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January 23, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Senators hear Clinton testify on Benghazi assault
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    Clinton/Reuters
    Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave long-awaited testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, choking up as she described the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. Officials had acted quickly to correct the failings that led up to the attack, Clinton said, and remained committed to promoting democracy around the world. "Nobody is more committed to getting this right," she said. "I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/23) , The Washington Post (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Agenda Items 
  • Biden dreams of the presidency, officials say
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    Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly considering a 2016 run, and he signaled the seriousness of his intentions by calling 200 Democratic bigwigs to his residence this week to discuss the party's future. Party insiders say Biden used the 2012 race to aggressively court high-rolling Obama donors, and to establish a network of contacts in key early-voting primary states. "He's intoxicated by the idea, and it's impossible not to be intoxicated by the idea," one top Democrat says. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/23) , USA Today (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Federal vs. private sector pay: Where the gaps are
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    Source: Face the Facts USA
    The latest figures show the federal government pays its workers 2% more, on average, than workers in the private sector. Low-educated workers earn 21% more than their private-sector counterparts, while those with professional or doctorate degrees earn an average of 23% less than they would in private employment. Face the Facts USA (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Did Beyonce really sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"?
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    Pop icon Beyonce has been accused of lip-syncing to a taped performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Still, if Beyonce did fake it, she's in good company: Whitney Houston lip-synced her famous rendition of the anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma reportedly "hand synced" his performance at Obama's first inauguration in 2009. CBS News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character."
--Robert E. Lee, American soldier and Confederate general
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