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2:33 AM ET, February 16, 2013


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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren's Aggressive Questioning Prompts Anger From Wall Street  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) meeting with bank regulators Thursday left bankers reeling, after the politician questioned why regulators had not prosecuted a bank since the financial crisis.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Hapless Bank Regulators At First Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Elizabeth Warren, Video, Financial Regulation, Senate Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Bank Regulators, Elizabeth Warren Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Occ, Elizabeth Warren Sec, Elizabeth Warren Wall Street, Politics News
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Runs Counter to the Senate's Courtly Ways  —  WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a divisive filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice lost to laryngitis …
Fox News:
Where is Senate battle over Hagel headed?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
Filibuster Temporarily Delays Hagel Nomination: Everybody Wins!
Voice of Russia, News:
Russian MP blames meteor shower on US secret arms test  —  Russia's controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today's meteorite scare, local media report.  —  “Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons,” Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists.
Discussion: WorldViews, Mediaite, Guardian, VICE and BuzzFeed
Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges  —  Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will plead guilty to conspiring with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and memorabilia associated with Michael Jackson …
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., wife  —  WASHINGTON— Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.  —  Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Charged With Misusing Campaign Funds  —  WASHINGTON — In the span of four years starting in 2007, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., then a representative from Illinois, amassed a collection of celebrity memorabilia, furs, jewelry and furniture.  —  Working with an antiques dealer …
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Facebook Security / Facebook:
Protecting People On Facebook  —  Facebook, like every significant internet service, is frequently targeted by those who want to disrupt or access our data and infrastructure.  As such, we invest heavily in preventing, detecting, and responding to threats that target our infrastructure …
Associated Press:
Facebook says it was hacked, no data compromised  —  Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack.  —  The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
OOPS: GOP Rep. Inadvertently Makes The Case For Nearly Doubling The Minimum Wage  —  President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to inflation so that it keeps up with growth in the economy was quickly rebuked by top Republicans like Speaker John Boehner …
LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C., Lowest in North Dakota  —  All states are within two percentage points of the overall national average of 3.5%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7% in North Dakota …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox Business host: Preschool is just Obama ‘handing out goodies’ to the poor  —  Fox Business host Stuart Varney is blasting President Barack Obama's proposal to provide high-quality early education for poor and middle-class children, saying that the plan is just Democrats handing out “goodies” …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Fox News: Obama Proposed ‘Free’ Preschool To Toddlers So They Can Vote For Him ‘In The Future’
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Controversial Preacher Bradlee Dean Kicked Off High School Campus In Florida  —  Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean has demanded a Florida high school that kicked him off campus on Wednesday allow him to return and speak at the school.  —  Dean, who last year sparked outrage …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Lawmakers: Not spacey to study asteroids  —  Rep. Lamar Smith on Friday called for hearings on space science and exploration, following the aftermath of the meteor that landed and an asteroid making its close fly-by of Earth.  —  “Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mashable!
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama  —  The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend.  His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado.  The two daughters will be with Michelle.  —  From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One:
Discussion: CNN
Christopher Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Harrison Ford In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?  Han Solo Reportedly Back For New Film  —  Video, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford Han Solo, Harrison Ford Star Wars, Harrison Ford Star Wars Episode 7, Star Wars Episode 7 Harrison Ford, Star Wars Episode VII, Star Wars Harrison Ford, Entertainment News
Discussion: The Verge, and Hot Air
Commentary Magazine:
How to Save the Republican Party  —  The Republican Party is in trouble: In the wake of the presidential election, everybody has said so, and everybody is right.  From there, however, a hundred paths diverge and a thousand voices have been heard.  The relevant questions are these: How deep is the trouble?
Tim Rosaforte / Golf Digest:
Obama to get golf lessons from Harmons  —  The President's golfing weekend at The Floridian GC in Palm City, Fla., will include more than golf on a Tom Fazio course or an afternoon of ball beating at the Harmon School of Golf on campus.  The Harmons, Butch and son Claude III …
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
So Long, Sarah, Hello Herman: Cain Officially Joins Fox News As Contributor
Discussion: Colorlines
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Taxpayer dollars used to fund study tying Tea Party to tobacco lobby
Dylan Byers / Politico:
At CNBC, a strict guest policy
Discussion: TVNewser
David Weigel / Slate:
The Cuccinelli Manifesto  —  Virginia's attorney general …
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Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rangel wants women to be drafted
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Behind closed doors, House GOP tries to find its way
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Spokeswoman Quits After Four Months
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014