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7:10 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 …
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
Jamelle Bouie / The Plum Line:
Marco Rubio is against administration's Rubio-esque immigration plan  —  Comprehensive immigration reform remains one of the few issues where Washington is making process.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) has been shopping his plan to Republicans and Democrats, while in his State of the Union …
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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 …
Politico:
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire  —  Heineman gave few hints about his thinking in a Monday press conference, in which he thanked Johanns for his service.  The governor said he was considering getting into the race but had not made a final decision and that he had yet to speak to his wife …
Discussion: Roll Call, The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
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Politico:
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
On Israel trip, Obama to get medal
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
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) …
BuzzFeed:
Sexy U.S. Presidents: Would You Hit It Or Quit It?  —  How bone-able are these presidential h0tties?  —  Katie Notopoulos  —  an hour ago  —  28 responses
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
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.
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:   Palin in conservative spotlight next month
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why Barron's Went With That Ridiculous Cover Story On Obama Turning America Into Greece  —  In case you missed it, quiet financial newspaper Barron's took a huge swipe at Obama in its latest cover, promising that if he got his way, the US would be on the road to Greece.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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
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.
David Frum / CNN:
Obama needs a ‘Plan B’ on guns  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.”  Frum was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.
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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain  —  The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and News Desk
 
 
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New York Times:
Sidebar: Bucking Trend, Supreme Court Still Rejects Video Coverage
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
In speech to GOP in St. Louis, Jindal urges a focus on economic growth
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program
Discussion: The National Memo
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.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
No, Obama Is Not My Daddy - He's My Employee
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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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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nbcmiami.com:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Jerusalem Post:
‘Zygier gave Mossad secrets to Australian agency’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 

 
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