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2:25 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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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 …
Associated Press:
Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies at 88
Discussion: Mediaite and LewRockwell.com Blog
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:
What's on My Tombstone, and Why
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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David Weigel / Slate:
The Hagel Vote: Counting to 51 or Counting to 60?  —  Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) takes his seat as he arrives at his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Defense before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chuck Hagel was bad. And it doesn't matter.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hagel was so bad ...  Chuck just stunk up Senate
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
Chuck Hagel's confirmation-day conversion
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
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  —  For the second time in a year, the Obama administration has backtracked on its requirement to make religious institutions pay for contraception.  —  A new policy announced Friday further expanded the exemption to Obamacare …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The White House's contraceptives compromise
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
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu to resign
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
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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The Boston Globe:
GOP prods a hesitant Scott Brown to run for Senate
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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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12 …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsHounds blog
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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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.
Lauren Weber / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Rip Up Retirement Plans  —  Nearly Two-Thirds of Those Between 45 and 60 Plan Delays, a Steep Rise From Two Years Ago  —  Matt Stern, 51, a former hedge-fund analyst, says he may have to rethink retirement.  He had expected to be able to retire at 62.  —  The American workplace is about to get grayer.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Via Meadia
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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Lawmaker Behind Abortion Ban: 'We're Not Going To Allow Minorities To Run Roughshod' … On Wednesday, the Arkansas Senate approved an unconstitutional bill to ban abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.  As The Nation's Lee Fang noted Friday, this is part of a larger strategy …
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Democrats Achieve 60 Votes For Violence Against Women Act
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Alexis Simendinger / Real Clear Politics:
2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab Project
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Gay rights group endorses Quinn
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Study Puts ‘Cost’ to Landing Embassy Post
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Globally bound, John Kerry first retraces, recalls roots
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