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1:25 PM ET, February 9, 2013

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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher Blasts Donald Trump for Suit Over Orangutan Joke  —  Anyone who is a regular reader of this site is probably already familiar with Donald Trump's threat to sue Bill Maher over his joke where he asked flame thrower and birther for proof that he was not the result of his mother having sex with an orangutan.
Discussion: alan.com
New York Times:
Mr. Menendez's Ethics Problem  —  Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority.  Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Feeds
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Roberta Smith / ArtsBeat:
The Secret Art of George W. Bush  —  W. paints!  Who would have thought it?  Thanks to a hacker known as Guccifer who wormed into the computer of the 43rd president's sister, the world has learned that George W. Bush is an amateur - I would say serious amateur - painter.
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Andy Borowitz / Borowitz Report:
U.S. Cancels Regular Drone Strikes on Saturdays  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Citing budgetary concerns, the United States announced today that it would discontinue regular Saturday drone strikes on U.S. citizens, beginning in 2014.  —  In announcing the decision …
Kelsey Snell / Politico:
Obama's Treasury pick hits Cayman Island snag  —  An investment Jack Lew made in the Cayman Islands has been flagged as an issue in the Treasury secretary nominee's vetting by the Senate Finance Committee, according to multiple sources close to the confirmation process.
New York Times:
Heavy Snow and Winds Batter Northeast  —  A ferocious storm system pummeled the Northeast on Saturday, burying some parts of region in more than two feet of snow and leaving more than 650,000 homes and businesses without power, mostly in New England.  —  After a day of pelting wet snow …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt minority groups, single mothers  —  The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Christopher Dorner Vanished, May Have Very Powerful Weapons  —  Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner has vanished.  —  More than 24 hours after Dorner allegedly shot and killed one police officer and injured two others, police say they have no idea where the former cop with a vendetta against police has gone.
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L.A. NOW:
Dorner manhunt: Lawyer calls shootings of paper carriers ‘unacceptable’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Sandy Mazza / Daily Breeze:
Christopher Dorner: A look at the man behind the mayhem
Discussion: The Raw Story
BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TO TESTIFY IN SENATE NEXT WEEK—WITH ICE AGENT WHO CANNOT ARREST HIM  —  Breitbart News has learned that one of the witnesses at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on immigration next week will be outspoken illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas …
Elizabeth Scalia / The Anchoress:
Our Future Will be Hunger Games USA  —  The nation is already accustomed to watching “reality shows” where ordinary folk — their foibles and failures — are served up as entertainment.  And we're already comfortable with an idea of separate standards for the elite folk who fly private jets …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
First lady to mourn slain teen  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Saturday plans to attend the funeral of a 15-year-old Chicago girl gunned down outside her school, a gesture both personal and political in nature.  —  Hadiya Pendleton, the South Side teen who was shot a just over a mile …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP  —  Washington (CNN) - Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.
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Mike Rappaport / The Originalism Blog:
Originalism and Drone StrikesMichael Ramsey  —  With drones strikes on U.S. citizens in the news (and see here for Jonathan Adler's roundup of commentary), below is the latest version of my originalist assessment of the matter.  (An earlier version, focused on the al-Awlaki episode of 2011 …
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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Telegraph:
Stafford scandal: Jeremy Hunt calls for police inquiry into NHS
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Jonathan V. Last / Los Angeles Times:
Fertility and immigration
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Senator Introduces Bill To End Huge Corporate Tax Giveaway
Politico:
Obama hails Panetta in farewell ceremony
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Carl Levin:
Levin: GOP requests for Hagel disclosure “go far beyond” committee standards
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
David Weigel / Slate:
Republicans Start to Get Wobbly on Sequester
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mother Jones
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Maryland Middle School Promotes Ex-Gay Therapy To Students
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Never felt so safe’: Second Amendment rallies draw gun-toting citizens to state capitols [photos]
Discussion: Nice Deb
 Earlier Items: 
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Amish Sect Leader Gets 15 Years in Beard-Cutting Attacks
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story, NPR and Hatewatch
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Obama to Help House Democrats Recruit Candidates
Shane Bacon / Yahoo! Sports:
Condoleezza Rice hit spectator in head during first round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Discussion: The Reaction and Balloon Juice
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Using Twitter, Facebook To Troll Obama On Sequester
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Daily Kos
Sam Jones / Guardian:
Asteroid will come closer than satellites - but it's not the end of the world
Discussion: The Other McCain
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 

 
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Local police in US giving families free ComputerCop keylogging software in “Internet Safety” initiative

Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans

 
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