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3:15 PM ET, February 6, 2013

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Reuters:
Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail  —  ABC OTUS News - US Postal Service to End Saturday Mail Delivery (ABC News)  —  Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week.
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CBS News:
USPS to announce Saturday service cuts in effort to slash costs  —  (CBS News) Get ready for some big changes in your mail service.  After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that the Postal Service intends to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Postal Service to halt Saturday mail delivery in cost-cutting move
Discussion: Politico and americanthinker.com
Debbi Wilgoren / Federal Eye:
Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August
New York Times:
With Brennan Pick, a Light on Drone Strikes' Hazards  —  SANA, Yemen — Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.  —  It was a brave gesture by a father of seven …
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Austin Wright / Politico:
GOP to offer sequester counter-plan …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Business Insider
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Drone Strikes, Waterboarding, and Moral Preening
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Hagel Tells Lawmakers He Can't Provide Details On Speaking Engagements, Foreign Funders  —  “He is basically telling Senators they have no right to know if he has been unduly influenced by foreign governments or foreign agents over the last five years.  What is he hiding?”  GOP aide says.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
GOP senators call for delay in Hagel committee vote  —  Two senior GOP members of the Senate Armed Services Committee told The Cable Tuesday that they won't consent to a committee vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense until the former Nebraska senator discloses …
First Read:
Obama to nominate head of REI for Interior secretary  —  By NBC's Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  President Obama will nominate the head of the outdoor retail chain REI to head up the Interior Department.  —  The choice of CEO Sally Jewell is an unconventional one …
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Politico:
Obama to nominate REI chief Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Chooses REI Executive to Lead Interior Dept.
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Awl and Mediaite
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama to nominate CEO of outdoor equipment giant REI to become interior secretary
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Althouse
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Karl Rove Is Not a Conservative  —  Karl Rove — “The Architect,” as President George W. Bush called him — crafted Bush's two presidential campaigns and served as a key player in Bush's White House.  —  Now, with an assist from The New York Times, Rove is presenting himself as a conservative leader.
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Steve Deace / Politico:
How to beat Karl Rove at his own game
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
We Had To Tax The Retirement Plan In Order To Save It  —  Duncan (He can't be Sirius) Black, the econ degree holder formerly known as Atrios, explains in USA Today that baby boomers face a retirement crisis which can only be solved by raising both taxes and Social Security benefits.  Really:
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Duncan Black / USA Today:
401Ks are a disaster: Column  —  Recent and near-retirees, the first major cohort of the 401(k) era, do not have nearly enough in retirement savings to even come close to maintaining their current lifestyles.  —  We need an across the board increase in Social Security retirement benefits of 20% or more.
Discussion: Philly.com
Erik Wemple:
Fox News drops Dick Morris: Hooray  —  No more Fox News contributor Dick Morris.  His contract to spout republic-damaging nonsense on Fox airwaves has expired, and the network isn't renewing it.  —  Taken together with the news that Sarah Palin will no longer be contributing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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David Weigel / Slate:
Fox News Ends the Dick Morris Era
Discussion: Politico and Truthdig
Rand Paul / Reason:
Containment and Radical Islam  —  A realist foreign-policy vision that is neither imperialistic nor isolationist.  —  The following is text of a speech delivered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at the Heritage Foundation on February 6, 2013.  —  Foreign policy is uniquely an arena …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Here's Rand Paul's Grand Vision For U.S. Foreign Policy
Discussion: American Spectator
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Host Destroys Supporter Of Boy Scouts Discrimination For Equating Pedophilia With Being Gay  —  CNN's Soledad O'Brien challenged the conservative opposition to keeping gays scouts and leaders out of the Boy Scouts on Wednesday morning, comparing the organization's ban to past restrictions on African Americans and women.
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Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting gays
International Business Times:
Women's Unclean Breasts Cause Diarrhoea, Says Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil  —  By VASUDEVAN SRIDHARAN: Subscribe to Vasudevan's RSS feed  —  Egypt's prime minister, Hisham Qandil - Reuters  —  The inability of women in rural Egypt to clean their breasts is causing a diarrhoea epidemic …
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Bob Menendez Spent Up to 87 Percent of Wealth Paying Back Donor  —  When Robert Menendez arrived in the U.S. Senate in 2006, he was a relative pauper in a chamber often called a millionaires' club.  The New Jersey Democrat ranked 97th out of 100 senators in terms of his personal wealth …
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Scott Clement / The Fix:
Obama makes immigration comeback
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week and Gallup
Politico:
Embattled Scott plans $100M campaign vs. Crist  —  Rick Scott is preparing to defend the Florida governorship with the most expensive reelection campaign in state history, drawing up plans for a battleship-sized political operation aimed at overcoming the Republican's deep personal unpopularity.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Graham defends Obama on drones  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will offer a resolution next week commending President Barack Obama's use of drones and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.  —  “Every member of Congress needs to get on board,” Graham said.  “It's not fair to the president to let him …
Jack Khoury / Haaretz:
Ahmadinejad: Iran already a nuclear state, but has no intention of launching attack on Israel  —  In interview with Al-Ahram on eve of Islamic Summit Conference in Cairo, Iranian president also says his country opposes outside intervention in Syria.  —  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Panetta to recommend pay cut for military  —  Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year.  —  Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014.
Olympia Meola / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Ruling by House speaker deals blow to Senate redistricting  —  Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has ruled that the surprise changes that the Senate made to redistricting legislation are out of order, dealing a blow to GOP hopes to redraw districts.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney says reports of replica Oval Office under construction ‘are false’  —  “Reports about a replica Oval Office are false, and no one is moving from the West Wing,” Carney said at his daily press briefing.  —  Real Clear Politics reported that the government was building a new executive office …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
New GOP effort aims to recruit minorities for state office
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Man pleads guilty to Family Research Council shooting
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Chris Rock stands up for gun control
Discussion: CNN and The Right Scoop
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