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10:10 AM 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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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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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: RAND PAUL RESPONDS TO RON: ‘CHRIS KYLE WAS A HERO’  —  In the aftermath of Ron Paul's despicable tweet today slamming US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, murdered on Saturday while helping a fellow soldier learn to cope with post traumatic stress syndrome, Paul's son, Senator Rand Paul …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and The Hill
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
STRANGE STEWARDESS: PHOTO EMERGES OF MYSTERY MELGEN-MENENDEZ WOMAN  —  Breitbart News has uncovered a photograph of a Russian woman exiting what looks like wealthy Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen's plane.  —  The original source of the scandal surrounding Melgen and New Jersey Democratic …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
McCain Opposes Filibuster Over Hagel
Discussion: First Read
Brandon Friedman / TIME:
Just Who Do They Represent: At Hagel Hearing, Concern for Israel Tops U.S. Troops in Combat
CNN:
Bunker gunman dead, hostage safe  —  Midland City, Alabama (CNN) — A 5-year-old child abducted from an Alabama school bus six days ago is safe and his kidnapper is dead, according to a law enforcement official.  —  The child appeared to be OK emerging from the ordeal Monday afternoon, the official said.
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Gio Benitez / ABCNEWS:
Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends: Jimmy Lee Dykes Dead, Child Safe After Secret Surveillance
Discussion: NY Daily News
New York Times:
Boy, 5, Is Safe After Alabama Hostage Standoff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
USA Today:
USA TODAY survey: More Republicans in Congress own guns  —  THE GUNS OF CONGRESS  —  USA TODAY and the Gannett Washington Bureau asked every member of Congress whether they own a gun.  A summary of their responses:  —  Source: Notes: Includes some lawmakers who did not respond to survey …
Discussion: The Hill
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama Comes to Minneapolis
Fox News:
Obama tries to undercut NRA in gun control debate
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Kerry Healey, Tagg Romney: We're not running for Senate  —  Tagg Romney and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey became the latest big-name Republicans to rule themselves out of the special Senate election today.  —  “I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Brown's bowing out clears path to future
Discussion: Cold Fury and Daily Pundit
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops Say Road Rage Incident Was Prompted By Suspect's “Impeach Obama” Bumper Sticker  —  Paul Guaschino was driving Friday when a fellow motorist spotted an “Impeach Obama” bumper sticker on the 62-year-old Connecticut resident's vehicle.  —  According to cops, the other driver apparently …
Politico:
Paul Ryan's new path to power  —  Paul Ryan feels pinched by competing paths to power.  —  His friends tell us the most obvious route — a run for the White House in 2016 — holds less appeal to him with each passing day.  “He has no interest in the sheer grind of campaigning,” said a conservative who recently spent time with Ryan.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds investigating finances of former Ald.  Sandi Jackson: sources  —  Former Ald.  Sandi Jackson in December.  File I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times  —  A federal financial probe of the once-politically powerful Jesse and Sandi Jackson has evolved into two separate investigations …
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Cruz 0-for-11 in Senate and proud of it  —  Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been on the losing side of every vote the Senate has taken in his young career — the only senator who can claim that distinction, boosting his anti-establishment credentials and earning him rave reviews from grass-roots conservatives.
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Deb Fischer The Only Female Senator Not Cosponsoring VAWA (UPDATE)
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Party Eyes ‘Red-State Model’ to Drive Republican Revival  —  TOPEKA, Kan.—Even if he doesn't enter the race himself, this state's Republican governor, Sam Brownback, is determined to play a starring role in the next presidential election.  —  How?  By turning Kansas into what he calls Exhibit …
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 …
Fran Tarkenton / USA Today:
Mickelson was right on taxes  —  Citizens are right to complain about high taxes.  It hurts job creators and the little guy.  —  Pro golfer Phil Mickelson has gotten a lot of flak for his recent comments about threatening to make “drastic changes” in his life due to state and federal tax increases.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Voter Waiting Time Disparities Draw Democrats' Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — With studies suggesting that long lines at the polls cost Democrats hundreds of thousands of votes in November, party leaders are beginning a push to make voting and voter registration easier, setting up a likely …
Discussion: emptywheel and msnbc.com
 
 
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