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6:30 PM ET, February 9, 2013


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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher Blasts Donald Trump for Suit Over Orangutan Joke  —  Anyone who is a regular reader of this site is probably already familiar with Donald Trump's threat to sue Bill Maher over his joke where he asked flame thrower and birther for proof that he was not the result of his mother having sex with an orangutan.
Discussion: his vorpal sword and
LAPD Had “No Idea” Who They Were Shooting At In Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims' Attorney  —  “It's 100 percent clear that they had no idea who was in that vehicle and just lit it up,” says attorney Christopher Driscoll.  —  Driscoll is representing Maggie Carranza, 47, and her mother …
Chicago Tribune:
Hadiya Pendleton funeral: ‘Beloved angel’ ... ‘More precious than rubies’  —  Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered today as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends.  —  Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama …
Giffords to attend State of the Union  —  (CNN) - Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, critically injured in a 2011 mass shooting, will attend the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. Ron Barber, who replaced her in the House.  —  She resigned her seat in Congress …
Discussion: Politico
USNI News:
Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness  —  The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Torture Memo Author, Now a Federal Judge, Still Justifying Torture  —  Jay Bybee — who signed off on waterboarding as a Justice Department lawyer — ruled last week that the government should be immune from liability for torture.  —  Evan Vucci/AP  —  Frank Rich is absolutely right.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt minority groups, single mothers  —  The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.
Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas  —  (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hitting the road to drum up business.  —  But he isn't on a tour of the Lone Star State.  —  Follow @politicalticker  —  Instead, Perry set off for California on Sunday, where he will spend four days trying …
Discussion: Associated Press
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Mo. Republicans pick Smith to run for Emerson's House seat  —  Local Republicans have selected Missouri state Rep. Jason Smith (R) to run for the seat once held by former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), according to the Southeast Missourian, a decision that is tantamount to a victory for Smith in the heavily Republican district.
Discussion: Southeast Missourian and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Waiting for the Reckoning  —  TPM Reader JB (a former GOP staffer if I remember right) doesn't think either side of the current GOP struggle has reckoned with the first decade of this century ...
New York Times:
Mr. Menendez's Ethics Problem  —  Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority.  Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Grassley: ‘The irony is thick’ in Lew's Cayman Islands investment fund  —  Congressional Republicans are raising new questions about the Treasury nominee's offshore financial holdings.  —  Congressional Republicans are targeting Jack Lew's nomination to lead the Treasury Department …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Caucus and
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Jonathan V. Last / Los Angeles Times:
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