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11:45 AM ET, February 2, 2013

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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Containing Hagel  —  You don't have to be that good to fend off a committee of showboating senatorial blowhards.  Hillary Clinton demonstrated that a week or so back when she unleashed what's apparently the last word in withering putdowns: What difference does it make?  —  Quite a bit of difference it seems.
Discussion: Power Line and Cold Fury
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mark Levin Explodes: 'The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Gov't — It's Called Barack Obama'  —  On his radio show last night, Mark Levin went off on President Obama's decision to send F-16 planes and tanks to assist President Mohamed Morsi's Egyptian government, calling the president a Muslim Brotherhood “sympathizer.”
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Any Profiles in Courage?
Discussion: TBogg
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun  —  This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun:  —  “President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza),” the caption reads.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and JustOneMinute
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Talking Points Memo:
Former First Dog Barney Bush Passes Away  —  The Bush family statement, via Reuters:
Reuters:
Video of protester stripped and beaten fires Egypt fury  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - After eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people, a video of one demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with truncheons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NBCNews.com
Twitter Blog:
Keeping our users secure  —  As you may have read, there's been a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at U.S. technology and media companies.  Within the last two weeks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have chronicled breaches of their systems …
Boston Globe:
Scott Brown will not run for US Senate  —  Scott Brown, who surprised the political world with his upset victory in the 2010 special election, announced Friday afternoon that he will not enter the special election to replace John F. Kerry.  —  “I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Brown Decides Against Massachusetts Senate Bid
Discussion: Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown is not running for Senate
Martin Fletcher / The Times:
Iran's space monkey triumph exposed as a fake … Iran enjoyed rare triumph on Monday — the successful launch of a monkey into space.  —  The regime proclaimed it as proof that Iranian scientists could match their Western counterparts, evidence that international sanctions were ineffectual, and a stepping stone to a manned flight.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Gawker and Running Chicken
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Antonio Villaraigosa rules out Ray LaHood's job  —  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa late Friday shot down speculation in California and Washington about his candidacy for an Obama Cabinet position — at least until the summer.  —  Villaraigosa for months has been the subject of buzz …
Discussion: CNN
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book … Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.  —  Corporate Intelligence reviewed preliminary galleys of Schmidt's new book, “The New Digital Age,” (Random House) which debuts in April.
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Jobless Recovery Continues Unabated  —  Economy: So the economy created 157,000 new payroll jobs in January.  Wow.  At this rate, we might actually get back down to Bush-era unemployment rates sometime, oh, within the next 100 years.  —  The January jobs report is supposed to be good news.
Rshibley / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
College President Personally Smacked with $50,000 Bill for Violating Constitution  —  There is great news for students from a Georgia jury today, as former Valdosta State University President Ronald Zaccari has been found liable for $50,000 in damages for unjustly kicking one of his students …
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money  —  A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was “religious in nature.”  —  JOIN TODD'S FAN PAGE FOR MORE CULTURE WAR STORIES.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
A Suspect Should Never Waive His Rights And Tell The Cops, “I Was Trying To Make The Horse Have A Baby.”  —  When it comes to post-arrest statements, the admissions made by a Texas man arrested for having sex with a horse are a good reminder why suspects should take advantage of their right to remain silent.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Mediaite
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Biden: Iran must be serious for US talks  —  Vice President Joe Biden underlined the United States' willingness to talk directly with Iran, but only so long as that government is willing to work toward a specific goal.  —  Biden said the Obama administration would not sit down with Iran …
Erick Erickson / Fox News:
Senate Democrats, please listen carefully to the New York Times  —  The editors of the New York Times often come across as school girls at a Justin Bieber concert when it comes to the Democrats.  Thursday, they upped their school girl skirt just a bit more for the Democrats.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Associated Press:
Ed Koch, three-term mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dead at 88  —  NEW YORK - Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday.
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: ‘I am more optimistic today’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said goodbye to the nation's diplomatic corps and aid workers on her last day on the job, and said she was more upbeat about the fate of the world than she had been at the start of her tenure.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
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New York Times:
Church Documents Released After Years of Resistance
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Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
GOP to Filibuster Obama's Consumer Watchdog Pick
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Democrats' Unconstitutional Gun Grab
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
SCANDAL-PLAGUED STEVE CAPUS OUT AS NBC NEWS PRESIDENT
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Disgraceful: Chris Matthews Smears John McCain as an ‘Angry’ Vietnam Vet Having a ‘Flashback’
emptywheel:
DOJ: We Can't Tell Which Secret Application of Section 215 Prevents Us From Telling You How You're Surveilled
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Pornography ‘Weakens our Resistance to the Communist Masters of Deceit’
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Path Social Networking App Settles FTC Charges it Deceived Consumers and Improperly Collected …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Easy Problem
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