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1:45 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  —  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 …
Debbi Wilgoren / Federal Eye:
Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August
Discussion: AllThingsD, alan.com and Mashable!
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Postal Service to End Delivery of Letters on Saturdays
Discussion: Federal Eye and Via Meadia
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
U.S. Postal Service To Discontinue Saturday Mail Delivery
Discussion: Discourse.net and Balloon Juice
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 …
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 - Panetta to speak at Georgetown - Cabinet under ‘gag order’ on sequestration - Drone wars heat up - Ash Carter wraps up European trip - Industry wary (and weary)  —  With Hadas Gold, Tim Mak and Stephanie Gaskell  —  HAPPENING TODAY: GOP …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Business Insider
Washington Post:
Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base
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
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boy Scouts delay decision on admission of gay scouts until May
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Cold Fury and First Read
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Steve Deace / Politico:
How to beat Karl Rove at his own game
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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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:   Bob Menendez Spent Up to 87 Percent of Wealth Paying Back Donor
Scott Clement / The Fix:
Obama makes immigration comeback
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Chooses REI Executive to Lead Interior Dept.
Discussion: First Read, The Awl and Mediaite
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Deficit Obsession Has Hurt The Recovery: CBO  —  Here's the buried lede from the Congressional Budget Office, which on Tuesday released its Budget and Economic Outlook for the coming decade: D.C.'s deficit obsession has been quite effective at cutting deficits at the expense of the still-struggling economy.
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Chris Rock stands up for gun control  —  President Barack Obama knows best when it comes to gun control, according to comedian Chris Rock.  —  “The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country,” Rock said at a press conference on gun laws in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN and The Right Scoop
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 …
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 …
 
 
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