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3:10 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  —  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.
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: CNN and Little Green Footballs
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner full of regret over ‘fiscal-cliff’ moves
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.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Harkin retirement: Jump ball in Iowa  —  Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin announced Saturday he will not seek re-election in 2014, giving Republicans a shot at picking up his seat but increasing the likelihood of a contentious GOP primary.  —  “It'll be wide-open as far as both parties,” Republican state chairman A.J. Spiker said.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eric Jones /
Senator Harkin Announces His Plans for the Future
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Roll Call
Associated Press:   Sen. Tom Harkin won't seek re-election in 2014
Jennifer Jacobs / USA Today:
Iowa Sen. Harkin will not seek re-election
Discussion: Daily Kos and Michelle Malkin
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Harkin won't seek another term in Senate
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Taylor / Mashable!:
Anonymous Hacks U.S. Government Site, Threatens Supreme ‘Warheads’  —  The hacktivist group Anonymous hacked the US federal sentencing website early Saturday, using the page to make a brazen and boisterous declaration of “war” on the U.S. government.  —  The group claims mysterious code-based …
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Washington Post:
Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Gay Lawmakers' Growing Presence Suggests Shift in Attitudes
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
John Tierney / New York Times:
Time and Punishment: Police Have Done More Than Prisons to Cut Crime in New York
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
The New Yorker / Page-Turner:
What Nate Silver Gets Wrong
Discussion: Brad DeLong