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3:20 PM ET, January 25, 2013


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Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
COURT: OBAMA APPOINTMENTS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Melanie Trottman / Wall Street Journal:
Court Rules Obama Recess Appointments Unconstitutional  —  A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.  —  The three-judge panel said that as a result …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bill Mears / CNN:
Appeals court rules Obama recess appointments unconstitutional
Michael Sluss / Blue Ridge Caucus:
GOP Sen. Smith opposes bill to allocate presidential electoral votes by congressional district  —  If a bill to reapportion Virginia's presidential electoral votes by congressional district is a Republican plot, someone forgot to tell state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Bedford County.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Rigging” the electoral system only is bad when it hurts Democrats  —  As things stand now, the Electoral College favors Democrats because they are all but guaranteed to win a small number of large winner take all states, such as California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:   GOP senators will oppose VA electoral change
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Plan to Take the Electoral-Vote-Rigging Scheme National
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss: Frustration with Washington drove him out  —  U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the leader of a bipartisan effort to address the federal deficit, this morning pointed to gridlock in Washington for his decision not to seek a third term in 2014.  —  A statement just released by his office includes this:
Manu Raju / Politico:
Saxby Chambliss to retire
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Is Hillary seeing double?  Daily News analysis points out the Secretary of State may suffer from vision impairments following a concussion and blood clot near her brain  —  A close inspection of Hillary Clinton's glasses worn during her Wednesday testimony on Benghazi shows an adhesive Fresnel prism …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jiltin' Joe?  Obama does ‘60 Minutes’ with Hillary Clinton  —  At the end of a week filled with talk about Joe Biden's presidential prospects, Barack Obama will sit down for a television interview with ... Hillary Clinton.  —  The joint interview Friday afternoon is set to air Sunday on CBS's “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Clinton to appear in joint ‘60 Minutes’ interview
Discussion: Shakesville
Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick: Solving the Immigration Puzzle  —  Some want illegals to return to their native countries and ‘wait in line’ like everyone else.  There is no line.  —  The nation's capital is awash with ideas about how to fix America's immigration policy.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to unveil immigration plan  —  President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform at an event Tuesday in Las Vegas, the White House said Friday.  —  In a statement, the White House said the president's proposal would call for legislation to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Discussion: Politico
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama names McDonough chief of staff … Shaking up his executive team for the second term, President Obama on Friday named long-time aide and deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough to be his White House chief of staff.  —  The chief of staff's main task is “making sure we're …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Obama Brings Pollster Into White House
Caren Bohan / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Denis McDonough, Obama's New Chief of Staff?
Discussion: Business Insider
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Full text: Bobby Jindal's dynamite speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte … Below is the text of Gov. Bobby Jindal's full speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte, N.C. delivered Thursday night.  —  Thank you all for having me here tonight.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My God, Could This Be True?  —  Much like with Mitt Romney, it seems that Benjamin Netanyahu had no idea of the electoral drubbing headed his way, despite the fact that independent pollsters very much did see it coming.  Yes, you guessed it: Netanyahu's pollsters were apparently skewing his poll data.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Reaffirmed: 4 Pinocchios for a misleading Mitt Romney ad on Chrysler and China  —  “Who will do more for the auto industry?  Not Barack Obama.  Fact checkers confirm that his attacks on Mitt Romney are false.  The truth?  Mitt Romney has a plan to help the auto industry.
Discussion: Politico, Poynter and Daily Kos
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Lynch set to run for US Senate in special election  —  US Representative Stephen F. Lynch plans to announce next week that he will challenge his congressional colleague Edward J. Markey for the Democratic nomination in the special US Senate election to fill John F. Kerry's seat, according to people with direct knowledge of his decision.
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and Post Politics
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ex-Officer for C.I.A. Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak Case  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The first Central Intelligence Agency officer to face prison for disclosing classified information, was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison by a judge at the federal courthouse here.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deficit Hawks Down  —  President Obama's second Inaugural Address offered a lot for progressives to like.  There was the spirited defense of gay rights; there was the equally spirited defense of the role of government, and, in particular, of the safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Tom Wilkinson / The Independent:
Comic book hero Judge Dredd ‘might be gay’  —  First picture of the latest edition of comic 2000 AD, titled Closet, shows Dredd kissing another man  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science  —  Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Discussion: Truthdig and Suburban Guerrilla
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
We Must Do Something About The Media  —  It's important.  —  I already mentioned the media's Hillary Tributes, but there's even more of it.  —  And I've mentioned this before, but I'm truly alarmed about it: What we are witnessing is the full and seamless fusion of media power with government power.
The United States Department of Justice:
Morrison Man Arrested For Possession Of Improvised Explosive Devices  —  DENVER - Richard Lawrence Sandberg, age 35, of Morrison, Colorado, was arrested this morning by Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Attorney John Walsh …
Discussion: The Raw Story, Booman Tribune and CNN
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul  —  Associated Press/Paul Sakuma, File - FILE - In a June 11, 2007 file photo, Helen Heinlo smokes outside of a coffee shop in Belmont, Calif. Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because ...more
Discussion: Althouse and JustOneMinute
Laurie A. Couture:
VAWA Must Be Renamed, Rewritten to be Gender Neutral  —  Protect our vulnerable boys!  Rename and rewrite VAWA so it is gender-neutral. … January 24, 2013  —  Office of the Democratic Leader  —  H-204, US Capitol  —  Washington, DC 20515  —  Dear Honorable Leader Nancy Pelosi,
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Rand Paul: U.S. should make clear to world ‘any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States’
Toni Yates / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Booker helps freezing dog after Eyewitness News tweet
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
Are Plastic Bag Bans Making Us Sick?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
World is right to worry about US debt
Discussion: Brad DeLong and AEIdeas
Felix Salmon:
How roads could beat rail
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Mother Jones
Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt Romney in D.C. for weekend
Discussion: CNN
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David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes
Alan S. Blinder / The Atlantic Online:
How to Worry About the Deficit: (1) Don't; (2) Wait a Few Years; (3) Then Worry About Healthcare Costs
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Obama Climate Deal
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A nation of takers  —  Nicholas Eberstadt is the author …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Haley Barbour: ‘Stupid’ comments hurt GOP
Discussion: CNN
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
UK heading for triple-dip recession as GDP shrinks 0.3% in fourth quarter
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Maddow Blog