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1:15 PM ET, February 8, 2013


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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Audacious Hack Exposes Bush Family Pix, E-Mail  —  Hacker breached AOL account of ex-president's sister, other victims  —  The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
Probe launched after Bushes' email hacked  —  A hacker apparently gained access to a score of confidential emails and other electronic correspondence between members of the Bush family and friends, prompting a criminal investigation.  —  A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush confirmed …
Discussion: NPR
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Bush family e-mails hacked
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Ex-President Bush Gets Hacked
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Kick That Can  —  John Boehner, the speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated.  “At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem,” he said Wednesday.  “I've watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years since I've been here.  I've had enough of it.  It's time to act.”
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Sequester cuts a time bomb for GOP?  —  Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south.  —  But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP.  —  They're so confident, in fact …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Democrats struggle to craft plan for sequester replacement
Free exchange:   How scary is the sequester?  —  AMERICA managed, more or less …
Michelle Malkin:
The Blame Righty mob falls silent  —  I've documented Blame Righty Syndrome countless times over the years (see here here here here).  This week, the Blame Righty mob fell silent.  The silence and the selectivity speak volumes.  —  The Blame Righty mob falls silent  —  by Michelle Malkin
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Crazed Shooters Can't Be Linked To The Tea Party, Media Displays Admirable Restraint
Discussion: National Review
Los Angeles Times:
Big Bear locked down amid manhunt
Daily Breeze:
Search for Christopher Dorner, suspect in 3 killings, leads to Big Bear
Discussion: Guardian
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Ohio Poll Worker Admits to Voting Twice  —  John Fund reports on 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud in Hamilton County, Ohio and has video of poll worker Melowese Richardson candidly admitting to a local television station that she voted twice in the last presidential election.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
John Fund / National Review:
The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back  —  Critics of photo ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they're unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent.  Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain.
Mary Ann Ahern /
Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe  —  Jesse Jackson Jr. was a once-rising political star.  But he was sidelined by a medical condition and a federal investigation into his finances.  Carol Marin reports.  —  It's been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress …
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:   Judge Would Decide If Jackson Jr. Goes To Jail Under ‘Blind Plea’ Deal
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Franken-Bachmann Showdown on the Horizon?  —  Politically, 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.  —  In January, the Tea Party-backed Republican finished a distant sixth in the Iowa presidential caucuses, garnering just 1,223 more votes than she did in winning …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon leaders favored arming Syrian rebels
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Chris Christie struggles with politics of his weight … After years of questions about his girth, Chris Christie seemed to settle on a strategy - leave them laughing.  —  The overweight New Jersey governor took to Dave Letterman's couch, donut in hand, on Monday night …
Discussion: CNN and
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
So God Made a Fawner  —  Paul Harvey's ad was terrific.  Steve Kroft's interview was shameful.  —  So many people this week mentioned Jeep's great Super Bowl spot, “So God Made a Farmer,” from a 1978 speech by the late Paul Harvey.  —  Here are some reasons it was great:
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Tom Vilsack is Iowans' Senate pick  —  Iowans think the most appealing candidate for U.S. Senate is Democrat Tom Vilsack, someone who so far hasn't shown much interest in the seat.  —  On the day that fellow Democrat Bruce Braley became the first candidate to dive into the 2014 race …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obama Group Runs Afoul of IRS Rules, Its Own Promise  —  Obama for America continued its metamorphosis this week into Organizing for Action (OFA), an independent organization that will advocate for various “progressive” causes, including immigration reform and gun control.
New Obama group Organizing for Action says it's non-partisan
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Eight Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’  —  Since Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) abandoned his opposition to providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and embraced a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration, political pundits and Republican leaders …
Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can't even fly  —  From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet.  —  But aviation and defense experts say the tiny …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Eight Programs That Have Already Faced Devastating Budget Cuts (And Could Be In For More)  —  Even without the spending cuts included in the so-called “sequester,” America's domestic spending levels are scheduled to hit historic lows in the coming years.  That's because the Budget Control Act …
Discussion: jobsanger, The PJ Tatler and Hullabaloo
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Colbert to Dems: Congress as unpopular as venereal disease and ‘meth labs’
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
With public focused on jobs, Washington fights other fights
Michael Catalini /
New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio More Popular Than Obama
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Alex Leary /
In immigration debate, evangelicals tie issue to Bible to push Republicans
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
California's state Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system
Discussion: DCist, The Raw Story and Althouse
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
Tawana Bourne, Connecticut Woman, Allegedly Pulled Loaded Gun At Chuck E. Cheese
Discussion: Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way Journalists Blow
Discussion: Hot Air, UrbanGrounds and Hit & Run
Justin Peters / Slate:
Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world. Why couldn't he save himself?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Europe consuming more coal
New York Post:
Harry, Henry & Hagel
Discussion: CNN and
New York Times:
Hewlett Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor