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7:30 PM ET, February 6, 2013

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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Southern Poverty Law Center website triggered FRC shooting … The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group's opposition to gay rights.
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WJLA-TV:
Floyd Corkins pleads guilty to Family Research Council shooting  —  (AP/ABC7) - A man accused of shooting a security guard inside the downtown Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the shooting.
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Family Research Council shooter pleads guilty to three felonies, including terrorism charge, in federal court
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
US Attorneys' office links shooting at FRC, high-capacity magazines
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Thanks To Congressional Incompetence, Saturday Mail Delivery Is History  —  The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery, marking another milestone in the decline of the once-ubiquitous government service.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on February 12.  —  Rubio's response will be delivered in both English and Spanish, according to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Hot Air
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
4th Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's annual poll on TV news finds that there's only one source more Americans trust than distrust: PBS. 52% of voters say they trust PBS to only 29% who don't trust it.  The other seven outlets we polled on are all distrusted by a plurality of voters.
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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   We Had To Tax The Retirement Plan In Order To Save It
Spokesman.com:
Bill requires all Idaho kids to read ‘Atlas Shrugged’  —  BOISE - Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate's Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Fox News Ends the Dick Morris Era
Discussion: Politico and Truthdig
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
Marice Richter / Reuters:
Boy Scouts of America delay vote on ending ban on gays  —  (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday delayed until May a vote on whether to end a controversial ban on gay members, drawing praise and rebukes from the two sides of a heated debate that has drawn in politicians as well as parents.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Host Destroys Supporter Of Boy Scouts Discrimination For Equating Pedophilia With Being Gay
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Poll: Majority of voters back gay Boy Scouts
The Daily Caller:
FBI sources: Menendez investigation moved to Newark, NJ  —  Two FBI sources have told The Daily Caller that the bureau's inquiry into Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is now based in New Jersey, not Miami.  One added that pressure is mounting from the highest levels of the Justice Department to pursue the investigation.
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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Bob Menendez Spent Up to 87 Percent of Wealth Paying Back Donor
Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
CHRIS ROCK: ‘THE PRESIDENT IS OUR BOSS’... OUR ‘DAD’  —  Comedian Chris Rock showed up on Capitol Hill today to support President Barack Obama's gun control proposals.  Here is what he said during the morning press conference: … Apparently the comedian has flip-flopped on his previous gun control position, i.e. “bullet control” ...
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Chris Rock stands up for gun control
Discussion: The Right Scoop and CNN
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama to nominate CEO of outdoor equipment giant REI to become interior secretary
Ryan Pearson / bigstory.ap.org:
BRUCE WILLIS: DON'T INFRINGE ON SECOND AMENDMENT  —  You are here  —  Home » Hollywood » Bruce Willis: Don't infringe on Second Amendment  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Willis says he's against new gun control laws that could infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Broun jumps into Georgia Senate race  —  Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) made it official Wednesday after dropping hints for several weeks — he'll run for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-Ga.) seat.  —  “I'll be the only candidate in this race whose first priority is to stop the runaway spending …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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 …
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Republicans Introduce Bill Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasound Before An Abortion
David Clemons / The Daily Sentinel:
McGill to try again on abortion
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Wyden Hints at Brennan Filibuster
Brian Maxey / KMPH-TV:
Viral ‘Smash,’ Kai, Gives An Update After Saving PG&E Worker
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and L.A. NOW
Brent Schrotenboer / Associated Press:
Attorney: Armstrong won't pay back bonus money
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Guardian and Daily Mail
Olympia Meola / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Ruling by House speaker deals blow to Senate redistricting
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney says reports of replica Oval Office under construction ‘are false’