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9:25 AM ET, February 6, 2013

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New York Times:
With Brennan Pick, a Light on Drone Strikes' Hazards  —  SANA, Yemen — Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.  —  It was a brave gesture by a father of seven …
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
White House, Congress square off over Justice Dept. rules for drone strikes  —  Lawmakers squared off with the Obama administration Tuesday after the inadvertent leak of a sensitive Justice Department memorandum defending the White House's right to order armed drone strikes potentially against U.S. citizens.
Washington Post:
Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base  —  President Obama's plan to install his counterterrorism adviser as director of the CIA has opened the administration to new scrutiny over the targeted-killing policies it has fought to keep hidden from the public …
CBO's Publications:
The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023  —  Economic growth will remain slow this year but is expected to speed up next year.  Even so, CBO projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 7.5 percent through 2014.  —  Read the report  —  Macroeconomic Effects of Alternative Budgetary Paths
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Postal Service to halt Saturday mail delivery  —  The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it would discontinue mail delivery on Saturday but still continue to deliver packages six days per week, according to the Associated Press.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), hailed the decision …
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CBS News:
USPS to announce Saturday service cuts in effort to slash costs  —  (CBS News) Get ready for some big changes in your mail service.  After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that the Postal Service intends to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail …
Discussion: Hot Air
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Widely Support Immigration Reform Proposals  —  Greatest support for employers' verifying new hires' legal status  —  PRINCETON, NJ — At least two-thirds of Americans favor each of five specific measures designed to address immigration issues — ranging from 68% who would vote …
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration  —  Public approval of Barack Obama's handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control.
Associated Press:
Obama Sequestration Request Calling For Short-Term Budget Fix To Delay Automatic Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1.
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Fox News Insider:
TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Asks Congress to Avoid Sequestration Cuts, Says 'We Can't Just Cut Our Way to Prosperity'
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama calls on Congress to pass spending cuts, tax changes to delay sequester
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dick Morris out at Fox News  —  Fox News has decided not to renew its contract with political commentator and pollster Dick Morris, an industry official tells POLITICO's Mike Allen.  —  Morris, who was on contract with Fox News throughout the 2012 presidential campaign …
Politico:
Embattled Scott plans $100M campaign vs. Crist  —  Rick Scott is preparing to defend the Florida governorship with the most expensive reelection campaign in state history, drawing up plans for a battleship-sized political operation aimed at overcoming the Republican's deep personal unpopularity.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
NRA Endorsement Actually A Curse For Candidates, Poll Finds  —  Endorsements from the National Rifle Association might be doing political candidates more harm than good, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.  —  In a national survey, 39 percent of voters said that they are less likely …
Discussion: Public Policy Polling
CNN:
Hagel approval all but certain  —  Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned there are now at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, all but ensuring the embattled nominee will be confirmed in the coming days.
Ben Hartman / Jerusalem Post:
WATCH: TA marks space handicapped and tows car  —  Security cameras show Tel Aviv municipality workers painting handicapped markings around parked vehicle and then towing it.  —  The Tel Aviv municipality found itself in hot water on Tuesday, after a Facebook post by a woman whose car …
Steve Deace / Politico:
How to beat Karl Rove at his own game  —  Karl Rove was once known as the “architect” but now a more appropriate nickname might be “demolition man.”  —  Give Rove credit for one thing.  He knows how to coalesce the conservative movement.  He was the master strategist credited with getting …
Discussion: CNN, americanthinker.com and msnbc.com
Jason Koebler / US News:
City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation  —  Resolution bans all municipal agencies from buying or leasing drones  —  Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.  —  The resolution, passed Monday …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Declines Medicaid Expansion  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced Tuesday that his state will turn down the Medicaid expansion, becoming the first governor of a blue state to officially say no to the coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court made optional.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Pew Internet:
Coming and Going on Facebook  —  Key Findings  —  Two-thirds of online American adults (67%) are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site in this country.1 And new findings from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project indicate there is considerable fluidity in the Facebook user population:
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Christie on weight: ‘Of course I care’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talked about struggles with his weight on Tuesday, saying his doctor has warned him that his “luck is going to run out relatively soon” but that it doesn't affect his ability to run the Garden State.
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and ABCNEWS
Joel Griffith / BREITBART.COM:
KRUGMAN: U.S. NEEDS DEATH PANELS, SALES TAXES  —  Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week.  During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt.
Geoffrey Dickens / Author Feed:
ABC, CBS, NBC Slant 8 to 1 for Obama's Gun Control Crusade  —  At next week's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama is likely to continue his ongoing push for more gun control.  It's a push first spurred on by Obama's gun control allies in the liberal media.
Janet Lorin / Bloomberg:
Yale Suing Former Students Shows Crisis in Loans to Poor  —  Needy U.S. borrowers are defaulting on almost $1 billion in federal student loans earmarked for the poor, leaving schools such as Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania with little choice except to sue their graduates.
Discussion: Truthdig and The Daily Caller
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Brown on Perry's ad: ‘Barely a fart’  —  Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry's attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.”  —  “It's not a serious story, guys,” the Californian Democrat told reporters at a business event …
Discussion: First Read, Twitchy and Capitol Alert
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Vine changes age rating to 17+ after porn controversy  —  Vine, the video-sharing app recently released by Twitter, now requires users to confirm that they are 17 or over.  The move comes after Vine ran into a storm of controversy over adult content just after launch, with hardcore pornography showing …
Discussion: BBC, TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens
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Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses
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