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11:15 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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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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
DOJ white paper lays legal basis for drones targeting US citizens
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Deb Fischer The Only Female Senator Not Cosponsoring VAWA (UPDATE)  —  Video, Deb Fischer, Deb Fischer Vawa, Deb Fischer Violence Against Women Act, World Elections In 2013, Vawa, Vawa Reauthorization, Violence Against Women Act, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — When the Senate votes Monday …
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Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Cruz 0-for-11 in Senate and proud of it
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 …
 
 
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House GOP thinks unthinkable on defense cuts
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