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3:25 AM ET, February 2, 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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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 …
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 …
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
Boston Globe:
Scott Brown will not run for US Senate  —  Scott Brown, who surprised the political world with his upset victory in the 2010 special election, announced Friday afternoon that he will not enter the special election to replace John F. Kerry.  —  “I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Brown Decides Against Massachusetts Senate Bid
Discussion: Hot Air, The Maddow Blog and The Fix
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown is not running for Senate
Discussion: msnbc.com
Twitter Blog:
Keeping our users secure  —  As you may have read, there's been a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at U.S. technology and media companies.  Within the last two weeks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have chronicled breaches of their systems …
Associated Press:
Ed Koch, three-term mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dead at 88  —  NEW YORK - Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday.
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Ed Koch's grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl's last words
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, ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
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Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Interview: Axelrod on Hillary Clinton's Political Prospects
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Pro-Life Groups Blast Revisions to Obama Abortion-HHS Mandate  —  Leading pro-life groups don't have much good to say about the proposed changes the HHS department announced today to the Obamacare mandate that forces religious groups and religiously-run companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs.
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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 …
Talking Points Memo:
Former First Dog Barney Bush Passes Away  —  The Bush family statement, via Reuters:
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Democrats' Unconstitutional Gun Grab  —  It's not just Washington: all across the country, the Democratic Party is trying to rob firearm owners of their constitutional rights.  Here in Minnesota, the Democrats took control of both houses of the legislature in November …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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Minnesota Legislature:
H.F. No. 243, as introduced - 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters blogs:
Disgraceful: Chris Matthews Smears John McCain as an ‘Angry’ Vietnam Vet Having a ‘Flashback’  —  Liberal anchor Chris Matthews on Friday stooped to the lowest level, smearing John McCain as an “angry” Vietnam veteran who is having a “flashback.”  Resorting to the cheapest of stereotypes …
Martin Fletcher / The Times:
Iran's space monkey triumph exposed as a fake … Iran enjoyed rare triumph on Monday — the successful launch of a monkey into space.  —  The regime proclaimed it as proof that Iranian scientists could match their Western counterparts, evidence that international sanctions were ineffectual, and a stepping stone to a manned flight.
Discussion: Gawker, BuzzFeed and Running Chicken
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
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book … Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.  —  Corporate Intelligence reviewed preliminary galleys of Schmidt's new book, “The New Digital Age,” (Random House) which debuts in April.
Discussion: Business Insider
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, Weasel Zippers and Politico
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 …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
A Suspect Should Never Waive His Rights And Tell The Cops, “I Was Trying To Make The Horse Have A Baby.”  —  When it comes to post-arrest statements, the admissions made by a Texas man arrested for having sex with a horse are a good reminder why suspects should take advantage of their right to remain silent.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Mediaite
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 …
BBC:
Google settles French newspaper links dispute  —  Eric Schmidt had said meeting the French media's original demand would threaten Google's existence  —  Google has agreed to create a 60m euro ($82m; £52m) fund to help French media organisations improve their internet operations.
Discussion: Techdirt, The Verge and Samizdata
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
 
 
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