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12:00 PM 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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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
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Liberals to interrogate Obama's CIA pick
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
As Neocons Defend Obama, Allies Doubt Him on Drones as Never Before
Discussion: The Week, Hit & Run and Mediaite
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: CNN, TheBlaze.com and FishbowlDC
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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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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: Crooks and Liars
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Bloomberg:
Obama Is Said Close to Choosing Pritzker for Commerce
Discussion: First Read and BuzzFeed
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Obama close to nominating Penny Pritzker for Commerce
Discussion: Poor Richard's News
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.
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Politico:
The GOP, Fox political purge  —  Ailes has aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election.  Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly were among the first conservatives to call for a rethinking of the GOP's opposition to comprehensive immigration reform.  And then Palin and Morris got the boot …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Tony Perkins Still Believes SPLC Motivated Shooter At Family Research Council  —  Earlier today, Floyd Lee Corkins pleaded guilty to several counts relating to when he opened fire at the Family Research Council, injuring a guard before he was subdued.  FRC's Tony Perkins used that news …
Discussion: Firedoglake and NOM Blog
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Shooter at Pro-Life Office Pleads Guilty, Used Liberal Site to Target
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.
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, Roll Call and The Reaction
CNN:
L.A. police look for ex-cop suspected in shootings  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — A former Los Angeles cop who had allegedly warned he would target law enforcement in retribution for being fired is now suspected of shooting three officers early Thursday, killing one, authorities said.
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Officials hunt for ex-cop in shootings of 3 officers; 1 killed
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NPR
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 …
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.
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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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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Harvard: Just 6 in 10 Millennials have jobs, half are part-time … A comprehensive new Harvard University report on Americans under 30, the so-called Millennials, shows that the economy is having a crushing impact, with just 62 percent working, and of those, half are toiling at part-time jobs.
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NCoC:   “Millennials” Play a Central Role in our Nation's Civic Health, but Who are They?
SOOPERMEXICAN:
News Media Scrub Cop Murderer's Manifesto of Pro-Obama, Hillary, MSNBC, CNN, Gay, and Anti-Gun Comments  —  I've been following closely the news story about Chris Dorner, who is now suspected of murdering three people, including one police officer, and shooting another two police officers.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The PJ Tatler
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Fox News' Latest Sexist Attack Against Hillary: ‘Face Lift, Perhaps?’  —  Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy took a shot at outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday morning, speculating that she underwent a face lift in the last two weeks.  In a quick headline roundup …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
LaHood: ‘America is one big pothole’  —  Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday.  —  “America is one big pothole right now,” …
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and Hot Air
 
 
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Bangladeshi man to plead guilty in plot to bomb NY Federal Reserve
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