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2:10 PM ET, February 4, 2013


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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 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Tagg Romney for Senate?  No Way, Sources Say  —  Ready for another Romney run?  —  Tagg Romney is not.  —  Boston Herald reported today that the eldest son of Mitt and Ann Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election in Massachusetts now that former senator Scott Brown decided against a run last week.
Discussion: Mediaite, Roll Call and Politico
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Weld decides against Mass. Senate run, further thinning GOP field
Discussion: CNN
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.
Eliza Mackintosh / Washington Post:
Remains of King Richard III identified
Discussion: Guardian and Althouse
New York Times:
Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III
Discussion: The Week
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jindal: 2016 presidential aspirants need ‘head examined’  —  “Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I've said, needs to get their head examined,” Jindal told “Fox and Friends.”  “And the reason I say that is, we've lost two presidential elections …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bobby Jindal to 2016 hopefuls: Get your heads examined
Discussion: Althouse
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Stupid’ for Jindal to warn GOP to ‘stop being the stupid party’
Discussion: AMERICAblog, The Raw Story and The Week
Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront  —  New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on the building's exterior.  The system uses only 10 kilowatts of electricity, equivalent to powering a small home.  Photo courtesy of SMG.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Donald Trump to sue Bill Maher after bet feud  —  'I don't think he was joking.  He said it with venom,' Trump said of Maher.  Reuters  —  Close  —  Donald Trump said Monday that he's suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.”
Discussion: Althouse and The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Olson /
Texas 6th graders design flags for a new socialist nation  —  —  AUSTIN - You know America's changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools.  —  According to the website, a lesson plan for 6th graders in government schools reads as follows:
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
The Other GOP Plan To Blow Up The Electoral Vote  —  GOP efforts to rig the Electoral College in favor of GOP presidential candidates may be close to dead, but a group of Republicans are hard at work at another plot to blow up the system: switch to the popular vote.
Lee Enterprises /
On the Capitol: Don't mess with state's electoral setup, Paul Ryan says
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Chuck Hagel's Defenseless Performance  —  Nothing could have harmed the nominee for secretary of defense more than his own confirmation answers.  —  It shouldn't have been surprising that the Senate hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense ended up shedding light …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks  —  Julie Jacobson/AP - A Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle is seen on display at the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 9.  Super WiFi networks would allow for a driverless car to talk to another car a mile away.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Friends of Fraud  —  Like many advocates of financial reform, I was a bit disappointed in the bill that finally emerged.  Dodd-Frank gave regulators the power to rein in many financial excesses; but it was and is less clear that future regulators will use that power.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up  —  FELLOWS, Calif. — Secure in this state's history and mythology, the venerable Midway-Sunset oil field near here keeps producing crude more than a century after Southern California's oil boom.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project  —  American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions.  Thank God they are behind this.
Howard Kurtz / CNN:
Obama, Gore, stop whining about right-wing media  —  Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's “Reliable Sources” and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief.  He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.  —  (CNN) — I never realized that the conservative media were so eye-poppingly powerful.
Discussion: Media Decoder and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Senate to Move on Gun Control  —  Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama must face the rise of the robots  —  Technology will leave a large chunk of the US labour force in the lurch  —  Early in his first term Barack Obama joked that he would “keep an eye on the robots in case they try anything”.  He should have known resistance is futile.
Discussion: Via Meadia, Quartz and ParaPundit
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Mass Shooter Confesses He Learned to Hate White People in College  —  Killer Nkosi Thandiwe learned all about hating whitey in college.  —  Nkosi Thandiwe shot dead 26-year-old Brittany Watts and and injured two other women in the parking deck of the Proscenium building on July 15, 2011.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Gerrymandering is not what's wrong with American politics  —  Poli-Sci Perspective is a weekly Wonkblog feature in which Georgetown University's Dan Hopkins and George Washington University's Danny Hayes and John Sides offer an empirical perspective on the issues dominating Washington.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: No Timeframe For Obama To Release Budget  —  “I'm disappointed the President has missed his deadline.  But I'm not surprised,” Budget Chairman Paul Ryan says.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday …
Christopher Collins- / Examiner:
Newtown father: 'You'll have to take my guns from my cold dead hands'  —  A video of a father, Bill Stevens, whose daughter attended Sandy Hook Elementary school, scene of the mass shooting in December, is making its rounds today of his testimony against gun control at a Working Group Public Hearing …
CBS News:
FENDFERYERSELF says:  —  the first two words out of his mouth are - ALWAYS: “taxes” then “revenue”.  —  Obama, start addressing the spending.  And YES there will be cuts and yes they will be painful and yes it will affect your “glowing economy” (lol) but you don't want that do you ????
Discussion: Firedoglake, DealBook and Daily Kos
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Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Why Police Lie Under Oath
Discussion: TalkLeft and Gawker
Britain sets out new law to break up errant banks
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mom Saw Her Sons ‘Killed Before Her’ in Double Murder-Suicide, Boynton Police Say
Ryan Alessi / cn|2 Politics:
McConnell says opposition to Hagel “intensifying” but no decision yet whether GOP will filibuster
Discussion: Right Turn, Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Gitmo Detainees Return to Field of Battle
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Arab News:
Village south of Qunfudah fights off baboon invasion
Discussion: Via Meadia
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Levin raises just $13K, putting his 2014 plans in question
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Cuccinelli comes a'courting — Bolling
Brett Norman / Politico:
ACA premium sticker shock could fuel foes
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones
Discussion: Politicker
Chicago Tribune:
Cleaning up the murky world of gun ownership
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Obama visit highlights Minneapolis' strides on violence
Discussion: Daily Kos, Post Politics and
Will Wall Street spurn GOP in 2014?
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Secretive House group close to immigration-reform agreement
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politico
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Paul Krugman Destroys GOP's Talking Points On Government Jobs
Discussion: Balloon Juice

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Hayden Field / CNBC:
OpenAI launches GPT-4o mini, a smaller, cheaper offshoot of GPT-4o, replacing GPT-3.5 Turbo, with support for all multimodal inputs and outputs coming soon

Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Indian crypto exchange WazirX says one of its multisig wallets “experienced a security breach” after $230M+ in withdrawals; WazirX had $500M in holdings in June

Michael Nuñez / VentureBeat:
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