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4:55 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
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obama Targeted Killing Document: If We Do It, It's Not Illegal
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Are Upset That Obama Is Giving Remarks At The Same Time As Eric Cantor's Speech  —  GOP officials take to Twitter to voice their discontent.  —  Image by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Republican aides are calling out the White House for scheduling President …
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Politico:
Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Obama To Visit Israel In Spring
CNN:
Cantor says background checks a possibility
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politico
The Hill:
Text of Cantor's speech
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner throws cold water on Obama sequester plan  —  Speaker John Boehner is signaling he will not accept revenue increases that President Barack Obama is expected to propose to delay the automatic spending cuts that take hold at the beginning of March.
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
CBO Sees Rising U.S. Debt, Economic Rebound in 2014
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $845B budget deficit for 2013
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
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.
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: TheBlaze.com, Power Line and Guardian
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage - politics live blog  —  Sort by:  —  8.03pm GMT  —  The carry over motion was passed by 464 to 38 - a majority of 426.  —  All the votes related to the gay marriage bill are now over.  —  8.01pm GMT  —  Here's a pro-Cameron take on the result.
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BBC:
Commons backs gay marriage bill
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.
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 …
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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Frances Robles / New York Times:
Port Deal Pushed by Menendez Could Benefit Former Aide, Not Just a Major Donor
New York Times:
Bulgaria Implicates Hezbollah in Deadly Israeli Bus Blast  —  SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Bulgarian government said on Tuesday that two of the people behind a deadly bombing attack that targeted an Israeli tour bus six months ago were believed to be members of the military wing of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
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Reuters:
Bulgaria: Hezbollah behind Burgas attack
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law  —  President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses  —  Jeff Sheng/AP - In this June 23, 2012 photo provided by Jeff Sheng, Navy Chaplain Kay Reeb of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America officiates the civil union ceremony of Air Force Tech.  Sgt. Erwynn Umali, right …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Advocate and Truthdig
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 …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dems start out ahead in Iowa Senate election  —  Steve King is the overwhelming favorite of Iowa Republicans to be their Senate candidate next year...and trails every Democratic candidate we tested against him by at least 7 points.  It's the story of the last two election cycles for Senate Republicans.
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 …
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
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
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
 
 
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Chris Brown likely faked community service, D.A. says
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Ken Dixon / CTPost.com:
Slain teachers, staff to get presidential medal
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Washington rated the worst for traffic congestion — again
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Mugsy / Crooks and Liars:
Today is the 10th Anniversary of Powell's Infamous UN Presentation
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Mass. GOP Buoyed by Winslow's Eyeing U.S. Senate Vacancy
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Boy Scouts Welcoming ‘Predators’ and ‘Pedophiles’ by Changing Anti-Gay Policy
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Pennsylvania Republicans To Introduce New Election-Rigging Plan
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The Right Way to Cut Pentagon Spending
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