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1:30 AM ET, February 1, 2013


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David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz's Bogus Attack on Hagel  —  Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) talks with committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) (R) as they and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) arrive for Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Grills Chuck Hagel With Out-Of-Context Al-Jazeera Clip  —  But the clip didn't show exactly what Cruz said it did.  —  View Video ›  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz made the most of his five-minute questioning opportunity at Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing …
Discussion: Business Insider and
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘Cruzed’!  Senator Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs try to save Hagel, slam Cruz … Indeed.  Senator Cruz continued his streak of awesome during his questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Secretary of Defense hearing. … Cruzed!  Make it happen, people.
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Chuck Hagel's Ill-Received Performance Puts Confirmation In Flux  —  “There's a possibility Republicans could block his nomination, especially after today's performance,” Senate Republican aide says.  —  Image by Pete Marovich/MCT  —  WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel's chances of becoming …
Michael Hirsh /
Is Chuck Hagel Failing?
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Goes After Hagel Over Al Jazeera Appearance (VIDEO)
Discussion: Business Insider
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Anti-Semite MJ Rosenberg tweets 'talked about Israel with Hagel, happily he's lying today'
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
An Off-Kilter Chuck Hagel Fumbles On Iran
McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Olivier Knox / Reuters:
Hagel: Don't judge me by ‘Jewish lobby’ quote
Discussion: Israpundit, Guardian and
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Hagel Clash Over Troop Surge In Iraq (VIDEO)
Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From “Pastor” Customer Fired From Job  —  Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the waitress a tip, but also wrote “I Give God 10% Why do you Get 18?” on the receipt.  Now we've learned that the server who posted the receipt online has been fired.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Pastor Apologizes For Snide Remark On Meal Receipt  —  St. Louis woman says she got waitress fired for online leak  —  The St. Louis pastor responsible for the credit card receipt heard 'round the Internet termed her snide scribblings a “lapse in my character and judgment,” …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights  —  Views of Congress: Problem Lies with Members, Not the System  —  OVERVIEW  —  As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Poll Finds Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol; Even More Think the Feds Should Let States Do So  —  As the Obama administration mulls its response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey finds that most Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Byron Tau / Politico:
RNC ends 2012 in the black  —  The Republican National Committee ended the 2012 presidential cycle in the black, the party announced Thursday.  —  The committee ended the year with $4.7 million in cash on hand, and raised $378 million over the last two years.
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Obama Campaign, DNC End Year in Debt
Discussion: Reuters
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tough questions follow Al Gore book tour  —  If you thought Al Gore was a media darling, you haven't seen his latest book tour.  Although Gore has been selective in which outlets he appears on to promote his new book, “The Future,” they haven't treated the former vice president with kid gloves.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Geraldo contemplating run for Senate  —  Television personality and radio host Geraldo Rivera announced Thursday he's “truly contemplating” a run for Senate in New Jersey.  —  “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Geraldo Rivera Looking To Run For Senate As Republican In New Jersey
Discussion: ALIPAC and Washington Wire
Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Biden: New gun controls won't likely end shootings  —  Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that new gun laws would not “fundamentally alter” the likelihood of another mass shooting, though he insisted there has been a “sea change” in American views on guns in the wake of Newtown.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At Hill hearing, Wayne LaPierre tries to manhandle facts and logic
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Snort: Senators reportedly in ‘shock’ over Hagel's ineptitude, bumbling  —  Stop, our aching sides!  This reminds us of the shock ... SHOCK ... when President Obama totally blew the first debate.  Remember, he even had to jet off to California to soothe the shock and worry of “deeply shaken” big-time celebrity donors.
Discussion: CNN and American Power
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Japan's ‘Cool Hand Luke’ moment for surface temperature  —  At NASA's Climate 365, there is an interesting story posted with this statement and a graph:  —  Some say scientists can't agree on Earth's temperature changes … In sync?  Weellll, not quite.  Japan apparently hasn't ‘got their mind right’ yet as the graph shows:
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Conservatives Sabotage Their Own Cultural Criticism  —  A case study in which National Review contributors discuss the merits of rap.  —  Flickr/Slippy Slappy  —  Every so often, conservatives lament that the music, books, movies, television shows, and video games that shape social norms …
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Lautenberg calls Menendez predicament ‘too bad’  —  New Jersey's United States senators, Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right) appear at a press conference in Washington earlier this month.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  WASHINGTON — Frank Lautenberg said today …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Inc. Cuts Some 500 Jobs, Biggest Layoffs in Years  —  Time Inc., the publisher of magazines including Time and Sports Illustrated, has begun eliminating about 6% of its head count — nearly 500 jobs — in the biggest round of cuts at the company since 2008 .
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes debt ceiling, no-budget no-pay bill  —  With little fanfare Thursday, the Senate agreed to suspend the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling until May 19, postponing the specter of default that threatened the nation as early as February.  —  The vote was 64-34.
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
David Vitter takes flak for Marco Rubio comments  —  Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) associates, furious about fellow Republican Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) calling the Floridian “nuts” and “naïve” over his immigration reform efforts, are hitting Vitter where it hurts.
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama's Jobs Council Shutting Down Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: ‘Ridiculous’ to criticize defunct White House jobs council
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, CNN and The PJ Tatler
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties
William Saletan / Slate:
What really happened in the CIA's “enhanced” interrogations?  Three former officials tell their stories.
Discussion: Lawfare
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Swanson Predicts the Future: Homeschooled Children Will be Given to Pedophiles, Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lynch touts union support, dismisses Markey endorsements in primary fight
Discussion: Politico
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Joe Miller Re-emerges: Good News for Alaska Dems?
Discussion: Politico
Matt Goodman / KVUE-TV:
Assistant DA shot dead outside Texas courthouse
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
W.H.: Deportations Congress's fault
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Shark Tank
Tony Romm / Reuters:
House puts Spotify on mute
Discussion: Mashable!
The Boston Globe:
Globe reporter Glen Johnson joins Kerry's staff
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The White House's curious silence about Obama's claim of skeet shooting
Ian Mohr / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: NFL legend Dan Marino had a love child with CBS employee in 2005
Discussion: American Power