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11:15 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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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
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
Politico:
Obama yields on drones
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
As Neocons Defend Obama, Allies Doubt Him on Drones as Never Before
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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Crimesider / CBS News:
Floyd Lee Corkins pleads guilty in Family Research Council shooting
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Southern Poverty Law Center website triggered FRC shooting
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 …
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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.
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: 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
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.
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
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
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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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
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Rubio to Deliver State of the Union Rebuttal  —  Senator Marco Rubio is set to deliver the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address.  —  Senator Marco Rubio will give the Republicans' response to the State of the Union address, party leaders announced on Wednesday.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Right Turn
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Meet Marco Rubio, the new leader of the Republican party
Tim Mak / Politico:
Hagel committee vote delayed  —  The Senate Armed Services Committee will not vote this week on whether to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of Defense amid unrelenting pressure from Republicans over his financial disclosures.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, alan.com, CNN and Pat Dollard
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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 …
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Harvard: Just 6 in 10 Millennials have jobs, half are part-time
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