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10:40 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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Associated Press:
Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies at 88  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Koch's favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling.  —  Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge …
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
NY Daily News:
Ed Koch dead: Mayor who became a symbol of New York City passes away at 88
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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: Politico and ABCNEWS
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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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz's Bogus Attack on Hagel
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
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  —  (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street.  —  Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel …
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.
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.
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  —  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 …
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
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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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 …
ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign, DNC End Year in Debt  —  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee ended 2012 with large debts.  —  Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show Obama's campaign ended the year with $5.8 million in debt while his party's political arm, the DNC, owed $21.4 million.
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
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Byron Tau / Politico:
RNC ends 2012 in the black
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief  —  • A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boehner: Report shows Obama wrong to scrap president's jobs council  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the latest jobs report shows President Obama was wrong to close up his his jobs council.  —  “This is the wrong time for President Obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget …
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
‘Steven Tyler Act’ proposed in Hawaii  —  HONOLULU (AP) - More than two-thirds of Hawaii's state senators have signed onto a bill to protect celebrities from paparazzi, giving famous faces power to sue over unwanted beach photos and other snapshots on the islands.
 
 
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Opt out option expected for religious insurers who oppose contraceptives
Discussion: Hot Air
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist
The Boston Globe:
GOP prods a hesitant Scott Brown to run for Senate
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties
Discussion: New York Times and NBCNews.com
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Snort: Senators reportedly in ‘shock’ over Hagel's ineptitude, bumbling
Discussion: CNN and American Power
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Japan's ‘Cool Hand Luke’ moment for surface temperature
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Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Poll Finds Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol; Even More Think the Feds Should Let States Do So
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Swanson Predicts the Future: Homeschooled Children Will be Given to Pedophiles, Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake
Matt Goodman / KVUE-TV:
Assistant DA shot dead outside Texas courthouse
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
David Vitter takes flak for Marco Rubio comments
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Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour
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