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7:00 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
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
LAPD Spree Killer's Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: GOP resolve on sequester begins to crack  —  There's been a good deal of chatter to the effect that Republicans still retain leverage in the sequester fight, because some of them are willing to let the sequester happen.  But Politico reports that GOP resolve is cracking …
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 …
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
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama to Attend Chicago Girl's Funeral
Discussion: Politico and NPR
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
James Hohmann / Politico:
Steve King: Donate to me to stop Karl Rove
Discussion: The Huffington Post, CNN and The Caucus
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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.
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Longtime Labrador spokesman fired for bawdy Super Bowl tweet  —  Phil Hardy, Rep. Raul Labrador's spokesman since his upset congressional win in 2010, has been fired for mistakenly tweeting in the name of his boss about his admiration for two actresses pole dancing in a Super Bowl ad.
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
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 …
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Dan Winslow, former Romney aide, says “I'm in” for Senate  —  State Representative Daniel B. Winslow, a former judge and onetime aide to Governor Mitt Romney, said Thursday he is entering the special election for the US Senate, the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Roll Call and Post Politics
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.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Profound Weight of Layoffs Is Seen in Work Trends Survey  —  Layoffs have touched nearly every American household in some fashion over the last few years, according to new survey data to be released Thursday by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
Discussion: Economix and NPR
 
 
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Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
In U.S., Standard-of-Living Optimism at Five-Year High
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
Fox News:
Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination as GOP demands more info
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
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
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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates
 

 
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