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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
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Codey: Some Democrats tried to quash investigation into bridge scandal to protect Christie  —  State Sen. Richard Codey wouldn't name names, but he said some Democrats tried to “stop cold” an investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal to protect Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Is Getting Christie's Last Pound of Flesh the Best Use of State Resources?
Discussion: First Read
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 …
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  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday trumpeted funding cuts to some of the GOP's most despised ObamaCare programs in the newly unveiled $1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
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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James Oliphant / NationalJournal.com:
If You Want Obama to Rein In the NSA, You're About to Be Disappointed  —  The president will embrace some surveillance reforms, but he's not about to scale back the national security state.  —  President Obama has a rare opportunity this week to reshape the nation's counterterrorism strategy.
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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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
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 …
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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Steve Almasy / CNN:
Two shot at Florida movie theater; suspect in custody
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.
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
Jimmy LaSalvia:
No Party  —  A new Gallup poll came out last week showing that a record number of Americans, 42%, reject both major political parties and identify as independent.  Republicans are at a historic low of only 27%.  —  I've said for a long time that both John McCain and Mitt Romney won independents …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Reuters and CBS DC
Sarah Petersen / Deseret News:
Mitt Romney dances on stage with Mormon artist Alex Boye at YSA event (+video)  —  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney attended a regional conference for young single adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The conference was held at Arizona State University on Jan. 11 …
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 …
 
 
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