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10:35 AM ET, February 7, 2013

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New York Times:
Congress to See Memo Backing Drone Attacks on Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes and other means …
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Liberals to interrogate Obama's CIA pick  —  President Obama's nominee for CIA director will be bombarded with questions Thursday in a Senate hearing that could bring new revelations about the targeted killings of U.S. citizens overseas.  —  Opposition to the nomination of John Brennan …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Washington Post:
Obama will allow lawmakers to see secret memo on targeted killings  —  President Obama yielded Wednesday to congressional demands that he provide access to a secret legal memo on the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas, avoiding a confrontation that threatened the confirmation …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Plum Line
Politico:
Obama yields on drones  —  President Obama has reversed course and agreed to provide the congressional intelligence committees with classified Justice Department legal advice authorizing the use of drones to kill U.S. citizens abroad, two administration officials said Wednesday evening.
Michael Grunwald / TIME:
Immigrant Son  —  Oriales García Rubio knows how it feels to want more.  When she was a girl in central Cuba in the 1930s, her family of nine lived in a one-room house with a dirt floor.  Her dolls were Coke bottles dressed in rags.  She dreamed of becoming an actress.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and FishbowlDC
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Hagel committee vote delayed
Discussion: alan.com, BuzzFeed, CNN and Pat Dollard
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Rubio to Deliver State of the Union Rebuttal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Right Turn
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Meet Marco Rubio, the new leader of the Republican party
Washington Post:
Sen. Menendez contacted top officials in friend's Medicare dispute  —  Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government …
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The Daily Caller:
FBI sources: Menendez investigation moved to Newark, NJ
Politico:
Robert Menendez fights back
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Crimesider / CBS News:
Floyd Lee Corkins pleads guilty in Family Research Council shooting  —  (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - A Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group, a shooting that made headlines in part because the man was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Southern Poverty Law Center website triggered FRC shooting
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama's Apparent Pick for Commerce Secretary Has a History of Shady Commerce  —  As he continues to fill out his cabinet, a report emerged late Wednesday that President Obama is “close to choosing” Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker as America's next Secretary of Commerce.  There's only one problem.
Discussion: First Read
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Bloomberg:
Obama Is Said Close to Choosing Pritzker for Commerce
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Obama close to nominating Penny Pritzker for Commerce
Discussion: Poor Richard's News
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Biden delivers impassioned plea to House Democrats on gun control  —  LEESBURG, Va. - Vice President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned and at times emotional plea to House Democrats to rally around the Obama administration's gun-control proposals, telling lawmakers they can't rely on political excuses for inaction.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, Politico and CNN
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Democrats unimpressed by Cantor's support of DREAM Act
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Tierney / Salon:
Congress — not email — destroyed the Postal Service  —  The oft-maligned U.S. mail is actually quite well-run.  Politicians steered it into the ditch  —  You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you see someone stand up to a bullying, incompetent boss?  It's viscerally satisfying, isn't it?
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
SNEED EXCLUSIVE: Pending Jesse Jackson Jr. plea deal includes ‘significant jail time,’ source says  —  Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 7, 2013 - Americans Back Women In Combat 3-1, But Less For Draft, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Universal Gun Background Checks Is 92%  —  American voters support allowing women in combat by an overwhelming 75 - 22 percent, including 77 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates  —  President Obama may have run his last political campaign, but that does not relieve him of his obligations to the Democratic Party.  —  The president, who has a vested interest in Democrats retaining their Senate majority …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and The Reaction
Politico:
The GOP, Fox political purge  —  Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.  —  Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters.
Discussion: CNN, First Read, Slate and Truthdig
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.
 
 
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Bangladeshi man to plead guilty in plot to bomb NY Federal Reserve
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Politico:
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Republicans Introduce Bill Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasound Before An Abortion
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