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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
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA nominee John Brennan to face tough questions in Senate
Discussion: Gothamist
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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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.
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 …
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
STRANGE STEWARDESS: PHOTO EMERGES OF MYSTERY MELGEN-MENENDEZ WOMAN
Discussion: The Other McCain
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Svitlana Buchyk: Mystery Woman in Menendez HookerGate Scandal
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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Politico:   Paul Ryan's new path to power
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Republicans To Introduce New Election-Rigging Plan … Last month, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called up “states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red” to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are allocated.
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
EIA:
U.S. household expenditures for gasoline account for nearly 4% of pretax income  —  Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.  —  Republished: February 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m.: To correct an error in the text.  —  Gasoline expenditures in 2012 for the average U.S. household reached $2,912 …
Michèle A. Flournoy / Wall Street Journal:
The Right Way to Cut Pentagon Spending  —  The U.S. has an abysmal record of postwar drawdowns that undermine military readiness and modernization.  —  Whether or not Congress avoids sequestration by March 1, defense spending will likely be cut by at least 10% over the next decade.
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 …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
Darleen / protein wisdom:
“It's who they are ...” [Darleen Click]  —  “... it's what they do,” to quote Jeff.  —  Indefensible wealth.  Think of all the envy, coveting, self-hate, and downright misanthropy wrapped up in that one little phrase.  —  Really, the core “value” of the Left.  —  h/t Twitchy
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Jeb Bush says yes to CPAC  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will speak for the first time at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a regular stop for Republican presidential hopefuls.  —  The move is a sign that Bush is seeking a more public role within the GOP …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Progressive group launches ad attacking McConnell on gun control
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Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Judge who shoved deputy found not guilty by reason of insanity
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House GOP thinks unthinkable on defense cuts
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