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6:50 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens  —  The president's partisan lawyers purport to vest him with the most extreme power a political leader can seize  —  The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens …
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
Your government can kill you if...  A Justice Department …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Obama Congress Budget Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday called on lawmakers to quickly pass a new package of limited spending cuts and tax changes that can head off the automatic, across-the-board reductions set to begin March 1.  —  Mr. Obama said Congress should delay …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner throws cold water on Obama sequester plan
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Presses Plan to Delay Spending Cuts
Discussion: Politico
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama calls on Congress to pass spending cuts, tax changes to delay sequester
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House GOP thinks unthinkable on defense cuts
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $845B budget deficit for 2013
Discussion: alan.com, Politico and The Maddow Blog
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
CBO Sees Rising U.S. Debt, Economic Rebound in 2014
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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Widely Support Immigration Reform Proposals
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Politico:
Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP
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 …
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The Lede:
North Korean Propaganda Video Uses ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘We Are the World’ to Imagine a Brighter World, Without Manhattan
Discussion: msnbc.com, Addicting Info and Mashable!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Port Deal Pushed by Menendez Could Benefit Former Aide, Not Just a Major Donor  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — It turns out that the lucrative port security contract pushed by Senator Robert Menendez would enrich more than just a major benefactor.  —  The contract could also benefit …
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Joel Griffith / BREITBART.COM:
KRUGMAN: U.S. NEEDS DEATH PANELS, SALES TAXES  —  Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week.  During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt.
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
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.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
DREAMers Target GOP, Chant ‘Undocumented And Unafraid’ At Immigration Hearing  —  A group of young immigrants interrupted the first congressional hearing on immigration reform Tuesday to protest the GOP's opposition to the DREAM Act.  They chanted “undocumented and unafraid” as they were quickly escorted out of the room.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Reason:
Three Flushes for American Capitalism!  —  In praise of privately operated bathrooms that serve the public.  —  The greatest city in the world - New York, New York - is home to 8 million souls, a magnet for 52 million tourists a year, and legendary for the grossest public toilets this side of a Turkish prison.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
The Latest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory: Obama Death Squads Targeting Gun-Rights Activists  —  What do you get when you combine the president's ability to secretly kill American citizens and the recent push to restrict gun access?  One of the most bizarre anti-Obama conspiracy theories ever†…
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 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Mass. GOP Buoyed by Winslow's Eyeing U.S. Senate Vacancy  —  Massachusetts Republicans got a glimmer of hope this morning after days of rejections from heavy-hitting politicians weighing possible runs in the state's upcoming special election.  Republican state Rep. Dan Winslow said today …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Download and alan.com
Jason Koebler / US News:
City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation  —  Resolution bans all municipal agencies from buying or leasing drones  —  Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.  —  The resolution, passed Monday …
Discussion: alan.com
 
 
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Arkansas to allow concealed guns in churches
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Arran Robertson / The Online Office …:
Blumenauer, Polis Bills De-Federalize Marijuana Prohibition, Provide for Regulatory and Taxation Framework
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New York Times:
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Boy Scouts Welcoming ‘Predators’ and ‘Pedophiles’ by Changing Anti-Gay Policy
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How the NRA Is Helping to Pass Gun Control
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
David Brooks / New York Times:
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