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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich warns Boehner could have ‘disaster on his hands’  —  Newt Gingrich warned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he risks losing control of his conference without a more coherant strategy.  —  “He can't keep thinking the way he's thought the last few months without having a disaster on his hands …
Discussion: Politico
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner reelected as Speaker; nine Republicans defect in vote  —  Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected Speaker of the House on Thursday after a week of rumors of a possible GOP revolt.  —  Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members …
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Barney Frank: I want to be senator  —  Barney Frank, one day out of Congress, said on Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back as an interim senator when Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state.  —  “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn't interested,” Frank said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ex-Rep. Barney Frank wants interim appointment to replace Kerry in Senate  —  Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank has asked to be appointed as an interim senator to replace Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).  —  Frank, who just retired from Congress, said Friday he had asked Massachusettes Gov. Deval Patrick …
Discussion: CNN
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
First Day of 113th Congress Brings More Women to Capitol  —  WASHINGTON — As the 113th Congress opens, the Senate and the House are starting to look a little bit more like the people they represent.  —  The new Congress includes a record number of women (101 across both chambers …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Signs Defense Bill, With Conditions  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama set aside his veto threat and on late Wednesday signed a defense bill that imposes restrictions on transferring detainees out of military prisons in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
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Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:   NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama signs defense bill, notes regrets
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead  —  New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.  And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.  —  WHEN RUDY GIULIANI RAN FOR MAYOR of New York City in 1993 …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Crime Is at its Lowest Level in 50 Years. A Simple Molecule May Be the Reason Why.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
No, a $1 Trillion Platinum Coin is Not Legal  —  For some reason, the possibility of evading the debt ceiling by minting a $1 trillion platinum coin is getting some blogospheric love again.  This is based on a 2000 revision to the U.S. statute on money and finance that reads:
Discussion: Unfogged and Balloon Juice
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
HHS approves healthcare exchanges in 8 states  —  Eight more states won conditional approval Thursday to operate healthcare exchanges under President Obama's healthcare law.  —  California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah will run state-based exchanges …
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi to guest star on ‘30 Rock’ series finale  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will make her scripted TV series debut on the series finale of NBC's “30 Rock.”  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Jacquelyn Martin - AP) I know what you're thinking …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi consolidates support among House Democrats in Speaker vote
Discussion: The Week, Politico and Hot Air
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden: Republicans had ‘epiphany’ on immigration  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Republicans have had a major realization in their approach to immigration reform in recent weeks.  —  “Have you ever seen a time when Republicans have had a more rapid epiphany about immigration than they have this last election?”
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Smith / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Electricity Use on Wane  —  Americans are using more gadgets, televisions and air conditioners than ever before.  But, oddly, their electricity use is barely growing, posing a daunting challenge for the nation's utilities.  —  The Energy Information Administration is projecting …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Classic Biden on Display at Senate Mock Swearing-In  —  Vice President Joe Biden turned on the charm and amped up the wit at the Senate mock swearing-in today, schmoozing with senators' moms, doling out dating advice to one senator's granddaughter and offering some workout help to one new senator's family member.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Post Politics
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Michael Lester / Talking Points Memo:
Joe Biden's Friskiest Moments From The Senate Swearing-In (VIDEO)
Discussion: Gawker
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 20 Most Annoying Liberals of 2012 (10th Annual)  —  Honorable Mentions: Bill Ayers, Bob Beckel, Joy Behar, Eric Boehlert, Margaret Cho, Candy Crowley, Code Pink, Lena Dunham, Dianne Feinstein, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Kathy Griffin, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, Ezra Klein, Rachel Maddow …
Michal Shmulovich / The Times of Israel:
Hamas, PA reportedly refuse to take in Palestinian refugees from Syria  —  Gaza leader says the precedent might be used by Jerusalem to counter Palestinians' demand for the ‘right of return’ to land within Israel  —  Hamas and the Palestinian Authority rejected the United Nations' request …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Battles of the Budget  —  The centrist fantasy of a Grand Bargain on the budget never had a chance.  Even if some kind of bargain had supposedly been reached, key players would soon have reneged on the deal — probably the next time a Republican occupied the White House.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Chief Justice Roberts to Preside at Obama Swearing-In  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama's inaugural planning committee will announce this morning that - surprise!  - Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will deliver the oath of office to Mr. Obama when he is sworn in for a second term later this month.
Discussion: The Hill
Randall S. Kroszner / New York Times:
The New Tell-All Fed  —  WITHIN moments of their release on Thursday afternoon, the minutes from the Federal Reserve's December policy meeting caused a bond-market sell-off.  Yields on Treasury bonds jumped as traders quickly dumped 10- and 30-year government bonds.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Quartz
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Looking to the next debt-ceiling fight, Nadler proposes a trillion-dollar coin trick  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler has an admittedly “out of the ordinary” solution to the coming fight over the debt ceiling.  —  “There is specific statutory authority that says that the Federal Reserve can mint …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Former NYC Mayoral Candidate Equates Gun Owners With Child Molesters, Wants Gun Owner Registry
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