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6:15 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
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
LAPD Spree Killer's Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama  —  Police asked a Los Angeles Fox affiliate to remove the manifesto, originally reported to be that of alleged gunman Christopher Dorner, shortly after publishing.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
As Neocons Defend Obama, Allies Doubt Him on Drones as Never Before  —  The John Brennan confirmation hearings are the biggest showdown yet on extrajudicial killing and executive branch secrecy.  —  For once, the Obama Administration's drone policy is much in the news.
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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems will offer GOP spending cuts to avert doom
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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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Congressman Steve King: Help fight Karl Rove's crusade against me
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and Post Politics
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Bruce Braley will run for Harkin's Senate seat
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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 and Politico
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama tells House Dems he wants ‘big deal’ on debt
Discussion: Politico
Miriam Valverde / Sun-Sentinel:
“Breastaurants” Tilted Kilt, Twin Peaks coming to area  —  Hooters Girls are getting more competition.  At least two new “breastaurant” chains are working on plans to open in South Florida this year, also featuring scantily clad women.  —  Next month, the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery will open …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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 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.
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
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Reagan-Appointed Judge On Race: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt Said Staffs Of One Color Always Work Better’  —  A Texas civil rights group filed a complaint against Judge Lynn N. Hughes, a Ronald Reagan-appointee to a federal district court in Texas, criticizing his “outlandish racial comments” …
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.
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 …
Politico:
Karl Rove vs. tea party for GOP's future  —  The message from Karl Rove's allies to rich donors is pretty simple: We need your cash to avoid repeating the problems that tanked our $300 million 2012 effort, and we can promise you anonymity.  —  The Conservative Victory Project …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Steve King: Donate to me to stop Karl Rove
Discussion: The Huffington Post, CNN and The Caucus
Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Michelle Obama plans to skip Grammys  —  Though she's up for a Grammy, first lady Michelle Obama isn't planning to attend the awards show this weekend.  —  Obama hasn't scheduled a trip to Los Angeles for Sunday's event, according to a White House official.
Discussion: People.com and CNN
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama to Attend Chicago Girl's Funeral
Discussion: Politico and NPR
 
 
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Fox News:
Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination as GOP demands more info
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Longtime Labrador spokesman fired for bawdy Super Bowl tweet
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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
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Wikipad in miniature: 7-inch gaming tablet to debut in spring for $249, 10.1-inch sees further delay
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Republicans Advance Bill To Close Last Five Abortion Clinics In The State
Discussion: Washington Monthly and alan.com
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Sotomayor Plans for Pepsi Event Stirs an Outcry
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 and Mother Jones
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Colbert touts his sister's House bid
Discussion: Politico
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Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates
 

 
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