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12:25 PM ET, January 26, 2013


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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner full of regret over ‘fiscal-cliff’ moves  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his “fiscal-cliff” strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate.  —  In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: Republicans can't play the ‘villain’ in Obama's ‘morality play’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Saturday warned that President Obama was working to delegitimize the Republican Party, and urged conservatives not to fall into the president's trap by playing the villain.
Discussion: The Reaction
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Thune: Democrats must pass a budget  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) jumped on a bill that passed the Republican-controlled House this week that puts pressure on the Senate to pass a budget, saying that Democrats must put together a spending plan to begin dealing with the country's debt and deficit problems.
Discussion: CNN
Thomas Beaumont /
AP NEWSBREAK: HARKIN WON'T SEEK 6TH SENATE TERM  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Congress » AP NewsBreak: Harkin won't seek 6th Senate term  —  CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014, the Iowa Democrat said Saturday.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Tom Harkin won't seek sixth Senate term  —  Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin announced Saturday he will not seek re-election in 2014, giving Republicans a shot at picking up his seat.  —  “It'll be wide-open as far as both parties,” Republican state chairman A.J. Spiker said.  “Iowa is so purple.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Harkin won't seek another term in Senate  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will retire at the end of 2014, he told the Associated Press Saturday.  —  Harkin's said his decision not to seek a sixth term was based in part because he wanted to give a new generation of Iowa Democrats the chance to run for higher office.
Discussion: CNN and Des Moines Register
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News  —  After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation's highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.  —  “It's my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox Says Its 3-Year Relationship With Palin Is Over
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:   Sarah Palin Out At Fox News Channel
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Starting Today, It's Illegal to Unlock Your Cellphone  —  You likely have a cellphone that you bought from a carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, and that phone only works on that carrier's cellular and data network — unless you “unlock” it.  —  That is a software process that allows …
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Five Races in Which the Gun Debate Matters  —  In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., the politics of gun control turned upside down — or so the proponents of increased firearms regulations would like to believe.  The reality, however …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
MaryAnn Murtha / Washington Post:
Mark the date, not the town
Discussion: Althouse
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama wants country to appreciate Hillary  —  President Barack Obama said Friday that he wanted to do a joint interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because he wants the country to appreciate the extraordinary role she has played in his administration.
The New Yorker / Page-Turner:
What Nate Silver Gets Wrong  —  Can Nate Silver do no wrong?  Between elections and baseball statistics, Silver has become America's secular god of predictions.  And now he has a best-seller, “The Signal and the Noise,” in which he discusses the challenges and science of prediction …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Statement by Chairman Pearce on recess appointment ruling  —  Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a decision finding that the Jan. 4, 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board were invalid.  In response, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce issued the following statement:
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Federal Appeals Court Invalidates Obama's Recess Appointments to NLRB
Jim Angle / Fox News:
Social Security's disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits early as 2016  —  As President Obama faces pressure on the left to defend federal entitlement programs from the benefit cuts that the Republicans say are necessary to keep the programs solvent decades down the road …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Shakes Up White House as He Names Chief of Staff  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to shake up his White House staff on Friday, installing a new team largely made up of familiar faces moved to different positions as he gears up for an intense push on sweeping legislation early in his second term.
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Cold Wave Cut Murders in New York City Significantly
Discussion: Gothamist
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Facebook Chief to Hold Fund-Raiser for Christie
Paul Sperry / Investor's Business Daily:
Clinton Added Teeth To CRA, Obama Turned Them Into Fangs
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Off To A Slow Start In Capitol Hill Gun Campaign
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rubio shows opposition to immigration reform is an inch deep
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
March for Life draws ardent protest against abortion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julian Ryal / Telegraph:
Google Earth exposes North Korea's secret prison camps
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David Mamet / The Daily Beast:
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CNN Anchor Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat To Endorse Racial Segregation
Discussion: Addicting Info and Hullabaloo
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not going away'