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7:20 AM ET, January 23, 2013


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The Times:
Exclusive: Beyoncé lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration  —  Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama's inauguration.  —  Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer's spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times …
Chris Campbell / Washingtonian After Hours Blog:
Confirmed: Beyoncé Lip-Synced “The Star-Spangled Banner”
James C. McKinley Jr / ArtsBeat:
Beyoncé's Inauguration Performance: Live or Prerecorded?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option.  —  “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on.
Two shot at Lone Star College in north Houston  —  HOUSTON (KTRK) — A campus spokesperson has confirmed shots have been fired on the campus of Lone Star College in north Houston.  Two victims have suffered gunshot wounds, according to the Harris County Emergency Corp.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exit polls: Netanyahu, Right suffer blow, Lapid big winner  —  Israel goes Leftward as Right bloc's majority razor-thin; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's …
Barry Rubin /
Israel's Election: A Preliminary Analysis
New York Times:
Exit Polls in Israel Suggest Netanyahu's Showing Is Weaker Than Expected
Lautenberg: Booker ‘entitled’ to run, but no decision yet  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who might face a 2014 primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, said his fellow Democrat is “entitled” to run if he chooses to but suggested that he had to give a “spanking” to his potential rival for so openly coveting his seat.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
House Republican Leader Blames Gun Violence On ‘Welfare Moms’  —  Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the fifth-ranking House Republican, laid the blame for gun violence at the feet of an unusual suspect: the children of “welfare moms” who commit fraud.  —  In a meeting with constituents earlier …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Paul Ryan slams Obama ‘straw man’ speech
Jay Busbee / Yahoo! Sports:
Phil Mickelson warns of ‘drastic changes’ because of state, federal tax situation [UPDATED]  —  Phil Mickelson loves throwing boulders into the placid pond that is golf, and watching the ripples spill over the sides.  Whether it's rules changes or course design, Mickelson isn't shy about speaking his mind.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Report: Boehner's inauguration smoke joke had first lady's eyes rolling  —  Having a smoke is no joke to Michelle Obama.  —  A lip-reader claims Speaker John Boehner's question about cigarettes at the inaugural luncheon is what triggered an eye roll from the first lady.
Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Barack Obama Is Boring  —  I was not going to comment on President Obama's second inaugural address until I saw a headline quoting a line from the speech: “We are made for this moment.”  —  Really?  “This moment”—again?  —  “This moment” was in Obama's big speech in Berlin as a candidate …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ben Popper / The Verge:
As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected  —  Programmers and politicians spar over sharing the campaign-winning code with the public  —  The tech team behind the 2012 Obama campaign has probably received more attention than any political programmers in history.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House GOP debt-limit bill gains momentum ahead of floor vote  —  A House Republican bill to suspend the debt ceiling through May 19 gained momentum on Tuesday ahead of an expected vote on Wednesday.  —  The White House blessed the GOP measure, with press secretary Jay Carney calling it …
Warren Ward /
Dr. King's Dream for the Global Strike Team  —  Air Force Global Strike Command Programming Division  —  BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 83rd birthday was Jan. 15. . . His courageous crusade for equality was first nationally recognized on Jan. 20, 1986 …
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Clinton 2008 now debt-free  —  More than four years after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign is finally debt-free, new reports filed by the campaign show.  —  Clinton's campaign committee paid off about $25 million in debt and now has a surplus of $204,832.
Discussion: The Fix and CNN
Scott Olson / CBS St. Louis:
Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce Obama's Gun Control Laws  —  JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo (KMOX) - As President Barack Obama continues to push gun control proposals in Washington D.C., Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County is asking fellow law enforcers to sign and send this letter to the president.
Ibrahim Mshelizza / Reuters:
Suspected Islamists kill 23 in two Nigeria attacks  —  (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 23 people in northern Nigeria in attacks that appeared to target gamblers and people selling ‘forbidden’ meat that Islamist militants disapprove of, officials and locals said on Tuesday.
Catherine Candisky / The Columbus Dispatch:
State school-board president defends Hitler post on Facebook  —  Not comparing him to Obama, she says  —  State Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she was not comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler when she posted a photograph of the Nazi leader on her Facebook page …
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry  —  View Photo Gallery — The David Petraeus scandal: Cast of characters: A scandal that began with the relationship between retired Gen. David Petraeus, the director of the CIA, and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, had mushroomed.
Discussion: New York Times, Hot Air and Wired
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Exploring Improbable Ways He Might Buy the New York Times  —  Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the last year trying to make news, first with his birther obsession, and more recently demanding comedian Bill Maher pay him $5 million.  (Maher offered the sum for proof Trump wasn't the …
Discussion: Business Insider
Business Wire:
Production Begins on DreamWorks' WikiLeaks Project “The Fifth Estate”  —  Drama Will Open in Theaters November 15, 2013 Participant Media Joins Project  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Verge
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Ken Cuccinelli: I'm Fighting The Contraception Mandate Just Like Martin Luther King, Jr.  —  Virginia chooses a new governor this November, and Democrats are already firing with both barrels at state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the likely Republican nominee to replace Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).
Discussion: Blue Virginia and The Raw Story
Judicial Watch:
JW Special Report: “The Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012: Analysis and Further Questions” … Judicial Watch Analysis on Eve of Hillary Clinton Hill Testimony Finds Continued State Department Duplicity, Questions Department Commitment to Protect Security of Overseas Diplomats
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
NAACP head: Black woman for SCOTUS
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Meaning of the Inaugural Address
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Al Franken in good shape so far
Discussion: Truthdig and Taegan Goddard's …
Bali Briton death penalty condemned
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First Thoughts: An emboldened Obama
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Biden's moves spark talk of a 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: Politico and CBS DC
 Earlier Items: 
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What do the Beltway moderates actually want?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Red state Dems squeamish about gun background checks
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jason Wu: ‘Still pinching myself’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
U.S. Trade Representative Kirk stepping down
Discussion: Politico
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The American Case Against a Black Middle Class