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7:20 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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Talking Points Memo:
Tagg Romney On Senate Run: “Timing Is Not Right With Me'
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Why Ron Paul's Twitter Is Getting A Little More Interesting  —  The former great libertarian hope has started running his own Twitter feed since he left office.  —  Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been attracting negative attention all day for a tweet he sent Monday morning regarding the death …
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Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
Disgusting: Ron Paul attacks murder victim, war hero Chris Kyle; Updated  —  We know former Rep. Ron Paul has some wacky ideas about national defense and foreign policy, but this is truly beyond the pale even for him. … Related:  —  Twisted ghouls descend on murder victim, American hero Chris Kyle
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Former congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul tweeted a startling reaction to the death of SEAL sniper Chris Kyle on Monday: … The former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh, turned his weapon on the other two men and shot them at close range, according to news accounts.
CNN:
Woman denies being a prostitute, meeting Menendez  —  (CNN) - A woman accused of being a prostitute involved with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez denied those claims in a Spanish-language interview released Monday.  —  The woman, identified as 21-year-old Yaneisi Fernandez, says she's never met Menendez or worked as a prostitute.
Discussion: The Hill
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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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Woman denies knowing Menendez
Discussion: Viral Read
The Daily Caller:
In Menendez saga, prostitute fingers wealthy Dominican politician as sex-party participant
David Nather / Politico:
Kasich's Obamacare flip burns conservatives  —  Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states.  —  But one of their best hopes just caved.  —  John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he's …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
John Kasich Accepts Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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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Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
DNA confirms bones belong to Richard III
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Tones Down Gun Plans  —  In a speech in Minneapolis, the president lowers expectations for an assault weapons ban.  “We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something.”  —  President Barack Obama visits Minneapolis, Minnesota, to rally support from the public …
Discussion: Mediaite and Guardian
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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:
Reuters:
Insight: Electric cars head toward another dead end  —  (Reuters) - Are electric cars running out of juice again?  —  Recent moves by Japan's two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time - and may never be.
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Karen Tumulty / She The People:
Janet Napolitano: A woman to watch for 2016  —  So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn't run in 2016?  —  It is hard to imagine the presidential field without a woman contender, and here's one to keep your eye on: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
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.”
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Calls John McCain Racist For Ahmadinejad Monkey Joke  —  A Twitter quip falls very flat.  —  Senator John McCain's joke comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the monkey that Iran claimed it sent into space earned him a scolding from a fellow Republican, Michigan Congressman Justin Amash.
Discussion: Wonkette and Truthdig
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.
Brandon Friedman / TIME:
Just Who Do They Represent: At Hagel Hearing, Concern for Israel Tops U.S. Troops in Combat  —  When Senator Mike Lee took his turn to cross-examine defense-secretary nominee Chuck Hagel during last Thursday's confirmation hearing, he expressed considerable concern for Israel's security.
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
Natasha Singer / NBC News:
Why the AR-15 is most-wanted gun in America  —  'It's kind of fashionable ... the young generation likes them, the assault-looking guns'  —  Below:  —  Latest market data  —  PASADENA, Md. — The phone rings again at Pasadena Pawn and Gun, and a familiar question comes down the line: “Got any ARs?”
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 …
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.
myfoxny.com:
Argentina freezes prices to break inflation spiral  —  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation.  —  The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation's largest supermarkets …
Discussion: Babalú Blog and The PJ Tatler
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
New Jersey: Lautenberg Raised $11,000 in 4th Quarter of 2012  —  Lautenberg raised about $11,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)  —  Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg raised just more than $11,000 in the final three months of 2012 — a paltry total for any incumbent preparing to seek re-election.
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.
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Don't filibuster Hagel  —  Sen. John McCain appears to have cleared the way Monday for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.  —  The Arizona Republican, who has been a prominent voice in the debate over Hagel, said Monday he would oppose any attempt to filibuster the nomination …
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.
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hispanics' Approval of Obama 70%, Up 12 Pts. Since August
Discussion: Politico and CNN
DealBook:
U.S. and States Prepare to Sue S.&P. Over Mortgage Ratings
Discussion: The Week
Scott DiSavino / Reuters:
Arizona sues U.S. EPA over coal power plant emissions
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Why gun control faces an uphill battle in the Senate
Discussion: The Fix and American Power
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
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Why Police Lie Under Oath
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CBS News:
FENDFERYERSELF says:  —  the first two words out of his mouth are …
Discussion: DealBook, Daily Kos, Firedoglake and ABCNEWS
Christopher Collins- / Examiner:
Newtown father: 'You'll have to take my guns from my cold dead hands'
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama must face the rise of the robots
Discussion: Via Meadia, Quartz, AEIdeas and ParaPundit
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
The Other GOP Plan To Blow Up The Electoral Vote
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