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10:30 AM ET, February 9, 2013


 Top Items: 
Kelsey Snell / Politico:
Obama's Treasury pick hits Cayman Island snag  —  An investment Jack Lew made in the Cayman Islands has been flagged as an issue in the Treasury secretary nominee's vetting by the Senate Finance Committee, according to multiple sources close to the confirmation process.
Discussion: CNN, BuzzFeed, Hot Air and The Hill
Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP  —  Washington (CNN) - Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
When Crazed Shooters Can't Be Linked To The Tea Party, Media Displays Admirable Restraint
Discussion: Hot Air
Dorner manhunt: Lawyer calls shootings of paper carriers ‘unacceptable’  —  An attorney representing two women who were delivering newspapers when they were shot by police during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer called the incident “unacceptable,” saying his clients looked nothing like the suspect.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Christopher Dorner Vanished, May Have Very Powerful Weapons  —  Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner has vanished.  —  More than 24 hours after Dorner allegedly shot and killed one police officer and injured two others, police say they have no idea where the former cop with a vendetta against police has gone.
Sandy Mazza / Daily Breeze:
Christopher Dorner: A look at the man behind the mayhem
Discussion: The Raw Story
Washington Free Beacon:
Greatest Living President is Also Fantastic Painter  —  The illegal hack of Bush family email accounts had an unanticipated consequence, the Smoking Gun reports: … The paintings demonstrate a command of line and color that is rarely seen in the modern-day “art” world.
Andy Borowitz / Borowitz Report:
U.S. Cancels Regular Drone Strikes on Saturdays  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Citing budgetary concerns, the United States announced today that it would discontinue regular Saturday drone strikes on U.S. citizens, beginning in 2014.  —  In announcing the decision …
Shane Bacon / Yahoo! Sports:
Condoleezza Rice hit spectator in head during first round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am  —  It's been a pretty incredible few months for Condoleezza Rice.  The former secretary of state, along with Darla Moore, became one of two women accepted as members of Augusta National, a first for the home of the Masters …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan V. Last / Los Angeles Times:
Fertility and immigration  —  Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and who goes.  —  President Obama speaks to the U.S. House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va., where he reportedly implored Democrats in the House to stay with their principles during legislative fights …
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Obama to Help House Democrats Recruit Candidates  —  (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Updated 2:30 p.m. |  LEESBURG, Va. — President Barack Obama has agreed to do more than just raise money for House Democrats' effort to win back the majority in 2014: He is also going to help with candidate recruitment.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Clinton brings warning to House Democrats about 2014 campaign
Discussion: Politico
Kate Nocera / Politico:   Bill Clinton to Democrats: Come up with a plan
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
House Democrats Have More Power in New Congress
Discussion: CNN
David Weigel / Slate:
Republicans Start to Get Wobbly on Sequester  —  The most confusing who's-up-who's-down in this city right now is the War Over Sequestration.  A brief recap:  — $1.2 trillion is scheduled to be cut from the defense budget and parts of the non-defense budget.  We have a clear idea of what would be cut if this goes through.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mother Jones
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security  —  Unless Congress acts by March 1st, a series of automatic cuts—called a sequester—that threaten thousands of jobs and the economic security of the middle class will take effect.
Stafford scandal: Jeremy Hunt calls for police inquiry into NHS  —  Police should investigate the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients at the Mid Staffordshire NHS hospitals in the wake of the public inquiry, the Health Secretary says.  —  In an interview with The Daily Telegraph …
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Elizabeth Scalia / The Anchoress:
Our Future Will be Hunger Games USA  —  The nation is already accustomed to watching “reality shows” where ordinary folk — their foibles and failures — are served up as entertainment.  And we're already comfortable with an idea of separate standards for the elite folk who fly private jets …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Senator Introduces Bill To End Huge Corporate Tax Giveaway  —  Corporations offshoring profits costs both the federal government and states billions of dollars per year.  One of the more egregious giveaways is known as “deferral,” which allows U.S. corporations to avoid paying taxes …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Amish Sect Leader Gets 15 Years in Beard-Cutting Attacks  —  The leader of a dissident Amish sect was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for a series of bizarre beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Ohio Amish that drew national attention.  —  Samuel Mullet Sr., 67, the leader …
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story, NPR and Hatewatch
Carl Levin:
Levin: GOP requests for Hagel disclosure “go far beyond” committee standards  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter [PDF] today to Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe, responding to a letter by Sen. Inhofe and other Republican senators insisting …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘Never felt so safe’: Second Amendment rallies draw gun-toting citizens to state capitols [photos]  —  Citizens around the country are gathering at state capitols today to rally in support of the Second Amendment and exercise their right to bear arms. … Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr tweeted his support.
Discussion: Nice Deb
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Obama hails Panetta in farewell ceremony
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Maryland Middle School Promotes Ex-Gay Therapy To Students
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
MSM conceals Christopher Dorner's “ideology”
Discussion: JustOneMinute
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Using Twitter, Facebook To Troll Obama On Sequester
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Daily Kos
Sam Jones / Guardian:
Asteroid will come closer than satellites - but it's not the end of the world
Discussion: The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ross Eisenbrey / New York Times:
America's Genius Glut
Discussion: AEIdeas, Hit & Run and Business Insider
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?