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11:40 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) …
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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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’
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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: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
No excuse to lift the filibuster  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed on “Fox News Sunday” that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel responded to his letter jointly signed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) asking whether he made the reported comment at Rutgers University that the State Department …
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
Alec fast & slur-ious  —  Blasts Post fotog in a ‘racist’ rant  —  Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a “crackhead” and a “drug dealer” during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Historic oversight corrected: Film ‘Lincoln’ inspires look into slavery vote  —  Oscar-nominated “Lincoln,” which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, played a role in Mississippi officially ratifying the amendment this month — a century and a half later.
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.
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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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 …
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
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Sanford in first ad: ‘None of us go through life without mistakes’  —  (CNN) - Former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford addressed the controversy that derailed his marriage and reputation in his first television ad for the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.
 
 
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