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8:45 AM ET, February 18, 2013

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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 …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama  —  During an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted that Republicans are likely to oppose any immigration reform proposal introduced by President Obama …
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’  —  President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, will likely be confirmed next week, one of his most dogged opponents said Sunday.  —  “I'm confident that Sen. Hagel will probably …
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.
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CNN:
Obama tees off with Tiger Woods
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
Jerusalem Post:
‘Zygier gave Mossad secrets to Australian agency’  —  Australian broadcaster claims ‘Prisoner X’ gave internal Australian intel agency detailed information on Mossad operations, including a major operation in Italy, that had been planned over a period of several years.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
ABC News Calls Out Paul Ryan For Hypocrisy Over Looming Budget Cuts  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl confronted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his past support for the sequester, just as the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate sought to blame President Obama for the automatic across-the-board cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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Nicki Rossoll / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich: 'I'll take a Paul Ryan Position' on the Possibility of a Political Run
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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
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 Algemeiner.com
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio Has Sold More Than 3100 Water Bottles, Raising $100,000  —  The Senator has used the viral hit to launch a successful fundraising drive for his PAC, taking in more than $100,000.  —  When Marco Rubio paused to take a sip from a water bottle during his response to the State …
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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Rand Paul: Voters ready for Libertarian Republican in 2016
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Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees
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Brendan Carlin / Daily Mail:
Now they want to tax jewellery: New Lib Dem wealth plan to target ALL assets - including buy-to-let homes
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The End of a Catholic Moment
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Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Abortion Limits
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