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9:55 AM ET, February 18, 2013

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Mike Allen / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON UNVEILS FIRST PHASE OF NEW LIFE — Rubio's last laugh — POTUS golfs with Tiger — 10th anniv. of Iraq war is March 19; MSNBC special 9 p.m. — Yoko Ono is 80  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hit the paid speaking circuit this spring (likely April or May) …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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New York Times:
Obama's Plan Sees 8-Year Wait for Illegal Immigrants  —  WASHINGTON — A plan by President Obama for an overhaul of the immigration system would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship that could begin after about eight years and would require them to go to the back of the line behind …
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project  —  Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
BuzzFeed:
White House Press Corps “Extremely Frustrated” Over Lack Of Access To Obama Golf Trip
Discussion: Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama
CNN:
Obama tees off with Tiger Woods
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Nicki Rossoll / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich: 'I'll take a Paul Ryan Position' on the Possibility of a Political Run
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
McCain claims ‘massive cover-up’ on Benghazi  —  While discussing the contentious confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, things got a bit heated on Sunday's “Meet The Press” when Sen. John McCain referred to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’
Discussion: About.com US Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Rubio PAC raises $100,000 from sale of water bottles  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has raised more than $100,000 thanks to his water break moment during last week's GOP response to the State of the Union, according to a report.  —  Rubio's political action committee began selling …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Congressional staffers often travel on tabs of foreign governments  —  About a dozen congressional staffers flew business class on a trip to China last summer and stayed at luxury hotels while touring the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and receiving a “briefing on ancient artifacts and dynasties” at the Shanghai Museum.
Discussion: Cause of Action
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Alabama County's Challenge to Voting Rights Act  —  EVERGREEN, Ala. — Jerome Gray, a 74-year-old black man, has voted in every election since 1974 in this verdant little outpost of some 4,000 people halfway between Mobile and Montgomery.
City Press:
Exclusive - The case against Oscar  —  A bloodied cricket bat is the central piece of evidence in the unfolding murder investigation into ReevaSteenkamp's death.  —  City Press can reveal that police are investigating different scenarios involving the bat - one of which is that her boyfriend …
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Supporter of Iranian dictatorship brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 speech  —  A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Raise That Wage  —  President Obama laid out a number of good ideas in his State of the Union address.  Unfortunately, almost all of them would require spending money — and given Republican control of the House of Representatives, it's hard to imagine that happening.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
nbcmiami.com:
Bright Streak Lights Up Florida Night Sky; Likely Sporadic Meteor, Expert Says  —  Coast Guard says it received reports of “orange or red fireballs in the sky.”  —  South Floridians who happened to be looking in the right place at the right time Sunday night saw one spectacular light show, likely a sporadic meteor.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Our Middle East / Morningstar News:
Muslim Villagers in Egypt Attack Church  —  Fayoum, Egypt.  —  CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) - Muslim villagers in Egypt's Fayoum Province attacked a church this weekend - pelting four Christians with rocks, setting parts of the church building on fire and tearing down a cross atop the structure, witnesses said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett anti-haredi conspiracy’  —  Netanyahu tells ministers Lapid and Bennett are advancing themselves at the country's expense, according to Likud sources.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is furious at what he believes is a conspiracy by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Algemeiner.com
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Robin Kelly wins rival Toi Hutchinson's support in Illinois race  —  Illinois congressional candidate Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the special election race for disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson's seat on Sunday and endorsed rival Democrat Robin Kelly.  —  Hutchinson's withdrawal means Kelly …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain
Jerusalem Post:
‘Zygier gave Mossad secrets to Australian agency’
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul: Voters ready for Libertarian Republican in 2016
Discussion: Hit & Run
Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Gun dealers report shortages of ammunition
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brendan Carlin / Daily Mail:
Now they want to tax jewellery: New Lib Dem wealth plan to target ALL assets - including buy-to-let homes
Discussion: BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
ABC News Calls Out Paul Ryan For Hypocrisy Over Looming Budget Cuts
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Support for gun checks
Discussion: protein wisdom and alan.com
New York Times:
The Real Cost of Shrinking Government
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Unparalyze Us  —  I WAS struck by one particular moment …
Discussion: CEPR, Hullabaloo and Seeing the Forest
 

 
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