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6:50 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
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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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
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 …
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
Eliza Mackintosh / Washington Post:
Remains of King Richard III identified
Discussion: Mashable! and Althouse
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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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:
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
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Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Chuck Hagel's Defenseless Performance
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.
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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
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Post Politics
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)  —  Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., raised just more than $11,000 in the last three months of 2012 — a paltry total for any incumbent preparing to seek re-election.
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
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
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, Quartz, AEIdeas and ParaPundit
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hispanics' Approval of Obama 70%, Up 12 Pts.  Since August  —  Approval up seven percentage points among all adults in same time span  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In January, 70% of Hispanics approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, down slightly from 75% in December.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
 
 
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Obama kicks off gun control campaign
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DealBook:
U.S. and States Prepare to Sue S.&P. Over Mortgage Ratings
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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
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Wall Street Journal:
Low Rates Force Companies to Pour Cash Into Pensions
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Melinda Beck / Wall Street Journal:
Battles Erupt Over Filling Doctors' Shoes
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Trump: ‘Stupid’ for Jindal to warn GOP to ‘stop being the stupid party’
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Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up
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