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1:10 AM ET, February 19, 2013


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Dana Loesch / RedState:
Colorado Democrat: Women Don't Need Guns If They 'Feel Like They're Going To Be Raped'  —  Chill, women, says Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar.  While arguing for the disarmament of college students, Salazar says that even if women feel like they're going to be raped, they may not, so who needs a firearm for protection?
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
No excuse to lift the filibuster  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed on “Fox News Sunday” that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel responded to his letter jointly signed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) asking whether he made the reported comment at Rutgers University that the State Department …
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
McCain claims ‘massive cover-up’ on Benghazi
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
GOP senators waiting for Obama outreach  —  President Barack Obama will need Republican senators to pass his ambitious agenda — and the White House has even identified the top prospects.  —  But after months of buildup and a week since his State of the Union address, key aides on the Hill …
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Steve Brusk / CNN:   TRENDING: Obama on the links: Did the lessons pay off?
Sexy U.S. Presidents: Would You Hit It Or Quit It?  —  How bone-able are these presidential h0tties?  —  Katie Notopoulos  —  an hour ago  —  28 responses
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Reaganism After Reagan  —  TODAY'S Republicans are very good at tending the fire of Ronald Reagan's memory but not nearly as good at learning from his successes.  They slavishly adhere to the economic program that Reagan developed to meet the challenges of the late 1970s and early 1980s …
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire  —  Heineman gave few hints about his thinking in a Monday press conference, in which he thanked Johanns for his service.  The governor said he was considering getting into the race but had not made a final decision and that he had yet to speak to his wife …
Discussion: Roll Call, Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama  —  A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Obama last November should be fired, the college's president recommended.  —  Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why Barron's Went With That Preposterous Cover About Obama Turning America Into Greece  —  In case you missed it, quiet financial newspaper Barron's took a huge swipe at Obama in its latest cover, promising that if he got his way, the US would be on the road to Greece.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Terrence T. McDonald / New Jersey Online:
Jersey City assemblyman ‘likes’ two racy, violent Facebook pages  —  Assemblyman Charles Mainor, seen here in June 2011, is in hot water after a constituent complained about two websites Mainor (Photo by The Jersey Journal)  —  Jersey City Assemblyman Charles Mainor is in hot water again …
Discussion: NY Daily News, BuzzFeed and
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Mexican Supreme Court: American Cases Demand Marriage Equality  —  In a sweeping ruling striking down a ban on same-sex couples' marriages in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico's Supreme Court says U.S. Supreme Court cases support marriage equality.  —  A gay couple takes part in a mock wedding in Monterrey, Mexico, on February 16, 2013.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
Sidebar: Bucking Trend, Supreme Court Still Rejects Video Coverage
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What's News, and What Isn't  —  The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren't true-although that sometimes happens-but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news.  Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Arutz Sheva
CBS News:
Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say  —  Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.  —  Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik …
David Frum / CNN:
Obama needs a ‘Plan B’ on guns  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.”  Frum was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.
Richard Epstein / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Ronald Dworkin: A Tribute from the Other Side of the Political Spectrum  —  This past week brought the sad news of the death of my NYU colleague, the philosopher and legal scholar Ronald Dworkin, who passed away in London after a struggle with leukemia.  —  Dworkin must rate …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias  —  The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling …
Montgomery Advertiser:
Ala. House of Representatives expected to take up abortion clinic bill Tuesday  —  The House is expected to take up an abortion clinic bill Tuesday.  This file photo shows a 2010 abortion protest in front of Montgomery's Saint Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.  / Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser file
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Former Gov. Palin to address CPAC 2013  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will speak at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  —  “We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” said American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas in a statement.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   Palin in conservative spotlight next month
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27%
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Reuters
Fox News:
Bill allowing meat from roadkill passes in Montana House
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Teddy Turner battles Ted's legacy
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …, Mediaite and CNN
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program
Denver Post:
House OKs gun bills
Thomas E. Donilon / New York Times:
Hezbollah Unmasked  —  ON FEB. 5, after more than six months …
Discussion: The Times of Israel and CNN
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Peres to give Obama Medal of Distinction
 Earlier Items: 
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
In GOP Civil War, No Easy Answers
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kurt Schlichter /
No, Obama Is Not My Daddy - He's My Employee
Discussion: Vodkapundit
David Lev / Arutz Sheva:
Islamists ‘Islamicize’ Egyptian Singer With Female Caftan
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Leonard Greene / New York Post:
Alec fast & slur-ious
John Markoff / New York Times:
Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain
Discussion: News Desk and Michelle Malkin