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Ron Paul  · 1,118,198 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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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 …
Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
Disgusting: Ron Paul attacks murder victim, war hero Chris Kyle; Updated
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.
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
STRANGE STEWARDESS: PHOTO EMERGES OF MYSTERY MELGEN-MENENDEZ WOMAN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Robert Menendez denies prostitute ‘smears’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Menendez blasts prostitution ‘smears’ as ‘absolutely false’
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Woman denies knowing Menendez
Discussion: FITSNews, CNN and Viral Read
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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New York Times:
Boy, 5, Is Safe After Alabama Hostage Standoff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gio Benitez / ABCNEWS:
Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends: Jimmy Lee Dykes Dead, Child Safe After Secret Surveillance
Discussion: NY Daily News and CNN
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
BBC:
Reconstructed face of Richard III  —  The reconstruction was revealed earlier for the first time  —  A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked.  —  A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king.
Discussion: Truthdig and AMERICAN DIGEST
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Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
DNA confirms bones belong to Richard III
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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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.
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 …
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama pushes immigration reform with CEOs, labor leaders
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama Comes to Minneapolis  —  President Obama passed through Minneapolis today to push his gun control agenda.  He met with local law enforcement officers, and delivered a photo-op speech in front of a backdrop of uniformed law enforcement personnel.  The speech, while brief, was marked by Obama's trademark incoherence.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Tones Down Gun Plans
Discussion: Mediaite and Guardian
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: First Read, Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Sue S&P Over Ratings  —  Justice Department Says Endorsements of Risky Mortgage Bonds Fueled Crisis  —  The Justice Department is expected to sue Standard & Poor's Ratings Services as soon as Tuesday, alleging the firm ignored its own standards to rate mortgage bonds that imploded …
Paul Campos / Salon:
Student loans: The next housing bubble  —  College students accrue hundreds of thousands in debt with little hope of paying it back.  It's a cruel game  —  The American system of higher education is increasingly becoming a fiscal disaster for ever-larger numbers of students who move through it.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
 
 
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