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10:40 AM ET, February 6, 2013

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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Postal Service to halt Saturday mail delivery  —  The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it would discontinue mail delivery on Saturday but still continue to deliver packages six days per week, according to the Associated Press.  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), hailed the decision …
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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 …
Debbi Wilgoren / Federal Eye:
Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August  —  The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1, the agency is set to announce Wednesday.  —  This means that for the first time Americans will receive mail only five days a week …
Discussion: alan.com and Mashable!
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail to Trim Costs  —  Empty crates site next to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail box in New York, U.S., Nov. 15, 2012.  The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving …
USA Today:
Postal Service to stop delivering mail on Saturdays … The cut begins in August, but six-day package delivery will continue.  —  The Postal Service today announced plans to end Saturday delivery for first class mail.  —  Package delivery, which has seen growth in recent years as online purchasing booms …
Discussion: The Week and iOwnTheWorld.com
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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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:   White House, Congress square off over Justice Dept. rules for drone strikes
Washington Post:
Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
Memo gives U.S. broad powers to kill Al Qaeda targets
Discussion: American Prospect and emptywheel
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Carney: Drone strikes are ‘fully consistent’ with the Constitution
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Eric Cantor's empty happy talk  —  Republicans have happened upon a felicitous new strategy for reviving their party from its depressed state: They need only think happy thoughts.  —  At a retreat for Republican leaders last month, former House speaker Newt Gingrich told them to …
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:   Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans try a softer focus — on life issues
Discussion: First Read and Post Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama to nominate REI chief executive Jewell for Interior secretary  —  President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, the CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), to succeed Ken Salazar as secretary of the Interior, according to administration officials.  —  Obama will make the announcement on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN
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Politico:
Obama to nominate REI chief Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary  —  President Barack Obama on Wednesday will nominate Sally Jewell, president and CEO of the outdoor and recreational retailer REI, to replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a White House official confirmed to POLITICO.
Discussion: Federal Eye, Hot Air and Post Politics
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:   Obama to nominate CEO of outdoor equipment giant REI to become interior secretary
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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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   CBO: Obama health law will cost $1.3T
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Fix
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dick Morris out at Fox News  —  Fox News has decided not to renew its contract with political commentator and pollster Dick Morris, an industry official tells POLITICO's Mike Allen.  —  Morris, who was on contract with Fox News throughout the 2012 presidential campaign …
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.
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
The Budget War Is Back  —  A familiar script: The GOP rejects Obama's demand for new tax revenue in a short-term deal to avoid automatic spending cuts  —  The nation's brief respite from the serial budget battles that have consumed Washington, D.C., is officially over …
Discussion: NBCNews.com
Fredreka Schouten / Associated Press:
Ex-House members spend campaign money after they depart  —  WASHINGTON — Former House members are spending their leftover money to pay for everything from luxury cars to foundations that bear their names, a USA TODAY review of new campaign-finance reports shows.
Geoffrey Dickens / Author Feed:
ABC, CBS, NBC Slant 8 to 1 for Obama's Gun Control Crusade  —  At next week's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama is likely to continue his ongoing push for more gun control.  It's a push first spurred on by Obama's gun control allies in the liberal media.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
NRA Endorsement Actually A Curse For Candidates, Poll Finds  —  Endorsements from the National Rifle Association might be doing political candidates more harm than good, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.  —  In a national survey, 39 percent of voters said that they are less likely …
Discussion: Public Policy Polling
 
 
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