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5:00 PM ET, February 18, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
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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Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Peres to give Obama Medal of Distinction  —  President will honor his American counterpart for standing with Israel ‘in times of crisis’  —  It is doubtful US President Barack Obama will rack up many tangible policy achievements during his upcoming Middle East trip.
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Rising Republican star Rubio set to visit Jerusalem
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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.
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 …
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama  —  A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Obama last November should be fired, the college's president recommended.  —  Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics …
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) …
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
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.
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
In GOP Civil War, No Easy Answers  —  Republicans continue to argue about whether the party needs to take steps to prevent the next Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin and Ken Buck, as well as how it might do so.  —  Those inept and seriously flawed candidates lost races that other Republicans would have won easily.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Denver Post:
Colorado House passes ban on concealed weapons on campus, slew of other gun bills  —  Concealed weapons on college campuses would be banned under a bill passed Monday in the Colorado House, legislation part of a Democratic gun control package that cleared the House the same day.
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
Politico:
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire  —  Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns announced on Monday that he would retire in January 2015, a surprise decision by a Republican senator who was considered in a strong position for reelection next year.  —  The retirement of Johanns — a former GOP governor …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Fox News:
Terrorist serving life for role in 1993 WTC bombing reportedly sues to end solitary  —  A convicted terrorist serving life with no parole plus 240 years for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has reportedly filed a lawsuit arguing he should be let out of solitary confinement.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
After 15 years in solitary, convicted terrorist pleads for contact with others
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
 
 
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why Barron's Went With That Ridiculous Cover Story On Obama Turning America Into Greece
Discussion: Paul Krugman
David Frum / CNN:
Obama needs a ‘Plan B’ on guns
Thomas E. Donilon / New York Times:
Hezbollah Unmasked  —  ON FEB. 5, after more than six months …
Discussion: The Times of Israel and CNN
Eric Henderson / CBS Minnesota:
Sen. Dibble Plans To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill This Week
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Salon:
Why are men so foolish?  —  Women might be less competitive …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Right to Fight  —  It is ironic that the Hagel drama is playing …
Discussion: The Dish
David Lev / Arutz Sheva:
Islamists ‘Islamicize’ Egyptian Singer With Female Caftan
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: The Raw Story
John Markoff / New York Times:
Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and News Desk
Jerusalem Post:
‘Zygier gave Mossad secrets to Australian agency’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Congressional staffers often travel on tabs of foreign governments
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