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2:35 PM 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
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Ex-President Bush Gets Hacked
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?  —  Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south.  —  But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP.  —  They're so confident, in fact …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Democrats struggle to craft plan for sequester replacement  —  Senate Democrats are struggling to come up with a replacement for the $85 billion sequester set to begin on March 1.  —  Key Democrats huddled Thursday in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Call Obama's sequester bluff
Emily Maxwell / Cincinnati, Ohio:
Poll worker accused of voter fraud in Hamilton County speaks out  —  CINCINNATI - The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud following months of investigation after the 2012 election.  —  Twenty-eight subpoenas have been issued as a result …
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John Fund / National Review:
The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back  —  Critics of photo ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they're unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent.  Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Ohio Poll Worker Admits to Voting Twice  —  John Fund reports on 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud in Hamilton County, Ohio and has video of poll worker Melowese Richardson candidly admitting to a local television station that she voted twice in the last presidential election.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Crazed Shooters Can't Be Linked To The Tea Party, Media Displays Admirable Restraint  —  Alleged Los Angeles shooter Christopher Jordan Dorner, influenced by left-leaning media coverage of gun crime in the wake of the Newtown shootings, has virtually paralyzed the City of Angels.
Discussion: National Review
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Los Angeles Times:
Big Bear locked down amid manhunt
Mary Ann Ahern / nbcchicago.com:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. was a once-rising political star.  But he was sidelined by a medical condition and a federal investigation into his finances.  Carol Marin reports.  —  It's been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress …
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Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Jesse Jackson Jr. signs plea deal in federal investigation
Discussion: Politico
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:   Judge Would Decide If Jackson Jr. Goes To Jail Under ‘Blind Plea’ Deal
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
So God Made a Fawner  —  Paul Harvey's ad was terrific.  Steve Kroft's interview was shameful.  —  So many people this week mentioned Jeep's great Super Bowl spot, “So God Made a Farmer,” from a 1978 speech by the late Paul Harvey.  —  Here are some reasons it was great:
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Michael Catalini / NationalJournal.com:
New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio More Popular Than Obama
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Susan Heavey / Reuters:   Hillary Clinton most popular U.S. politician, poll shows
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: CNN, rci.rutgers.edu and msnbc.com
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Jason Volentine / KASW-TV:
Valley doc reacts to N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's angry phone call
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Bill Clinton to Democrats: Come up with a plan  —  LEESBURG, Va. — Former President Bill Clinton had a message for House Democrats on Friday: come up with a plan.  —  Clinton, speaking to the caucus at their retreat, said that heading into the midterm elections Democrats couldn't just run …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Clinton brings warning to House Democrats about 2014 campaign
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?  —  In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Tom Vilsack is Iowans' Senate pick  —  Iowans think the most appealing candidate for U.S. Senate is Democrat Tom Vilsack, someone who so far hasn't shown much interest in the seat.  —  On the day that fellow Democrat Bruce Braley became the first candidate to dive into the 2014 race …
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Will Hagel withdraw?  I'd say 50-50  —  But declining by the day.  No, that hearing last week didn't reflect well on the U.S. Senate.  But he didn't do well in it, either.  He didn't appear that interested in the job.  —  He has the votes, but not much else.
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 …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Colbert to Dems: Congress as unpopular as venereal disease and ‘meth labs’  —  LANSDOWNE, Va. — Stephen Colbert told House Democrats on Friday that people liked colonoscopies more than Congress, that he's “best frenemies” with Nancy Pelosi, and sang a dramatic rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Major Garrett / CBS News:
Despite delay, WH confident of Hagel's confirmation
Ross Eisenbrey / New York Times:
America's Genius Glut
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Fed Has Bought More U.S. Gov't Debt This Year Than Treasury Has Issued
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can't even fly
Alex Leary / MiamiHerald.com:
In immigration debate, evangelicals tie issue to Bible to push Republicans
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
California's state Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package
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Obama Group Runs Afoul of IRS Rules, Its Own Promise
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system
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Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
Tawana Bourne, Connecticut Woman, Allegedly Pulled Loaded Gun At Chuck E. Cheese
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Justin Peters / Slate:
Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world. Why couldn't he save himself?
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