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9:50 PM ET, February 4, 2013

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CNN:
Woman denies being a prostitute, meeting Menendez  —  (CNN) - A woman accused of being a prostitute involved with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez denied those claims in a Spanish-language interview released Monday.  —  The woman, identified as 21-year-old Yaneisi Fernandez, says she's never met Menendez or worked as a prostitute.
Discussion: The Hill
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:   Robert Menendez denies prostitute ‘smears’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Menendez blasts prostitution ‘smears’ as ‘absolutely false’
Discussion: Viral Read
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Woman denies knowing Menendez
Discussion: CNN and Viral Read
The Daily Caller:
In Menendez saga, prostitute fingers wealthy Dominican politician as sex-party participant
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Why Ron Paul's Twitter Is Getting A Little More Interesting  —  The former great libertarian hope has started running his own Twitter feed since he left office.  —  Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been attracting negative attention all day for a tweet he sent Monday morning regarding the death …
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Ron Paul  · 1,118,198 like this  —  As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend's violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event.  My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle's family.  Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences.
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Former congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul tweeted …
Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
Disgusting: Ron Paul attacks murder victim, war hero Chris Kyle; Updated
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Tagg, you're it for GOP Senate hopes  —  Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.  —  Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since …
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Talking Points Memo:
Tagg Romney On Senate Run: “Timing Is Not Right With Me'  —  His full statement, via the New York Daily News:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Tagg Romney for Senate? No Way, Sources Say
David Nather / Politico:
Kasich's Obamacare flip burns conservatives  —  Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states.  —  But one of their best hopes just caved.  —  John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he's …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
John Kasich Accepts Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Karen Tumulty / She The People:
Janet Napolitano: A woman to watch for 2016  —  So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn't run in 2016?  —  It is hard to imagine the presidential field without a woman contender, and here's one to keep your eye on: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama pushes immigration reform with CEOs, labor leaders
Discussion: Politico
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Carney: Obama never ‘pretended’ he grew up as an avid hunter
Discussion: Politico
Richard III / BBC:
Car park skeleton is Richard III  —  The skeleton is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ the remains of Richard III  —  A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.  —  Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch's family.
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Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
DNA confirms bones belong to Richard III
BBC:
Reconstructed face of Richard III
Discussion: Truthdig and AMERICAN DIGEST
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Sue S&P Over Ratings  —  Justice Department Says Endorsements of Risky Mortgage Bonds Fueled Crisis  —  The Justice Department is expected to sue Standard & Poor's Ratings Services as soon as Tuesday, alleging the firm ignored its own standards to rate mortgage bonds that imploded …
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
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DealBook:
U.S. Plans to Sue S.&P. for Ratings On Loan Bundles
Discussion: The Stranger …
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Don't filibuster Hagel  —  Sen. John McCain appears to have cleared the way Monday for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.  —  The Arizona Republican, who has been a prominent voice in the debate over Hagel, said Monday he would oppose any attempt to filibuster the nomination …
CNN:
Bunker gunman dead, hostage safe  —  Midland City, Alabama (CNN) — A 5-year-old child abducted from an Alabama school bus six days ago is safe and his kidnapper is dead, according to a law enforcement official.  —  The child appeared to be OK emerging from the ordeal Monday afternoon, the official said.
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Natasha Singer / NBC News:
Why the AR-15 is most-wanted gun in America  —  'It's kind of fashionable ... the young generation likes them, the assault-looking guns'  —  Below:  —  Latest market data  —  PASADENA, Md. — The phone rings again at Pasadena Pawn and Gun, and a familiar question comes down the line: “Got any ARs?”
Reuters:
Insight: Electric cars head toward another dead end  —  (Reuters) - Are electric cars running out of juice again?  —  Recent moves by Japan's two largest automakers suggest that the electric car, after more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, still is not ready for prime time - and may never be.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops Say Road Rage Incident Was Prompted By Suspect's “Impeach Obama” Bumper Sticker  —  Paul Guaschino was driving Friday when a fellow motorist spotted an “Impeach Obama” bumper sticker on the 62-year-old Connecticut resident's vehicle.  —  According to cops, the other driver apparently …
Brandon Friedman / TIME:
Just Who Do They Represent: At Hagel Hearing, Concern for Israel Tops U.S. Troops in Combat  —  When Senator Mike Lee took his turn to cross-examine defense-secretary nominee Chuck Hagel during last Thursday's confirmation hearing, he expressed considerable concern for Israel's security.
Discussion: Guardian, Hullabaloo and The Dish
Kyle Olson / EAGnews.org:
Texas 6th graders design flags for a new socialist nation  —  EAGnews.org  —  AUSTIN - You know America's changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools.  —  According to the website txcscopereview.com, a lesson plan for 6th graders in government schools reads as follows:
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hispanics' Approval of Obama 70%, Up 12 Pts.  Since August  —  Approval up seven percentage points among all adults in same time span  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In January, 70% of Hispanics approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, down slightly from 75% in December.
David Siders / Capitol Alert:
Texas Gov Rick Perry rips California business climate in new ad  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is criticizing California's business climate and promoting Texas in a new radio advertisement airing in the Golden State.  —  “Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California …
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
myfoxny.com:
Argentina freezes prices to break inflation spiral  —  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation.  —  The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation's largest supermarkets …
Discussion: Babalú Blog and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Why gun control faces an uphill battle in the Senate
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