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2:10 PM ET, February 7, 2013

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Politico:
The GOP, Fox political purge  —  Ailes has aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election.  Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly were among the first conservatives to call for a rethinking of the GOP's opposition to comprehensive immigration reform.  And then Palin and Morris got the boot …
Mike Malloy / Ames Tribune:
Bill would define abortion as murder
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
As Neocons Defend Obama, Allies Doubt Him on Drones as Never Before  —  The John Brennan confirmation hearings are the biggest showdown yet on extrajudicial killing and executive branch secrecy.  —  For once, the Obama Administration's drone policy is much in the news.
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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 …
Bookworm Room:
The worst thing about those drone strikes is Obama's moral preening and hypocrisy
Washington Post:
Obama will allow lawmakers to see secret memo on targeted killings
Discussion: Hot Air and The Plum Line
Politico:
Obama yields on drones
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Liberals to interrogate Obama's CIA pick
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:  —  Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama …
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Associated Press:
Panetta defends military response in Libya attack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the speed of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save the four Americans who were killed.
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 …
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.
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.
Michael Grunwald / TIME:
Immigrant Son  —  Oriales García Rubio knows how it feels to want more.  When she was a girl in central Cuba in the 1930s, her family of nine lived in a one-room house with a dirt floor.  Her dolls were Coke bottles dressed in rags.  She dreamed of becoming an actress.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The party of Reagan, or the party of the Club for Growth?  —  At a press conference just now, Republican officials who fear that the sequester will damage our national security trained their fire mostly on President Obama, lambasting him for putting us in a position that could compromise our military.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Some in GOP want sequester deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Meet Marco Rubio, the new leader of the Republican party
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
L.A. police look for ex-cop suspected in shootings  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — A former Los Angeles cop who had allegedly warned he would target law enforcement in retribution for being fired is now suspected of shooting three officers early Thursday, killing one, authorities said.
Discussion: Represent! and L.A. NOW
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Officials hunt for ex-cop in shootings of 3 officers; 1 killed
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NPR
John Tierney / Salon:
Congress — not email — destroyed the Postal Service  —  The oft-maligned U.S. mail is actually quite well-run.  Politicians steered it into the ditch  —  You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you see someone stand up to a bullying, incompetent boss?  It's viscerally satisfying, isn't it?
SOOPERMEXICAN:
News Media Scrub Cop Murderer's Manifesto of Pro-Obama, Hillary, MSNBC, CNN, Gay, and Anti-Gun Comments  —  I've been following closely the news story about Chris Dorner, who is now suspected of murdering three people, including one police officer, and shooting another two police officers.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Harvard: Just 6 in 10 Millennials have jobs, half are part-time … A comprehensive new Harvard University report on Americans under 30, the so-called Millennials, shows that the economy is having a crushing impact, with just 62 percent working, and of those, half are toiling at part-time jobs.
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NCoC:   “Millennials” Play a Central Role in our Nation's Civic Health, but Who are They?
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 7, 2013 - Americans Back Women In Combat 3-1, But Less For Draft, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Universal Gun Background Checks Is 92%  —  American voters support allowing women in combat by an overwhelming 75 - 22 percent, including 77 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Bruce Braley will run for Harkin's Senate seat  —  (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)  —  U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Democrat Tom Harkin will leave open in 2014, his advisers told The Des Moines Register this morning.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Midterm Forecast: Democrats May Gain House Seats in 2014 but Majority Probably Out of Reach  —  The 2014 midterm elections are a long way off but one thing is already fairly clear: Democrats face an uphill battle in trying to win back control of the House of Representatives.
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
City considers ban on Styrofoam cups and containers  —  Mike's ban plan  —  First he dictated the size of our cups — now he wants to ban what they're made of.  —  The Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers — popular at thousands of delis …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates  —  President Obama may have run his last political campaign, but that does not relieve him of his obligations to the Democratic Party.  —  The president, who has a vested interest in Democrats retaining their Senate majority …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box, Roll Call and The Reaction
 
 
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