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9:45 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) …
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.
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
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
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’
Discussion: US Politics
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.
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
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
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: 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
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
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
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