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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 …
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
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 …
Drew Brees / CBS News:   Schieffer: Hagel's nomination “may be in trouble”
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mark Levin Explodes: 'The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Gov't — It's Called Barack Obama'
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edward I. Koch |  1924-2013: Edward I. Koch, Mayor as Brash as His City, Dies at 88  —  Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as New York's mayor with all the tenacity …
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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 …
Reuters:
Ed Koch, New York's colorful longtime former mayor, dies
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:
What's on My Tombstone, and Why
Discussion: Capital New York
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 …
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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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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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 …
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, Weasel Zippers and Politico
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 …
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.
Lee Fang / The Nation:
Meet Jason Rapert, the Koch-Backed Evangelical Steering Arkansas's Radical Abortion-Restriction Effort  —  On Wednesday, the Arkansas legislature lurched forward with a radical measure to ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected within six weeks of a pregnancy …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Lawmaker Behind Abortion Ban: 'We're Not Going To Allow Minorities To Run Roughshod'
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
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: BuzzFeed, Gawker and Running Chicken
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 …
 
 
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emptywheel:
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Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
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Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
My Valuable, Cheap College Degree
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Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
Path Social Networking App Settles FTC Charges it Deceived Consumers and Improperly Collected …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to retire
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Edmund Haislmaier / The Heritage Foundation:
Obamacare “Rebranded”
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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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Lauren Weber / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Rip Up Retirement Plans
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Via Meadia
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Begich leads in GOP poll
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