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5:00 PM ET, February 7, 2013

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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:  —  Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
On Their Own  —  The White House left Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith on their own on September 11 in Benghazi.  That is the upshot of today's Capitol Hill hearing featuring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Mak / Politico:
Leon Panetta defends Pentagon response after Benghazi attack
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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Kimberly Dozier / ABCNEWS:
Lawmakers Study Drone Report Before CIA Hearing
Discussion: Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Poll: Americans back drone attacks, but not on U.S. citizens abroad
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Congress to See Memo Backing Drone Attacks on Americans
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama ‘prepared, eager and anxious’ for GOP sequester fight  —  President Obama told House Democrats on Thursday that he is “prepared, eager and anxious” to produce a “big package” on the so-called sequester that would end “this governance in crisis.”  —  Speaking to lawmakers …
Discussion: Politico
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama tells House Dems he wants ‘big deal’ on debt
Discussion: Politico
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama to Attend Chicago Girl's Funeral
Discussion: Politico
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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The GOP, Fox political purge
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Steve King: Donate to me to stop Karl Rove  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says Karl Rove and American Crossroads are out to get him and his supporters should pony up to stop them.  —  Keying off a quote from Crossroads President Steven Law in Sunday's New York Times, the likely Iowa Senate candidate sent …
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and The Atlantic Online
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Congressman Steve King: Help fight Karl Rove's crusade against me
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and Post Politics
Politico:
Karl Rove vs. tea party for GOP's future
Dana Halferty / Medium:
Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church  —  Just after 11 last Sunday morning at Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter is starting the Sunday service as he always does.  He runs through the opening salutation and the collect for the day …
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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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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
LAPD Spree Killer's Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama
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.
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.
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.
Mike Malloy / Ames Tribune:
Bill would define abortion as murder  —  State Rep. Rob Bacon believes abortion is murder and he wants the Iowa Code to reflect that.  —  Bacon, R-Slater, and eight other Republicans introduced such a bill in the Iowa House Wednesday.  It would alter the definition of a person in murder cases to …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Republicans Advance Bill To Close Last Five Abortion Clinics In The State  —  Republican lawmakers in Alabama took a crucial step on Wednesday towards their goal of shuttering the state's last five abortion clinics, advancing a bill to the full house that would impose strict requirements on abortion providers.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and alan.com
National and Local Weather Forecast …:
Winter Storm Nemo: Potential Historic Blizzard Looms  —  Potentially Historic Storm: Snow Impact  —  Winter Storm Nemo is now poised to become the latest example of a powerful, potentially historic, February storm.  —  We lay out the forecast of heavy snow on this page …
Discussion: The Week and Suburban Guerrilla
Gatemouth / Room Eight:
Exclusive: Lena Dunham—Born Again Political Virgin  —  LENA DUNHAM (in a video supporting President Obama's re-election): Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. … The actual story of the cherries jubilee celebrating the loss of Lena Dunham's virginity is somewhat less romantic.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems will offer GOP spending cuts to avert doom  —  The New York Times reports today that Senate Dems are putting together a plan to avert the sequester with new revenues drawn from things like nixing tax breaks enjoyed by oil and gas companies and closing loopholes for the wealthy and corporations.
usccb.org:
HHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns; Bishops Look Forward To Addressing Issues With Administration  —  Bishops look forward to finding acceptable solutions to shortcomings  —  Concerned that first-rate charities still given second-class status  —  Seek clarification on confusing finance plan
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Reagan-Appointed Judge On Race: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt Said Staffs Of One Color Always Work Better’
Discussion: alan.com
Felicia Sonmez / Post Politics:
Code Pink protests bring Brennan hearing to halt
Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
Defense Distributed Unveils New 3D Printed Gun Magazine ‘Cuomo’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: TechCrunch
Fox News:
Caroline Kennedy ‘leading contender’ to be next ambassador to Canada, official says
Discussion: Hot Air
Miriam Valverde / Sun-Sentinel:
“Breastaurants” Tilted Kilt, Twin Peaks coming to area
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Michelle Obama plans to skip Grammys
Discussion: People.com and CNN
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Plans for Pepsi Event Stirs an Outcry
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
City considers ban on Styrofoam cups and containers
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Midterm Forecast: Democrats May Gain House Seats in 2014 but Majority Probably Out of Reach
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The Persistence of Racial Resentment
Discussion: American Prospect
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Colbert touts his sister's House bid
Discussion: Politico
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Tony Perkins Still Believes SPLC Motivated Shooter At Family Research Council
Discussion: NOM Blog and Firedoglake
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates
 

 
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