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4:05 PM ET, February 8, 2013

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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.) …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Using Twitter, Facebook To Troll Obama On Sequester
Discussion: Speaker.gov and Daily Kos
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Call Obama's sequester bluff
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
Discussion: Business Insider and NPR
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Report: Jackson Jr. signs plea deal
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Judge Would Decide If Jackson Jr. Goes To Jail Under ‘Blind Plea’ Deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Sandy Mazza / Daily Breeze:
Christopher Dorner: A look at the man behind the mayhem  —  The final straw for Christopher Jordan Dorner grew out of a relatively minor arrest outside San Pedro's DoubleTree hotel nearly five years ago.  —  Dorner and his training officer were called to the well-manicured hotel because a scruffy …
Discussion: Guardian
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Crazed Shooters Can't Be Linked To The Tea Party, Media Displays Admirable Restraint
Discussion: National Review
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: rci.rutgers.edu, CNN and msnbc.com
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Jason Volentine / KASW-TV:
Valley doc reacts to N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's angry phone call  —  PHOENIX — A prominent Valley doctor is standing her ground following a heavy-weight war of words between her and the oft-combative governor of New Jersey.  —  Dr. Connie Mariano was the White House doctor for nine years …
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
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.
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:
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 …
Ross Eisenbrey / New York Times:
America's Genius Glut  —  WHILE genuine immigration reform has the potential to fix a seriously broken system, four senators have introduced a bill to solve a problem we don't have: the supply of high-tech workers.  —  The bill's authors, led by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah …
Discussion: Business Insider, AEIdeas and Hit & Run
Byron Tau / Politico:
Tea Party Patriots launches super PAC  —  One of the nation's top tea party groups unveiled a new super PAC on Friday.  —  The Tea Party Patriots launched Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a group that they claim will target “big-spending” politicians of both parties.
Discussion: CNN
Will Oremus / Slate:
Fox News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny Like Germany  —  Just another sun-soaked afternoon in Pillnitz, eastern Germany.  —  Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours.
BuzzFeed:
New Jersey Fire Fighters Sworn In On iPad Bible App  —  Four Atlantic City, N.J., firemen were promoted to the rank of battalion chief Friday morning.  But when officials at City Hall couldn't find a Bible for the oath of office, they decided to use an iPad Bible app instead.  —  Dan Oshinsky
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Insurance as Punishment  —  The latest assault on the Second Amendment.  —  If you can't force people to do what you want, force them to buy insurance: That seems to be the strategy of the liberal left in the Obama era.  We refer not only to the ObamaCare health-insurance mandate …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
 
 
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Sam Jones / Guardian:
Asteroid will come closer than satellites - but it's not the end of the world
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged
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Obama says he will focus on ‘job creation’
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Colbert to Dems: Congress as unpopular as venereal disease and ‘meth labs’
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Michael Catalini / NationalJournal.com:
New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio More Popular Than Obama
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Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can't even fly
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obama Group Runs Afoul of IRS Rules, Its Own Promise
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Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system
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Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world. Why couldn't he save himself?
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