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12:55 PM ET, February 1, 2013

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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, 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 mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88.
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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.
Associated Press:
Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies at 88
Discussion: Mediaite and LewRockwell.com Blog
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Ed Koch's grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl's last words
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:
What's on My Tombstone, and Why
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Ed Koch Dies: Former New York City Mayor Dead at 88
Drew Brees / CBS News:
Schieffer: Hagel's nomination “may be in trouble”  —  (CBS News) White House officials told CBS' Major Garrett that they're disappointed with defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's performance at his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.  —  One of the most damaging exchanges during …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chuck Hagel was bad.  And it doesn't matter.  —  Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel was, at turns, halting, befuddled and, often, just plain bad during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense.  And it almost certainly won't keep him from becoming the next man to lead the Pentagon.
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ABCNEWS, The Reaction and Twitchy
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hagel was so bad ...  Chuck just stunk up Senate  —  'I've said many, many things over many, many years," said Chuck Hagel, the president's nominee for secretary of defense, in a Senate hearing yesterday.  He was trying, for the umpteenth time during his testimony, to explain away another of the many …
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:   Chuck Hagel's confirmation-day conversion
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.
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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Politico:
Obama administration changes contraception rules  —  After a year of controversy, the Obama administration has changed contraceptive health coverage requirements for religious institutions that pay for their own insurance and objected to the policy on moral grounds.
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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Jonathon Burch / Reuters:
Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Adds 157,000 Jobs  —  WASHINGTON—The job market plodded along in January, signaling slow economic growth to start the year.  —  Employers added 157,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday.  The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Clinton raps Benghazi critics  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.  She told The Associated Press that critics …
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Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Takes a Rest, How Weird Is That?
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
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.
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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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
“Gun Violence” And Still More Violence To The Truth At The Times  —  The NY Times is now fretting that focusing on the link between mental health and gun violence may not be “fair”.  What is striking is that when the Times opines on “gun violence” and the need for policies including …
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New York Times:
Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Begich leads in GOP poll  —  Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) leads a number of Republicans from the state in hypothetical matchups, according to new numbers from GOP pollster Harper Polling.  —  Begich leads Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) by 44 to 34 percent, and holds a gaping 52 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming Most Conservative States  —  Americans slightly less conservative, slightly more liberal  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Alabama, North Dakota, and Wyoming were the most conservative states in the union in 2012, with between 49% and 50% of residents in each identifying their ideology as conservative.
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Globally bound, John Kerry first retraces, recalls roots  —  He has already become known as “Mr. Secretary,” with a diplomatic security team and a motorcade that shuts down highways.  But John Forbes Kerry was officially still a United States senator Thursday, on a nostalgia tour through …
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Washington Post Co. explores the sale of its downtown headquarters
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Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief
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Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties
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