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1:55 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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
DEVELOPING: Obama recess appointments unconstitutional, court  —  In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama's controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess.
Bill Mears / CNN:
Appeals court rules Obama recess appointments unconstitutional  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama's recess appointments to a federal agency- made without Senate confirmation- have been struck down by a federal appeals court as an unconstitutional use of executive power.
Discussion: Politico
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Personnel Announcement
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  —  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 Reuters
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Clinton to appear in joint ‘60 Minutes’ interview
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Haley Barbour: ‘Stupid’ comments hurt GOP
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: GOP must stop being ‘stupid party’
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Republicans in Virginia, other states seeking electoral college changes
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Reform Ends With A Whimper: How It Fell Apart  —  For true believers, filibuster reform was about making it painful, if not impossible, for a Senate minority to obstruct governance by the majority.  But it didn't come anywhere near that, leaving reformers deeply disappointed.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Three Winners And Three Losers In Today's Filibuster Deal
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
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Brings Pollster Into White House  —  A staff reshuffle as the campaign comes in from the cold.  —  Source:  —  President Barack Obama is bringing his campaign polling director into White House, according to an official, part of a broader migration of political staff …
Caren Bohan / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Denis McDonough, Obama's New Chief of Staff?
Discussion: Business Insider
The Boston Globe:
Kerry vows to combat climate change  —  WASHINGTON — In a confirmation hearing unusual for its bipartisan comity, Secretary of State-designate John F. Kerry pledged Thursday to pursue a different brand of foreign policy — one rooted in greater cultural understanding of the developing world …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Kerry Pledges To Confront Climate Change: ‘I Will Be A Passionate Advocate’ Of Action
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
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.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt Romney in D.C. for weekend  —  Mitt Romney is in Washington for the weekend to attend a private luncheon with campaign supporters and the Alfalfa Club's annual dinner.  —  A senior aide from the campaign said: “Gov. Romney will attend a private lunch Friday at the J.W. Marriott co-hosted …
Discussion: CNN
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Lynch set to run for US Senate in special election
Discussion: Ballot Box
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Althouse
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
Gerardvanderleun / AMERICAN DIGEST:
Hillary's 2016 Campaign Starts Today!
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Nice Deb
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Obama Climate Deal
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A nation of takers  —  Nicholas Eberstadt is the author …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Exiting Timothy Geithner talks fiscal future
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
UK heading for triple-dip recession as GDP shrinks 0.3% in fourth quarter
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Pat Dollard
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
Senators not in ‘millionaires’ club' would be hurt by lost paychecks