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2:25 PM ET, February 5, 2013

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Michael Isikoff / NBCNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans  —  Tribesmen examine the rubble of a building in southeastern Yemen where American teenagerAbdulrahmen al-Awlaki and six suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Oct. 14, 2011.
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New York Times:
Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizens in Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if “an informed, high-level official” of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in Al Qaeda who posed …
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
Your government can kill you if...  A Justice Department …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
emptywheel:
This Isn't the Memo You're Looking For
Discussion: Secrecy News and Firedoglake
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. document justifies killing Americans overseas if they pose ‘imminent threat’
Discussion: Politico and AEIdeas
Politico:
Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP  —  House Republicans haven't settled on an agenda yet, but Majority Leader Eric Cantor is ready to rebrand the party.  —  The Virginia Republican is a metaphor for a GOP conference that is trying to modernize on the fly after a disappointing 2012 election …
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CNN:
Cantor says background checks a possibility
Discussion: Politico and The Plum Line
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Democrats Slam Republicans Over Opposition To The Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:   Paul Ryan's new path to power
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's posterior again the subject of a public rant  —  They're at it again.  —  The latest public rant against Michelle Obama's effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Port Deal Pushed by Menendez Could Benefit Former Aide, Not Just a Major Donor  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — It turns out that the lucrative port security contract pushed by Senator Robert Menendez would enrich more than just a major benefactor.  —  The contract could also benefit …
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Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Menendez Dilemma  —  Prostitution is both legal and widespread in the Dominican Republic, where as many as 100,000 women are part of the industry in a nation that has become a major sex-tourism hotspot of the Caribbean.  So it would not be a crime for Sen. Robert Menendez to have availed himself …
Facebook:
Ron Paul  · 1,118,166 like this  —  As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend's violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event.  My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle's family.  Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences.
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Justin McCurry / Guardian:
North Korea video shows US city in flames after missile attack  —  YouTube video shows city ablaze in scenes reminiscent of 9/11, as South Korea claims nuclear test imminent in Pyongyang  —  It begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man …
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing  —  Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who at times lit up social media as well as the president's addresses, is leaving.  —  President Obama and his head speechwriter, Jon Favreau, work in the Oval Office.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Disgusting Consequences of Plastic-Bag Bans  —  Conservatives often point out that laws, no matter how benign they may appear, have unintended consequences.  They can reverberate in ways that not many people foresaw and nobody wanted: Raising the minimum wage can increase unemployment; prohibition can create black markets.
Discussion: Power Line and TheBlaze.com
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Eight Senators Vote To Block Violence Against Women Act  —  Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence.  The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Static at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty  —  In the past few months Vladimir Putin has terminated the work in Russia of the U.S. Agency for International Development, ended American adoptions of Russian children and, most damagingly, drastically reduced the audience and credibility …
Jason Koebler / US News:
Study: Global Warming Can Be Slowed By Working Less  —  A new analysis suggests that a more ‘European’ schedule would reduce the effects of climate change  —  Want to reduce the effects of global warming?  Stop working so hard.  Working fewer hours might help slow global warming …
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's ObamaCare Flippers  —  How the law's perverse incentives—and the health lobby—captured Arizona's Governor.  —  As D-Day looms for ObamaCare, one big question is how many states will sign up for its Medicaid expansion.  The recent and spectacular flip-flop of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer …
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
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and NBCNews.com
David Mitchell / KDVR.com:
7-year-old playing an imaginary game at school gets suspended for real  —  LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.  —  The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world.  But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.
Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Debuts New Website  —  Hillary Clinton appears to have a new website.  So far, hillaryclintonoffice.com has a picture of the former secretary of state and a form for contacting her.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
HHS begins purge of ‘excessively burdensome’ healthcare rules  —  The Obama administration is proposing to reform existing healthcare regulations and purge unnecessary ones, a move that it says would save $3.4 billion over five years.  —  The Department of Health and Human Services has rolled …
Discussion: National Review
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House GOP thinks unthinkable on defense cuts  —  The Republican mantra for decades has been: cut NPR, EPA and the National Endowment for the Arts.  —  Now add the Pentagon to the list.  —  In the modern history of the Republican Party, it would have been unthinkable.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
DealBook:
Dell in $24 Billion Deal to Go Private  —  Updated  —  Dell announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to go private in a $24.4 billion deal led by its founder and the investment firm Silver Lake, in the biggest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis.  —  Under the terms of the deal …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
David Horowitz: How Republicans can win  —  I've known David Horowitz for more than 20 years, from the time he came through town with Peter Collier talking about their invaluable book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties.  As Jay Nordlinger has written …
Discussion: neo-neocon
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
A revolution in the works?  Column  —  But if there's an upside to the increasing unhappiness that most Americans feel toward the political class, it's that maybe it means people are paying closer attention.  —  Americans are out of sorts, and increasingly they're unhappy with the government.
 
 
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How the NRA Is Helping to Pass Gun Control
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ICE ex-chief: Nondeport rules would've spared 9/11 hijackers
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