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1:20 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
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
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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans' Effort To Rig Electoral College Gets National Backing  —  Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R), who was the chief elections officer when the state experienced massive voting problems in 2004, is planning to lead a national effort to rig the electoral college in favor …
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
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:
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John Tierney / New York Times:
Time and Punishment: Police Have Done More Than Prisons to Cut Crime in New York
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jim Angle / Fox News:
Social Security's disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits early as 2016
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Cold Wave Cut Murders in New York City Significantly
Discussion: Gothamist
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Shakes Up White House as He Names Chief of Staff
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
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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
David Mamet / The Daily Beast:
Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†
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'