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10:50 AM ET, February 8, 2013

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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Audacious Hack Exposes Bush Family Pix, E-Mail  —  Hacker breached AOL account of ex-president's sister, other victims  —  The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned.
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Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
Probe launched after Bushes' email hacked  —  A hacker apparently gained access to a score of confidential emails and other electronic correspondence between members of the Bush family and friends, prompting a criminal investigation.  —  A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush confirmed …
Discussion: NPR
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Bush family e-mails hacked  —  Several e-mail accounts owned by members of the Bush family or their close friends have been hacked, a family spokesman confirms.  A criminal investigation into the hack is underway.  —  The e-mails, posted by the Smoking Gun Web site, include a picture …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Ex-President Bush Gets Hacked
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Michelle Malkin:
The Blame Righty mob falls silent  —  I've documented Blame Righty Syndrome countless times over the years (see here here here here).  This week, the Blame Righty mob fell silent.  The silence and the selectivity speak volumes.  —  The Blame Righty mob falls silent  —  by Michelle Malkin
Discussion: The Truth About Guns and Twitchy
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Daily Breeze:
Search for Christopher Dorner, suspect in 3 killings, leads to Big Bear
Discussion: Guardian
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Christopher Dorner Manhunt: Police Search For Ex-Los Angeles Officer In Alleged Murder, Cop Killing
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Kick That Can  —  John Boehner, the speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated.  “At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem,” he said Wednesday.  “I've watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years since I've been here.  I've had enough of it.  It's time to act.”
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Sequester cuts a time bomb for GOP?
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Some in GOP want sequester deal
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Eight Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’  —  Since Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) abandoned his opposition to providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and embraced a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration, political pundits and Republican leaders …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Eight Programs That Have Already Faced Devastating Budget Cuts (And Could Be In For More)  —  Even without the spending cuts included in the so-called “sequester,” America's domestic spending levels are scheduled to hit historic lows in the coming years.  That's because the Budget Control Act …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, jobsanger and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Brennan defends drone strike policies  —  Watch live video  —  John O. Brennan, testifying at a confirmation hearing Thursday as President Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency during his second term, defended drone strikes against terrorist targets but insisted that it was better to detain terrorists than kill them.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dem. Senator To CIA Head Nominee: Should Obama Let Americans ‘Surrender Before Killing Them?’
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie struggles with politics of his weight … After years of questions about his girth, Chris Christie seemed to settle on a strategy - leave them laughing.  —  The overweight New Jersey governor took to Dave Letterman's couch, donut in hand, on Monday night …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Panetta can't explain why Obama never called back during Benghazi attack [VIDEO]  —  Under questioning from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could not explain why President Barack Obama spoke with him only once on September 11 …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Franken-Bachmann Showdown on the Horizon?  —  Politically, 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.  —  In January, the Tea Party-backed Republican finished a distant sixth in the Iowa presidential caucuses, garnering just 1,223 more votes than she did in winning …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Peters / Slate:
Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world.  Why couldn't he save himself?  —  Aaron Swartz at a Boston Wiki Meetup on Aug. 19, 2009  —  On Jan. 4, 2013, Aaron Swartz woke up in an excellent mood.  “He turned to me,” recalls his girlfriend Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, “and said, apropos of nothing, ‘This is going to be a great year.’ ”
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obama Group Runs Afoul of IRS Rules, Its Own Promise  —  Obama for America continued its metamorphosis this week into Organizing for Action (OFA), an independent organization that will advocate for various “progressive” causes, including immigration reform and gun control.
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
California's state Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package  —  All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines would be banned, all guns would be registered and no ammunition could be bought without a special permit in California under a sweeping list of bills rolled out Thursday by state Senate Democrats.
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way Journalists Blow  —  When it comes presidential kill lists, too many in the media dig power absolute power absolutely.  —  Remember back in what was it - 2006 or thereabouts - when left-leaning critics of President Bush couldn't stop talking …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
New York Post:
Harry, Henry & Hagel  —  'Give the guy a break.  " That was Sen. Harry Reid's answer to ABC this week when asked about Chuck Hagel's incoherent performance at his confirmation hearing for defense secretary.  —  Now an Armed Services Committee vote on Hagel has been delayed after 25 Republicans sent …
 
 
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system
Discussion: The Raw Story, Althouse and DCist
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
So God Made a Fawner  —  Paul Harvey's ad was terrific.
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
Tawana Bourne, Connecticut Woman, Allegedly Pulled Loaded Gun At Chuck E. Cheese
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Europe consuming more coal
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
White House Tensions Over Syria Exposed in Hearing
rci.rutgers.edu:
RUTGERS-EAGLETON POLL: GOV. CHRISTIE RATINGS REMAIN SKY-HIGH, BUT APPROVAL ON HANDLING ECONOMY AND TAXES LOWER
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Investor's Business Daily:
F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?
Discussion: Doug Ross and americanthinker.com
New York Times:
Hewlett Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
Discussion: IHT Rendezvous, The Verge and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP, Dems call for repeal of $30 billion medical device tax
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Brennan ‘Unaware’ Of Any Evidence That Torture Led To Bin Laden
Discussion: alan.com
Juana Summers / Politico:
Richard Burr jokes about waterboarding at Brennan hearing
Benjamin R. Freed / DCist:
Occupy D.C., Thy Damage Is Nearly Undone
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Cardinal Dolan: Obamacare Still Forces Americans to Provide ‘Illicit Coverage,’ Even for Their Children
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Profound Weight of Layoffs Is Seen in Work Trends Survey
Discussion: Economix and NPR
 

 
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Global Post staff pay tribute to slain colleague, journalist James Foley

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China's biggest online video company, Youku Tudou, launches film division

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Former NYT communications chief Robert Christie joins Alibaba as VP of International Media

 
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