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10:10 AM ET, February 6, 2013

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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  —  Lawmakers squared off with the Obama administration Tuesday after the inadvertent leak of a sensitive Justice Department memorandum defending the White House's right to order armed drone strikes potentially against U.S. citizens.
Washington Post:
Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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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 …
Pauline Jelinek / bigstory.ap.org:
POSTAL SERVICE TO CUT SATURDAY MAIL TO TRIM COSTS  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Postal Service » Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs … WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The BLT
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration  —  Public approval of Barack Obama's handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Widely Support Immigration Reform Proposals  —  Greatest support for employers' verifying new hires' legal status  —  PRINCETON, NJ — At least two-thirds of Americans favor each of five specific measures designed to address immigration issues — ranging from 68% who would vote …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, jobsanger, CNN and The Hill
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans try a softer focus — on life issues
Discussion: First Read and Post Politics
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
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Fox News Insider:
TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Asks Congress to Avoid Sequestration Cuts, Says 'We Can't Just Cut Our Way to Prosperity'
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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
CNN:
Hagel approval all but certain  —  Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned there are now at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, all but ensuring the embattled nominee will be confirmed in the coming days.
Ben Hartman / Jerusalem Post:
WATCH: TA marks space handicapped and tows car  —  Security cameras show Tel Aviv municipality workers painting handicapped markings around parked vehicle and then towing it.  —  The Tel Aviv municipality found itself in hot water on Tuesday, after a Facebook post by a woman whose car …
Ayman Mohyeldin / NBCNews.com:
4 arrested in Egypt after shoe thrown at Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets people as he visits the Al-Hussein mosque, named after Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, in old Cairo on Feb. 5, 2013.  Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Steve Deace / Politico:
How to beat Karl Rove at his own game  —  Karl Rove was once known as the “architect” but now a more appropriate nickname might be “demolition man.”  —  Give Rove credit for one thing.  He knows how to coalesce the conservative movement.  He was the master strategist credited with getting …
Discussion: CNN, americanthinker.com and msnbc.com
 
 
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