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6:30 PM ET, January 24, 2013


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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Filibuster Reform 2013, Harry Reid Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster, Harry Reid Mitch Mcconnell Filibuster Reform, Jeff Merkley Filibuster Reform …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Harry Reid: “I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform.  The deal is this: The filibuster will not be reformed.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and McConnell reach tentative deal to change filibuster rules
Discussion:, Right Turn and
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Leaders Finalize Scaled-Back Filibuster Deal
Discussion: Main Street and ACS Blog
David Weigel / Slate:
Final Filibuster Reform Deal Largely Based on John McCain and Carl Levin's Proposals
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid, McConnell reach Senate filibuster deal
Discussion: CNN
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As ‘Tampering With Evidence’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Abortion Tampering With Evidence, Cathrynn Brown Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Bill, New Mexico Abortion Evidence, New Mexico Abortion Law, New Mexico Rape Abortion, Politics News
Fox News:
Tancredo vows to smoke pot, in promo for film about Colorado's successful legalization effort  —  FILE: Nov. 12, 2007: Former presidential candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., at a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.REUTERS  —  Tokin' Tom Tancredo?  Not exactly.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo loses bet, will smoke pot  —  The former congressman and anti-illegal immigration activist had told the maker of a documentary about the ballot initiative that he would smoke pot if the measure passed, despite not being a drug user.  On Nov. 6, Colorado voters approved marijuana …
Discussion: The Greenroom
Talking Points Memo:
Tom Tancredo To Smoke Pot
Discussion: Mediaite
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Feinstein calls for banning more than 150 types of firearms during dramatic press conference  —  WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein staged a dramatic press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with 10 weapons at her side and unveiled legislation instituting a government ban …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Biden's gun advice for earthquakes
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘So You Want to Keep People Away in an Earthquake? Buy Some Shotgun Shells’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and NY Daily News
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Republican Electoral College Plan Would Undermine Democracy  —  Republicans are struggling to right their ship after the defeat of 2012.  The unfavorable demographic trends for the GOP that we describe in our new book, Barack Obama and the New America, have sunk in, and the party knows it must do something.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election, In Six Pictures … Yesterday, Virginia Republicans took the first step to move a GOP plan to rig the Electoral College forward in that state.  Similar plans are under consideration in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Group Working To Reform Electoral College Condemns GOP's ‘Indefensible’ Virginia Scheme
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold Fundraiser For Chris Christie  —  The tech mogul and his wife “admire [Christie's] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's schoolchildren,” a spokesperson tells BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Politico, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Donovan Slack / Politico:
VIDEO: Obama bugged by fly  —  Handlers go to great lengths to manage the settings President Obama appears in, from lighting to yes, even insect repelling.  For example, they doused a Camp David podium with bug spray last year before a G-8 announcement.  —  But there have been moments …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Fly proves buzzkill for Obama at White House event
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
3 Incredibly Outrageous Evasions by Hillary Clinton About Benghazi  —  During a long day of testifying before House and Senate panels, outgoing Secretary of State - and presumptive Democratic Party candidate for the presidency in 2016 - Hillary Clinton batted away contentious questions …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Pitches a Benghazi Shutout
Discussion: Right Turn
Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal speaking truth to GOP power  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver a forceful denunciation of his party's Washington-centric focus in a speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday evening, arguing that the GOP is fighting the wrong fight as it seeks to rebuild from losses at the ballot box last November.
Beth Reinhard /
GOP Plots Path Back to Power
Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs  —  If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.  —  Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance …
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
The Silly Conservative Freak-Out Over Women in Combat  —  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon plans to lift a 1994 prohibition on women serving in combat roles.  The announcement prompted an ill-informed outcry from conservatives, who were perhaps unaware …
John Tomasic / The Colorado Independent:
In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people  —  Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year's Day 2006.  She was vomiting and short of breath …
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue  —  National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state …
Twitter Blog:
Vine: A new way to share video  —  Today, we're introducing Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos.  Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity.  Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry: The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class  —  Household spending on food, housing, utilities, etc. has fallen from 53% of disposable income in 1950 to 32% today.  —  A favorite “progressive” trope is that America's middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s.
Discussion: AEIdeas, Wonkblog, EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Obama ‘would object’ to annihilation of Republican Party  —  Um, bipartisanship?  President Barack Obama “would object” to the annihilation of the Republican Party, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday.  His comments came two days after Republican House Speaker John Boehner charged …
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Study Casts Light on Political Robo-Polls
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Plan unveiled for the next generation of Metro
Discussion: Washington Wire and WJLA-TV
Washington Post:
Banning of protester from D.C. after inauguration ignites debate on free speech
Discussion: The Mahablog and The BLT
Orlando Sentinel:
Analysis: 201,000 in Florida didn't vote because of long lines
Liaquat Ahamed / The New Republic:
Timothy Geithner on Populism, Paul Ryan, and His Legacy
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple and OpenAI are preparing a major announcement of their partnership at WWDC; the new AirTag with a better chip is scheduled to arrive by mid-2025

Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
OpenAI pulls ChatGPT's Sky voice that users say sounds like Scarlett Johansson, says it is an actress' voice and wasn't chosen to be an “imitation” of Johansson

Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
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