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10:20 AM ET, January 27, 2013


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Samuel Knight / Washington Monthly:
Four years later, Paul Ryan wants more of the same  —  Just when I thought that the National Review Institute demonstrated that Republicans are ready to compromise, Paul Ryan outlined a somewhat apocalyptic vision of budget negotiations there on Saturday.  —  According to POLITICO, Ryan said …
Discussion: The Hill and Booman Tribune
David Rogers / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term 'won't be pretty'  —  Holding out little hope of compromise, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Saturday that the nation will face “tepid growth and deficits” under President Barack Obama and Republicans must prudently “buy time” and “keep the bond markets at bay — for the sake of our people.”
Discussion: Associated Press and The PJ Tatler
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says bipartisan group ‘basically’ has deal on immigration reform  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is voicing confidence in the prospects for immigration reform in the House, saying that a bipartisan group of lawmakers “basically [has] an agreement” after more than three years of secret talks.
Stephen K. Bannon / BREITBART.COM:
PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'  —EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BREITBART NEWS  —  In my research for the film I made on Governor Palin, The Undefeated, I was constantly amazed at the anti-establishment stands she took at every step in her rise to power.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
For The Sixth Time In One Week, Man Shot At Gun Show  —  Gun activists designated last Saturday “Gun Appreciation Day” in an attempt to highlight their opposition to gun safety laws.  The PR stunt proved to be more of an embarrassment, however, when 5 people were shot at 3 different gun shows on Gun Appreciation Day.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Ontario Gets Its First Woman Premier And Canada's First Out LGBT Premier  —  Kathleen Wynne now leads Ontario's liberal party and becomes the province's first female premier.  She also is married to a woman, making her Canada's first out LGBT premier.  —  Kathleen Wynne was elected …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel  —  A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee to be secretary of defense …
Matt Wuerker  —  Matt Wuerker has been POLITICO's editorial cartoonist and illustrator since its launch.  In 2012, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, POLITICO's first Pulitzer win.  In 2009, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Iran: Syria's problems rooted in Zionist meddling  —  As Iran's threats to strike at anyone that will contribute to end of Assad's regime grow bolder Israel is stepping up fortification of northern border  —  Tehran's IRNA news agency quoted Defense Minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Colin Freeman / Reuters:
Revealed: how Saharan caravans of cocaine help to fund al-Qaeda in terrorists' North African domain  —  The 37 foreign workers who died in the assault on an Algerian gas plant were victims of terrorists whose weapons may have been paid for by cocaine users of Britain and Europe, reports Colin Freeman.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Recipe for conservative revival  —  Happy days are not here again, but they are coming for conservatives.  Barack Obama — with the lowest approval rating (according to Gallup, 50 percent, four points lower than that of the National Rifle Association) of any reelected president …
Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves' fingers  —  One of Iran's official press agencies published photos showing the public amputation of a thief's fingers on Wednesday.  These show a man getting his finger chopped off with a machine resembling a rotary saw.  —  WARNING: These images may shock viewers.
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:
Harkin retirement: Jump ball in Iowa
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Jerusalem Post:
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Discussion: Israel Matzav
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
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Discussion: Mashable!
Washington Post:
Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Gay Lawmakers' Growing Presence Suggests Shift in Attitudes
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Althouse
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans' Effort To Rig Electoral College Gets National Backing
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama wants country to appreciate Hillary
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