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9:45 AM ET, January 26, 2013


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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  —  “Sarah, where are you?” one of Sarah Palin's 3.4 million Facebook fans wrote on her wall last week.  “Has your contract with Fox ended?” another fan asked the day before.  —  Fox News has indeed parted ways with Ms. Palin …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:   Sarah Palin Out At Fox News Channel
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:
New York Times:
Court Challenges Obama's ‘Recess’ Appointments  —  WASHINGTON — In a ruling that called into question nearly two centuries of presidential “recess” appointments that bypass the Senate confirmation process, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Obama violated the Constitution …
Gary Heinlein /
Michigan legislators weigh changes to Electoral College rules  —  Some Republicans want to replace current winner-take-all vote with proportional system  —  Lansing — Michigan is one of five states debating changes to how its Electoral College votes are counted as part of a Republican push …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:   GOP senators will oppose VA electoral change
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This is a Big, Big Deal  —  A week ago I noted a new Republican push …
Discussion: The Mahablog and theGrio
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Plan to Take the Electoral-Vote-Rigging Scheme National
Discussion: Sky Dancing and The New Republic
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who had the worst week in Washington?  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).  —  Wednesday didn't start out badly for Sen. Ronald H. Johnson.  —  Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who was elected in 2010, drew national headlines — and praise from conservatives — for pushing Secretary …
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.
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
David Mamet / The Daily Beast:
Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†  —  The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so.  By David Mamet.  Get the full issue of Newsweek today on your iPad and other editions.  —  † A city in eastern Poland.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CNN Anchor Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat To Endorse Racial Segregation  —  Conservatives are outraged over Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to lift the ban on women in combat, which opens up more than 200,000 frontline positions to women.  Opponents of the move have called it “humiliating” and dangerous to unit cohesion.
Discussion: Addicting Info and Hullabaloo
Paul Sperry / Investor's Business Daily:
Clinton Added Teeth To CRA, Obama Turned Them Into Fangs  —  Despite new evidence the Community Reinvestment Act led to riskier lending and played a key role in the subprime mortgage crisis, the Obama administration is broadening the anti-redlining regulation's authority and scope, spooking bankers.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Lessons Conservatives Need to Learn  —  Obama is a formidable foe.  He means to change the country and crush the GOP.  —  Two lessons on how conservatives and Republicans might approach the future, and a look at the meaning of Obama.  —  Lesson one: Golf star Phil Mickelson …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rubio shows opposition to immigration reform is an inch deep  —  I've certainly been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration policy among tough conservatives.  From Grover Norquist to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Sean Hannity, Rubio has gotten favorable …
Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
White House, Senators to Begin Push on Immigration Reform
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
IS OBAMA BIBLICAL ‘LORD OF THE FLIES’?  —  Prophecy sites have field day with president's insect moments  —  Aaron Klein is WND's senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.  He also hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York's WABC Radio.  Follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.
Toni Yates / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Booker helps freezing dog after Eyewitness News tweet … new jersey, newark, cory booker, dog, cold, cold weather, new jersey news, toni yates  —  More: Bio, Facebook, Twitter, Stories by Toni Yates, News Team  —  NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) — Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates and her crew spotted …
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Helps Rescue Freezing Dog
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
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Off To A Slow Start In Capitol Hill Gun Campaign  —  The campaign emails its massive list demanding calls to Congress.  Bad timing — and nobody seems to have noticed.  —  Image by Charles Rex Arbogast / AP  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's campaign operation appeared …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Five Reasons Bobby Jindal Is Responsible For Transforming The GOP Into ‘The Stupid Party’  —  Days after Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) kicked off a publicity campaign for his 2016 run, casting himself as a different kind of Republican.
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Elisabeth Brubaker / CNN:
Newt Gingrich on gun legislation: “We believe each step down the road leads to the next step and the next step”
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Facebook Chief to Hold Fund-Raiser for Christie
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
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Robert Costa / National Review:
Miller Mulls a Begich Challenge
Discussion: PostPartisan
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
In new fundraising pitch, McConnell campaign says senator blocked filibuster reform
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney: 'I'm not going away'
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Exclusive: NRA senior lobbyist says attack ad was “ill-advised”
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla