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10:50 AM ET, January 31, 2013


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kelly ‘proud’ of Giffords's Senate testimony  —  Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), said Thursday he was “extremely proud” of his wife's testimony before a Senate hearing on stemming gun violence.  —  “For her to get up there ... as people can see …
Discussion: Politico
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Gayle Trotter Testimony Captivates Senate Gun Control Hearing
Jillian Rayfield / Salon:
LaPierre under fire
Discussion: Rumproast
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
A résumé check: Is Chuck Hagel up to the job?  —  There's not much on Chuck Hagel's résumé that screams secretary of defense.  —  He's not a former White House chief of staff, like Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld.  He never ran the CIA, like Leon Panetta or Robert Gates.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Sharp Exchanges Expected in Hearing on Hagel Nomination
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Biden defends new foreign policy team in interview with CNN
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.  —  After surreptitiously tracking …
The Daily Caller:
Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’  —  In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Menendez rushes to pay private-jet tab after FBI raid  —  “Wonderful things, subpoenas,” Wilford Brimley said in Absence of Malice, after the threat of one broke the silence of conspirators in the film's climax.  We can add FBI raids to that list of wonderful catalysts.
Kurt Schlichter / BREITBART.COM:
IGNORE LENA DUNHAM'S ‘GIRLS’ AT YOUR OWN PERIL, CONSERVATIVES  —  There's plenty about Girls to annoy conservatives, yet this often creepy, usually skeevy, critically-acclaimed HBO series is also a test for conservatives.  —  Will we finally heed Andrew Breitbart's warnings about the importance …
Roll Call:
Rubio Must Sell Immigration Changes to GOP, Grass Roots  —  The fate of an immigration overhaul rests almost exclusively with Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican whose star power with conservatives is crucial to moving a bill through Congress.  —  President Barack Obama retains veto power, and Democrats hold the Senate floor.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Gina Kolata / Well:
Myths of Weight Loss Are Plentiful, Researcher Says  —  If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight.  And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast fed them when they were babies.
Syria, Iran threaten consequences for Israeli strike  —  In wake of reported IAF attack on a military research center in Syria, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus has option to respond as Iran threatens “serious consequences” for Tel Aviv; Hezbollah, Russia condemn strike.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Worth Reading  —  Here's a really meaty and interesting essay in the new and relaunched TNR about gun ownership and what gun owners want.  What Gun Owners Really Want by Walter Kirn.  —  There's a lot there.  But one point resonated with me because it's a flip side of something I was trying …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay  —  Tennessee's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year.  But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Tennessee “Don't Say Gay” bill would require teachers to out their students
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
What Professor Hagel Taught  —  Cyberwar and Bjorn Lomborg at Georgetown.  A former student is “disgusted” by the nomination process.  —  Before he became President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel was a professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service for three years.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul: GOP must ‘evolve’ on immigration  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans must “evolve” on immigration while preventing America from becoming a magnet for immigrants to come and get benefits.  —  “We cannot just be a beacon for everyone to come here on benefits …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama expects immigration reform bill as early as June
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration takes steps to implement individual mandate  —  The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS clarifies exemptions from individual mandate in states that buck Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors  —  WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?  —  No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!  —  That's some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar /
Some families to be priced out of health overhaul  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law.  IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped.
Discussion: Right Wing News
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda  —  Social injustice and “a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs”  —  1894 ad for Vin Mariani, art by Jules Cheret  —  When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene.  Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Law Schools' Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut  —  Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation.
Anne Marie Chaker / Wall Street Journal:
Backyard Farming Gets Fancy  —  High-End ‘Homesteaders’ Want Pricey, Stylish Tools; The $1,300 Chicken Coop  —  Can chicken feed, canning jars and garden hoses feel chic?  —  Absolutely, say retailers cashing in on the “modern homesteader” craze.  As more urban and suburban homeowners …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Camille Williams /
Home invasion suspect arrested after woman opens fire  —  Suspect arrested at hospital … MAGNOLIA, Texas -  —  A home invasion suspect was arrested at a hospital after a mother shot him during the crime at a Montgomery County home, deputies said Wednesday.
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Government is hurting the economy — by spending too little
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Democratic senators call for legislation on equal pay for women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Obama goes ‘skeet shooting all the time’? Hardly ever, sources say
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Cost of Obama's Regulatory Explosion
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Tips His Hand Over Dems' Sequester Strategy
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Gayle Trotter's Ideas Will Not Keep Women Safe
Bella Battle / The Sun:
Serbian PM flashed at during prank interview for Croatian TV
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Gawker
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
President Obama's uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: GOP responsible for contracting economy