statements of opposition …
Discussion: TBogg
David Weigel / Slate:
The Hagel Vote: Counting to 51 or Counting to 60?
Drew Brees / CBS News:   Schieffer: Hagel's nomination “may be in trouble”
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chuck Hagel was bad. And it doesn't matter.
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 …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Ed Koch's grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl's last words  —  Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88.  He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008.  His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009 …
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:   What's on My Tombstone, and Why
Post Politics:
Scott Brown won't run for Senate  —  Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown will not run in the special election for outgoing Democratic Sen. John Kerry's seat, according to a Republican source familiar with his plans.  Brown's decision means Kerry's seat is very likely to remain in Democratic hands.
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown is not running for Senate
Discussion: msnbc.com
Boston Globe:
Scott Brown will not run for US Senate
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Brown Decides Against Massachusetts Senate Bid
Discussion: Hot Air, The Maddow Blog and The Fix
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.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Conservatives Shocked to Discover Healthcare in America is Really Expensive  —  “Can you respond to this?” asks a reader via Twitter.  “Conservative friends are posting it all over.”  It turns out that “this” is a headline from CNS: … Apparently conservatives are outraged by this …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Opt out option expected for religious insurers who oppose contraceptives  —  Washington (CNN) — Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: ‘I am more optimistic today’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said goodbye to the nation's diplomatic corps and aid workers on her last day on the job, and said she was more upbeat about the fate of the world than she had been at the start of her tenure.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
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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 …
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Alexis Simendinger / Real Clear Politics:
2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab Project  —  This summer there will be two Oval Offices in the White House complex, and it won't be a case of double vision.  —  In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Hannity Explodes After Being Confronted By ThinkProgress About Previous Offer To Be Waterboarded For Charity  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity is so adamant that waterboarding is not torture that he once offered to be waterboarded at a charity event and donate the proceeds to soldiers' families.
Julie Watson / bigstory.ap.org:
APNEWSBREAK: MARINES ISSUE SURVEY ON WOMEN'S ROLE  —  You are here  —  Home » James F. Amos » APNewsBreak: Marines issue survey on women's role  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine Corps survey found about 17 percent of male Marine respondents who planned to stay in the service …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Easy Problem  —  Over here in the department of punditry, we deal with a lot of hard issues, ones on which the evidence is mixed and the options are all bad.  But the immigration issue is a blessed relief.  On immigration, the evidence is overwhelming; the best way forward is clear.
Discussion: Balkinization and The Daily Dish
Energy.gov:
Letter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees Announcing His Decision Not to Serve a Second Term  —  U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu during an online town hall to discuss President Obama's clean energy and innovation agenda on January 11, 2011.  Photo by Charles Watkins, Contractor, Energy Department
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House adviser: Obama willing to cut Medicare, but not Medicaid  —  Sperling said the White House is no longer willing to make even the Medicaid cuts it had previously supported, but acknowledged that puts more pressure on Medicare.  —  “We are not willing to accept even the Medicaid savings …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Political Watch
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why Obama Is Giving Up on Right-Leaning Whites  —  For decades, Democrats shaped their policies around fears of the culturally conservative white voters to the GOP.  But Obama's winning coalition has altered that calculus.  —  With his suddenly aggressive second-term agenda …
Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source  —  * No time frame for national interest determination  —  The Obama administration's decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months …
Edmund Haislmaier / The Heritage Foundation:
Obamacare “Rebranded”  —  Text from http://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/ glossary.html  —  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), charged with implementing Obamacare, is running into a classic marketing problem: The dogs won't eat the dog food.  —  So HHS officials recently announced …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
 
 
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Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to retire
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Minnesota Legislature:
H.F. No. 243, as introduced - 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)
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Politico:
Secret donors back new Obamacare push
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12 …
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Americans Rip Up Retirement Plans
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Begich leads in GOP poll
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Globally bound, John Kerry first retraces, recalls roots
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