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12:15 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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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Ed Koch's grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl's last words
Benjamin Smith / New York Sun:
Mayor Koch, Self-Proclaimed ‘Liberal With Sanity’ Who Led New York From Fiscal Crisis, Is Dead at 88
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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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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, Hot Air and The Reaction
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
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Cruzed’! Senator Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs try to save Hagel, slam Cruz
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.
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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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 157,000 Jobs; Jobless Rate Edges Up to 7.9%
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boehner: Report shows Obama wrong to scrap president's jobs council
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
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
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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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.
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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