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11:40 AM 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.”
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Senate Democrats struggle to craft plan for sequester replacement  —  Senate Democrats are struggling to come up with a replacement for the $85 billion sequester set to begin on March 1.  —  Key Democrats huddled Thursday in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: The Plum Line, Hot Air and
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 …
Discussion: The Plum Line and New York Times
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Some in GOP want sequester deal
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
Daily Breeze:
Search for Christopher Dorner, suspect in 3 killings, leads to Big Bear
Discussion: Guardian
Your Anon News:
Here's an UNCENSORED copy of the rogue LAPD officers manifesto  —  Christopher Dorner w/ Chief William Bratton
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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 …
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
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:
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: The PJ Tatler, jobsanger and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Roll Call and Taegan Goddard's …
Alex Leary /
In immigration debate, evangelicals tie issue to Bible to push Republicans  —  Faith leaders and their congregations have become an unlikely but powerful ally to reform advocates, framing the question over what to do with 11 million unauthorized residents as one of moral compassion, and tapping into influence among Republicans to so
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system  —  The book Laura Murphy wants removed from Fairfax County classrooms is considered a modern American classic.  It is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a masterpiece of fiction whose author's 1993 Nobel Prize in literature citation said that she …
Discussion: DCist, The Raw Story and Althouse
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.
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
California's state Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package  —  All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines would be banned, all guns would be registered and no ammunition could be bought without a special permit in California under a sweeping list of bills rolled out Thursday by state Senate Democrats.
Justin Peters / Slate:
Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world.  Why couldn't he save himself?  —  Aaron Swartz at a Boston Wiki Meetup on Aug. 19, 2009  —  On Jan. 4, 2013, Aaron Swartz woke up in an excellent mood.  “He turned to me,” recalls his girlfriend Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, “and said, apropos of nothing, ‘This is going to be a great year.’ ”
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Dana Bash / CNN:
Sources: Bipartisan senators making progress on gun background check legislation
Discussion: American Prospect and Hot Air
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
Tawana Bourne, Connecticut Woman, Allegedly Pulled Loaded Gun At Chuck E. Cheese
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way Journalists Blow
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Europe consuming more coal
New York Post:
Harry, Henry & Hagel
Discussion: and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Investor's Business Daily:
F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?
Discussion: Doug Ross and
New York Times:
Hewlett Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
Discussion: IHT Rendezvous, The Verge and Engadget
Juana Summers / Politico:
Richard Burr jokes about waterboarding at Brennan hearing
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Profound Weight of Layoffs Is Seen in Work Trends Survey
Discussion: Economix and NPR