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1:40 PM ET, February 18, 2013

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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
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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 …
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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 …
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BuzzFeed:
White House Press Corps “Extremely Frustrated” Over Lack Of Access To Obama Golf Trip
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Former Gov. Palin to address CPAC 2013  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will speak at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  —  “We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” said American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas in a statement.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   TRENDING: Palin in conservative spotlight next month
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Rising Republican star Rubio set to visit Jerusalem  —  Florida senator touted as possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016 visits region; Rubio will meet Peres, Netanyahu, Fayyad.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), an emerging leader in the Republican Party who is considered …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
On Israel trip, Obama to get medal
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Right to Fight  —  It is ironic that the Hagel drama is playing out just as the national commentariat is debating whether Barack Obama's national security policy truly differs from that of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  —  As the Hagel story has played out, we've focused on tactics …
Discussion: The Dish
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Reaganism After Reagan  —  TODAY'S Republicans are very good at tending the fire of Ronald Reagan's memory but not nearly as good at learning from his successes.  They slavishly adhere to the economic program that Reagan developed to meet the challenges of the late 1970s and early 1980s …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
No, Obama Is Not My Daddy - He's My Employee  —  The grotesque spectacle of the State of the Union address, with its lengthy receiving line of adoring sycophants, demonstrates why the President is operating under the delusion that he is more than just our President.
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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
Salon:
Why are men so foolish?  —  Women might be less competitive, but studies show they're also smarter candidates, stock pickers and more  —  Excerpted from “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing”  —  For the first time in human history, women and men commonly compete side by side.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
 
 
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Phoebe Greenwood / Guardian:
Israeli soldier posts Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of rifle
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Jerusalem Post:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Raise That Wage  —  President Obama laid out a number of good ideas …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett anti-haredi conspiracy’
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Our Middle East / Morningstar News:
Muslim Villagers in Egypt Attack Church
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul: Voters ready for Libertarian Republican in 2016
Discussion: Hit & Run
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama
Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Gun dealers report shortages of ammunition
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries
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