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9:50 AM ET, February 8, 2013

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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Audacious Hack Exposes Bush Family Pix, E-Mail  —  Hacker breached AOL account of ex-president's sister, other victims  —  The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned.
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Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
Probe launched after Bushes' email hacked  —  A hacker apparently gained access to a score of confidential emails and other electronic correspondence between members of the Bush family and friends, prompting a criminal investigation.  —  A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush confirmed …
Discussion: NPR
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Ex-President Bush Gets Hacked  —  Former President George W. Bush walks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)  —  Former president George H.W. Bush was the victim of a computer hacker who gained access to confidential emails …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Daily Breeze:
Search for Christopher Dorner, suspect in 3 killings, leads to Big Bear  —  Authorities have confirmed a truck found burning in the San Bernardino Mountains belongs to Christopher Dorner.  —  A local law enforcement source said the truck, found near Big Bear Lake, is the one police across California have been searching for.
Discussion: Guardian
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Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Christopher Dorner Manhunt: Police Search For Ex-Los Angeles Officer In Alleged Murder, Cop Killing
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Panetta can't explain why Obama never called back during Benghazi attack [VIDEO]  —  Under questioning from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could not explain why President Barack Obama spoke with him only once on September 11 …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
New York Times:
White House Tensions Over Syria Exposed in Hearing
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
On Their Own  —  The White House left Ambassador Chris Stevens …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Brennan defends drone strike policies  —  Watch live video  —  John O. Brennan, testifying at a confirmation hearing Thursday as President Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency during his second term, defended drone strikes against terrorist targets but insisted that it was better to detain terrorists than kill them.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dem. Senator To CIA Head Nominee: Should Obama Let Americans ‘Surrender Before Killing Them?’
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Some in GOP want sequester deal  —  GOP policy prescriptions to replace the massive spending cuts currently include: changing the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, which GOP aides say would raise $110 billion, and changes to Medicare premiums, which would raise $35 billion.
Discussion: Reuters, Firedoglake and The Reaction
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Joe Picard / The Hill:
Obama ‘prepared, eager and anxious’ for sequester fight with Republicans
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Eight Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’  —  Since Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) abandoned his opposition to providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and embraced a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration, political pundits and Republican leaders …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Eight Programs That Have Already Faced Devastating Budget Cuts (And Could Be In For More)  —  Even without the spending cuts included in the so-called “sequester,” America's domestic spending levels are scheduled to hit historic lows in the coming years.  That's because the Budget Control Act …
Discussion: jobsanger and Hullabaloo
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie struggles with politics of his weight … After years of questions about his girth, Chris Christie seemed to settle on a strategy - leave them laughing.  —  The overweight New Jersey governor took to Dave Letterman's couch, donut in hand, on Monday night …
Discussion: msnbc.com
New York Times:
Hewlett Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor  —  HONG KONG — Hewlett-Packard, one of the world's largest makers of computers and other electronics, is imposing new limits on the employment of students and temporary agency workers at factories across China.
Discussion: IHT Rendezvous, The Verge and Engadget
New York Post:
Harry, Henry & Hagel  —  'Give the guy a break.  " That was Sen. Harry Reid's answer to ABC this week when asked about Chuck Hagel's incoherent performance at his confirmation hearing for defense secretary.  —  Now an Armed Services Committee vote on Hagel has been delayed after 25 Republicans sent …
rci.rutgers.edu:
RUTGERS-EAGLETON POLL: GOV. CHRISTIE RATINGS REMAIN SKY-HIGH, BUT APPROVAL ON HANDLING ECONOMY AND TAXES LOWER  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J - Gov. Chris Christie continues to ride high from his handling of Superstorm Sandy, but a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds registered voters are less pleased …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Europe consuming more coal  —  JAENSCHWALDE, Germany — Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.  —  Europe's use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, powered by a surge of cheap U.S. coal on global markets and by the unintended consequences …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP, Dems call for repeal of $30 billion medical device tax  —  A bipartisan group of 180 House members — consisting of about 40 percent of the House — has reintroduced a bill to end the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that was imposed under President Obama's healthcare law.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Cardinal Dolan: Obamacare Still Forces Americans to Provide ‘Illicit Coverage,’ Even for Their Children  —  Last week, the Obama administration rolled out what it calls an “accommodation” for religious institutions subjected to the Obamacare mandate that forces American employers to provide …
Discussion: CNN and nation.foxnews.com
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Justin Peters / Slate:
Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world. Why couldn't he save himself?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Investor's Business Daily:
F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Doug Ross
New York Times:
U.S. Official Faults F.A.A. for Missing 787 Battery Risk
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and NPR
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Brennan ‘Unaware’ Of Any Evidence That Torture Led To Bin Laden
Discussion: alan.com
Juana Summers / Politico:
Richard Burr jokes about waterboarding at Brennan hearing
Benjamin R. Freed / DCist:
Occupy D.C., Thy Damage Is Nearly Undone
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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
A group of conservative leaders has signed an irate letter demanding …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Profound Weight of Layoffs Is Seen in Work Trends Survey
Discussion: Economix and NPR
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Dan Winslow, former Romney aide, says “I'm in” for Senate
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