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Rand Paul's Drone Rant  —  Give Rand Paul credit for theatrical timing.  As a snow storm descended on Washington, the Kentucky Republican's old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday filled the attention void on Twitter and cable TV.  If only his reasoning matched the showmanship.
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Republicans, Led by Rand Paul, Finally End Filibuster  —  Updated WASHINGTON — A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nearly 13-hour old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no- more filibuster over the government's use …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Graham Slam Rand Paul's ‘Ridiculous’ Filibuster  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday went after Sen. Rand Paul's talking filibuster of CIA director nominee John Brennan, calling the Kentucky Republican's claim that the U.S. could have hypothetically conducted a drone strike on Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War “ridiculous.”
Discussion: American Spectator
Talking Points Memo:
Obama Administration Responds To Rand Paul On Drones  —  The U.S. government cannot target an American citizen who is not engaged in combat on American soil, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday during his daily press briefing.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McCain, Graham lambast ‘ridiculous’ drone filibuster by Paul  —  Two veteran GOP senators say Sen. Rand Paul “cheapened” the debate over drone policy with “ridiculous” arguments in his filibuster on Wednesday.  —  A day after the Paul filibuster made headlines, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘Life is too short’ to watch Rand Paul filibuster
Discussion: CNN
Amy Argetsinger / The Reliable Source:
Rand Paul fears for Jane Fonda
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
McConnell extends Rand Paul filibuster: It'll take 60 votes to proceed with Brennan nomination
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea warns U.S. of preemptive nuclear strike  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric while the U.N. Security Council considers new sanctions against the reclusive country.
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Harry Hawkins / The Sun:
north korea says it will launch nuclear attack on america  —  Tensions ... North Korea leader Kim Jong-un  —  NORTH Korea led by tyrant Kim Jong-un has sensationally vowed to launch a NUCLEAR attack on the USA.  —  The provocative statement comes weeks after the country conducted underground nuclear tests …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House brushes off North Korea's nuclear threat
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Furious over sanctions, NKorea vows to nuke US
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Republicans emerge from Obama dinner optimistic about deficit deal  —  Senate Republicans are more optimistic about the prospect of a grand bargain on the deficit after an intimate dinner with President Obama Wednesday evening in downtown Washington.  —  Obama and a dozen Republicans discussed …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama invites Paul Ryan to lunch  —  President Barack Obama —seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.
ThinkProgress:   Paul Ryan Balances New Budget By Embracing Obama Policies
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Senators Give Obama Dinner Thumbs Up
Jim Messina / CNN:
Why we're raising money to support Obama agenda  —  Jim Messina says among the policies that Organizing for Action has pushed support to is Obama's plan to curb gun violence … (CNN) — You can't change Washington from the inside.  President Obama was criticized for stating that simple truth during …
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First Read / NBCNews.com:
First Thoughts: A tale of two Senates  —  A tale of two Senates on display last night... Obama's dinner with 12 GOP senators vs. Rand Paul's filibuster... Paul's filibuster actually forces a debate... Principle vs. politics... Obama's dinner gets positive reviews, but it raises three questions …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Winks At Revisiting Filibuster Reform
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney says White House tour shutdown ‘very unfortunate’  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday it was “very unfortunate” that White House tours would be cancelled as a result of the sequester.  —  “We're disappointed by that kind of decision, but it would have been far better …
Discussion: Politico, Politicker and The Hill
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
How the White House silenced gun control groups
Discussion: msnbc.com, ABCNEWS and The Hill
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Gore Sued Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (Exclusive)  —  A $5 million lawsuit claims Gore was “adamant” about not selling his network to oil-rich Qataris but had a “change of heart,” then stiffed the man who came up with the idea for the deal.  —  Current TV's $500 million sale …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama's Leadership  —  A single sentence from Senator Ron Wyden sums up the radicalism of the administration's national-security policies.  —  Reuters  —  When Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, stopped by the Senate floor Wednesday to help …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Fox News-iest Segment in Fox News History  —  If you have never seen Fox News before, here is a four-minute clip that captures the essence of the network so perfectly that you need never watch anything on it again.  It's all here.  At the center, you have an old conservative white guy …
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The War On Entitlements  —  The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts.  —  These facts include the following: Two-thirds of Americans who are over the age of 65 depend on an average annual Social Security benefit …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Boehner ‘optimistic’ about new Obama outreach to GOP
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