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3:25 PM ET, February 4, 2013

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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Tagg, you're it for GOP Senate hopes  —  Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.  —  Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since …
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Tagg Romney for Senate? No Way, Sources Say
Discussion: msnbc.com, Mediaite, Politico and Roll Call
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Weld decides against Mass. Senate run, further thinning GOP field
Discussion: CNN
Richard III / BBC:
Car park skeleton is Richard III  —  The skeleton is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ the remains of Richard III  —  A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.  —  Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch's family.
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Eliza Mackintosh / Washington Post:
Remains of King Richard III identified
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III
Discussion: The Week
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Skeleton found in car park is that of Richard III - as it happened
David Nather / Politico:
John Kasich becomes Obamacare's biggest red-state catch  —  One of the most conservative governors in the country just caved to President Barack Obama.  —  Gov. John Kasich of Ohio announced Monday that he's going to expand Medicaid drastically under Obama's health care law …
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CNN:
President to push immigration reform at White House meeting Tuesday
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:   House GOP criticizes president for missing budget deadline
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jindal: 2016 presidential aspirants need ‘head examined’  —  “Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I've said, needs to get their head examined,” Jindal told “Fox and Friends.”  “And the reason I say that is, we've lost two presidential elections …
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bobby Jindal to 2016 hopefuls: Get your heads examined
Discussion: Althouse
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Stupid’ for Jindal to warn GOP to ‘stop being the stupid party’
Discussion: The Raw Story, AMERICAblog and The Week
Kyle Olson / EAGnews.org:
Texas 6th graders design flags for a new socialist nation  —  EAGnews.org  —  AUSTIN - You know America's changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools.  —  According to the website txcscopereview.com, a lesson plan for 6th graders in government schools reads as follows:
Energy.gov:
Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront  —  New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on the building's exterior.  The system uses only 10 kilowatts of electricity, equivalent to powering a small home.  Photo courtesy of SMG.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Donald Trump to sue Bill Maher after bet feud  —  'I don't think he was joking.  He said it with venom,' Trump said of Maher.  Reuters  —  Close  —  Donald Trump said Monday that he's suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.”
Discussion: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
HookerGate: Miami Herald Confirms Elements of Menendez Prostitute Story  —  The shadowy (and probably pseudonymous) tipster “Peter Williams” gave specific details about the prostitutes who were allegedly provided to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez in the Dominican Republic.
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The Daily Caller:
In Menendez saga, prostitute fingers wealthy Dominican politician as sex-party participant
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks  —  Julie Jacobson/AP - A Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle is seen on display at the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 9.  Super WiFi networks would allow for a driverless car to talk to another car a mile away.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
The Other GOP Plan To Blow Up The Electoral Vote  —  GOP efforts to rig the Electoral College in favor of GOP presidential candidates may be close to dead, but a group of Republicans are hard at work at another plot to blow up the system: switch to the popular vote.
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Lee Enterprises / host.madison.com:
On the Capitol: Don't mess with state's electoral setup, Paul Ryan says
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Friends of Fraud  —  Like many advocates of financial reform, I was a bit disappointed in the bill that finally emerged.  Dodd-Frank gave regulators the power to rein in many financial excesses; but it was and is less clear that future regulators will use that power.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up  —  FELLOWS, Calif. — Secure in this state's history and mythology, the venerable Midway-Sunset oil field near here keeps producing crude more than a century after Southern California's oil boom.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project  —  American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions.  Thank God they are behind this.
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Chuck Hagel's Defenseless Performance  —  Nothing could have harmed the nominee for secretary of defense more than his own confirmation answers.  —  It shouldn't have been surprising that the Senate hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense ended up shedding light …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama must face the rise of the robots  —  Technology will leave a large chunk of the US labour force in the lurch  —  Early in his first term Barack Obama joked that he would “keep an eye on the robots in case they try anything”.  He should have known resistance is futile.
Discussion: Via Meadia, AEIdeas, Quartz and ParaPundit
Howard Kurtz / CNN:
Obama, Gore, stop whining about right-wing media  —  Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's “Reliable Sources” and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief.  He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.  —  (CNN) — I never realized that the conservative media were so eye-poppingly powerful.
Discussion: Media Decoder and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Senate to Move on Gun Control  —  Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Carney: Obama never ‘pretended’ he grew up as an avid hunter
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Low Rates Force Companies to Pour Cash Into Pensions
Discussion: Via Meadia
City Journal:
Hail Columbia!  —  The Washington, D.C., region has long …
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Disgusting: Ron Paul attacks murder victim, war hero Chris Kyle; Updated
Melinda Beck / Wall Street Journal:
Battles Erupt Over Filling Doctors' Shoes
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Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Why Police Lie Under Oath
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Mom Saw Her Sons ‘Killed Before Her’ in Double Murder-Suicide, Boynton Police Say
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Gerrymandering is not what's wrong with American politics
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Levin raises just $13K, putting his 2014 plans in question
CBS News:
FENDFERYERSELF says:  —  the first two words out of his mouth are …
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Christopher Collins- / Examiner:
Newtown father: 'You'll have to take my guns from my cold dead hands'
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Cuccinelli comes a'courting — Bolling
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