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3:55 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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Josh Levs / CNN:
(CNN) — The secretive U.S. drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies takes center stage Thursday as John Brennan, President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director, faces questions from Congress.  As the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, he has made the drone campaign one of his biggest legacies.
New York Times:
Congress to See Memo Backing Drone Attacks on Americans
Bookworm Room:
The worst thing about those drone strikes is Obama's moral preening and hypocrisy
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Angry Bear
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New York Times:
Democrats Seek to Stave Off $1 Trillion in Cuts
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Some in GOP want sequester deal
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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.
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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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.
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 …
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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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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Officials hunt for ex-cop in shootings of 3 officers; 1 killed
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NPR
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: CNN
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: alan.com
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
 
 
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Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Wikipad in miniature: 7-inch gaming tablet to debut in spring for $249, 10.1-inch sees further delay
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Winter Storm Nemo: Potential Historic Blizzard Looms
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Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Michelle Obama plans to skip Grammys
Discussion: People.com and CNN
Andy Meek / BuzzFeed:
New Tennessee Bill Would Require Ultrasound Before Abortion
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
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Bruce Braley will run for Harkin's Senate seat
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Midterm Forecast: Democrats May Gain House Seats in 2014 but Majority Probably Out of Reach
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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
Keith Laing / The Hill:
LaHood: ‘America is one big pothole’
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Fox News' Latest Sexist Attack Against Hillary: ‘Face Lift, Perhaps?’
 

 
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Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine confirm they're holding Vice's Simon Ostrovsky captive

 
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