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10:15 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
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz's Bogus Attack on Hagel  —  Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) (R) as they and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) arrive for Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Goes After Hagel Over Al Jazeera Appearance (VIDEO)
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.
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
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes debt ceiling, no-budget no-pay bill
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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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Byron Tau / Politico:
RNC ends 2012 in the black  —  The Republican National Committee ended the 2012 presidential cycle in the black, the party announced Thursday.  —  The committee ended the year with $4.7 million in cash on hand, and raised $378 million over the last two years.
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign, DNC End Year in Debt
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
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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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
The Boston Globe:
GOP prods a hesitant Scott Brown to run for Senate  —  With time running short, Washington Republicans have begun a “full court press” to persuade an increasingly reluctant Scott Brown to run in the special election to replace John F. Kerry, say two leading Massachusetts GOP figures.
 
 
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Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist
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
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Cuts Some 500 Jobs, Biggest Layoffs in Years
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
Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Biden: New gun controls won't likely end shootings
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Swanson Predicts the Future: Homeschooled Children Will be Given to Pedophiles, Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake
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Assistant DA shot dead outside Texas courthouse
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
David Vitter takes flak for Marco Rubio comments
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
 

 
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