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9:45 AM ET, February 7, 2013

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New York Times:
Congress to See Memo Backing Drone Attacks on Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes and other means …
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Liberals to interrogate Obama's CIA pick  —  President Obama's nominee for CIA director will be bombarded with questions Thursday in a Senate hearing that could bring new revelations about the targeted killings of U.S. citizens overseas.  —  Opposition to the nomination of John Brennan …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Politico:
Obama yields on drones  —  President Obama has reversed course and agreed to provide the congressional intelligence committees with classified Justice Department legal advice authorizing the use of drones to kill U.S. citizens abroad, two administration officials said Wednesday evening.
Washington Post:
Obama will allow lawmakers to see secret memo on targeted killings  —  President Obama yielded Wednesday to congressional demands that he provide access to a secret legal memo on the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas, avoiding a confrontation that threatened the confirmation …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Hot Air
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:   Wyden Hints at Brennan Filibuster
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Southern Poverty Law Center website triggered FRC shooting … The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group's opposition to gay rights.
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Crimesider / CBS News:
Floyd Lee Corkins pleads guilty in Family Research Council shooting
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Family Research Council shooter pleads guilty to three felonies, including terrorism charge, in federal court
Washington Post:
Sen. Menendez contacted top officials in friend's Medicare dispute  —  Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government …
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The Daily Caller:
FBI sources: Menendez investigation moved to Newark, NJ
Politico:
Robert Menendez fights back
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama's Apparent Pick for Commerce Secretary Has a History of Shady Commerce  —  As he continues to fill out his cabinet, a report emerged late Wednesday that President Obama is “close to choosing” Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker as America's next Secretary of Commerce.  There's only one problem.
Discussion: First Read
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Bloomberg:
Obama Is Said Close to Choosing Pritzker for Commerce  —  President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Obama close to nominating Penny Pritzker for Commerce
Discussion: Poor Richard's News
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on February 12.  —  Rubio's response will be delivered in both English and Spanish, according to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office.
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Hagel committee vote delayed
Discussion: alan.com, BuzzFeed, CNN and Pat Dollard
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Meet Marco Rubio, the new leader of the Republican party
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Biden delivers impassioned plea to House Democrats on gun control  —  LEESBURG, Va. - Vice President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned and at times emotional plea to House Democrats to rally around the Obama administration's gun-control proposals, telling lawmakers they can't rely on political excuses for inaction.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Reaction
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Democrats unimpressed by Cantor's support of DREAM Act  —  LEESBURG, Va. - House Democratic leaders weren't impressed with Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) endorsement of citizenship for undocumented immigrant students, saying the country had “moved on” and now wants comprehensive immigration reform.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
4th Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's annual poll on TV news finds that there's only one source more Americans trust than distrust: PBS. 52% of voters say they trust PBS to only 29% who don't trust it.  The other seven outlets we polled on are all distrusted by a plurality of voters.
Politico:
The GOP, Fox political purge  —  Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.  —  Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters.
Discussion: CNN, First Read, Slate and Truthdig
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Progressive Caucus Introduces Legislation To Replace Spending Cuts With Revenues, Investments … The Congressional Progressive Caucus announced today that it is introducing legislation to cancel the automatic spending cuts — known as the “sequester” — that are scheduled to take place at the beginning of March.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The absurdity of the GOP position on spending, in one chart
Spokesman.com:
Bill requires all Idaho kids to read ‘Atlas Shrugged’  —  BOISE - Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate's Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Thanks To Congressional Incompetence, Saturday Mail Delivery Is History  —  The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery, marking another milestone in the decline of the once-ubiquitous government service.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
SNEED EXCLUSIVE: Pending Jesse Jackson Jr. plea deal includes ‘significant jail time,’ source says  —  Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Republicans Introduce Bill Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasound Before An Abortion  —  Michigan Republicans have introduced a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, a move that rekindles last year's firestorm when other GOP-led states were considering similar measures.
Discussion: Tennessean.com and The Raw Story
 
 
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