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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Feinstein rejects NYT on Benghazi  —  The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that key conclusions of a recent New York Times investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attack are wrong.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) rejected the Times's conclusion that al Qaeda …
Armed Services Republicans:
Declassified Transcripts of Benghazi Briefings Released
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Is Getting Christie's Last Pound of Flesh the Best Use of State Resources?  —  One of the (many) things wrong with politics today is that we are attempting to criminalize poor political behavior.  —  The course is predictable.  An elected official or a staffer does something that is terribly wrong …
Discussion: First Read
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Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Codey: Some Democrats tried to quash investigation into bridge scandal to protect Christie
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Aide Fired by Christie Is Called Loyal Team Player, Not Rogue Operative
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Governor Hopes Speech Will Obscure a Scandal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
After the bridge scandal, a test for Chris Christie
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says  —  (Abedin Taherkenareh / European Pressphoto Agency / February 3, 2007) … WASHINGTON - Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged …
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Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
House Maneuvers in Bid to Pass Iran Bill Over Obama's Objections  —  House leaders are planning to take up Senate legislation to enact new sanctions against Iran, a surprise move that would intensify a standoff between the White House and Congress in the wake of progress this past weekend …
Investor Relations:
Google to Acquire Nest  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.  —  Nest's mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nest Says Customer Data From Devices Will Only Be Used For Nest Products And Services
Discussion: Wired, PandoDaily and Gigaom
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The IRS Scandal, Day 250: FBI Says No Criminal Charges in IRS Probe  —  Wall Street Journal: Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe:  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't plan to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's heightened scrutiny of conservative groups …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise  —  Congressional negotiators late Monday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Spending bill rolls back funding for controversial ObamaCare programs
The Hill:
President's goal for NSA reform — no more Edward Snowdens  —  The Obama administration plans to overhaul the nation's security clearance system to prevent future intelligence leaks like the one by former defense contractor Edward Snowden.  —  The changes, part of a package of reforms President Obama …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
U.S. Congressman to marry same-sex partner  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-New York, will marry his longtime partner, designer Randy Florke, the couple announced Monday.  —  “After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family,” they said in a statement.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Rep. Sean Maloney Is Engaged To His Longtime Partner, Randy Florke
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
Supreme Court questions Obama's recess appointment power  —  The Supreme Court seems poised to rule Obama's 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional, with some of the high court's conservatives sounding eager to return to a view of recess appointments not held since the horse and buggy days.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner On W.Va. Chemical Spill: ‘We Have Enough Regulations’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) doesn't believe the GOP should reconsider its deregulation agenda after a massive, coal-linked chemical spill left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without tap water at a site state regulators last fully inspected in 1991.
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Wesley Chapel / FOX 13 News:
Man killed after dispute over texting in theater  —  A moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County theater Monday afternoon after a dispute over texting with a retired police officer.  —  According to the sheriff's office, the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of 'Lone Survivor …
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Investor's Business Daily:
This Is What Government-Run Health Care Looks Like  —  Socialized Medicine: More than two-thirds of the public don't think the government can be trusted to run the nation's health care system successfully.  ObamaCare is proving these skeptics right.  —  The public might not agree on much these days …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Who's Getting Obamacare?  These Four Charts Give Some Big Clues  —  The Obama Administration has released detailed information about enrollment in the Affordable Care Act—not just how many people are signing up for insurance, but also what kind of people and what plans they are choosing.
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Top New York Post columnist Fredric Dicker calls Newtown shooting ‘little convenient massacre’; Sandy Hook families demand apology  —  Dicker, who made the comment Monday on his WGDJ talk show, said that Gov. Cuomo was able to push anti-gun legislation after 'he had a little convenient massacre …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
All Your Health Are Belong to Us  —  An ObamaCare progress report.  Well, a report.  —  “Expect the unexpected” has been good advice for anyone following American economic news since 2009.  That news has usually been bad, and almost always “unexpectedly” so.
Discussion: TIME, Mediaite, BuzzFeed, Ed Driscoll and AEIdeas
Ynetnews:
Ya'alon: Kerry should win his Nobel and leave us alone  —  Defense Minister says in private that US security plan 'not worth the paper it's written on', insists Kerry ‘cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians’.  —  Shimon Shiffer  —  While the United States …
 
 
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