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10:30 PM ET, January 4, 2013

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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer: Dems Won't Negotiate With GOP On Debt Ceiling  —  Echoing President Obama's refusal to negotiate on the debt limit, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned Republicans on Friday that Democrats have no intention of giving in to any of their demands in exchange for lifting the nation's borrowing limit to pay its bills.
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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn / Houston Chronicle:
Obama must engage Congress  —  Texans would have been hit with the biggest tax increase in the history of our country if Congress failed to act on the American Taxpayer Relief Act in the early hours of 2013.  The question I faced was, “Would Texans be better off with a massive tax increase?”
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Would Back Obama If He Bucks GOP On Debt Ceiling: Source … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Debt Ceiling, Harry Reid , House Republicans, Video, 14th Amendment, Debt Limit, Platinum Coin, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich warns Boehner could have ‘disaster on his hands’
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn / Houston Chronicle:
Obama must engage Congress
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama expected to pick Hagel as opponents prepare for a fight  —  President Barack Obama is expected to name Chuck Hagel as his choice for defense secretary as early as Monday, as critics of the former Nebraska senator prepare to go to war to fight his expected nomination.
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Hagel likely to be nominated for Defense Secretary next week  —  Multiple sources on Capitol Hill and in key special-interest groups involved in national security issues say they have been told to be prepared for a Chuck Hagel nomination for Defense Secretary, either as early as Monday or perhaps more likely Tuesday of next week.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama Poised to Name New Defense, Treasury Chiefs
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and This Just In
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Club for Growth will punish members voting for Sandy flood aid  —  The conservative Club for Growth said Friday that it will punish House members who voted for a flood insurance measure aimed at helping pay for Hurricane Sandy's damage.  —  The Club will “key-vote” the measure, using it to compile an annual rating for each lawmaker.
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John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Not Fazed by Photoshopped Pic of Dem Women  —  Thursday morning, as the 113th Congress prepared to be sworn into office, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a photo opportunity on the steps of the House of Representatives with Democratic women from the caucus.
Discussion: Post Politics
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Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi defends photoshopped picture of congresswomen
Discussion: CNN
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Former NRA President Equates Gun Laws With Racism  —  Those looking for moderation and sensitivity in the gun control debate probably, by this point, know better than to look to the National Rifle Association.  —  But even by the standards of what we've heard from the NRA recently …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Claims Hammers Could Be Outlawed Under Assault Weapons Ban
Discussion: The Raw Story
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:   Former NRA President: Banning Assault Weapons Is Like Banning People of Color
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Have Mixed Reaction to Fiscal Cliff Agreement  —  Democrats much more positive about agreement than Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have a decidedly mixed reaction to the “fiscal cliff” agreement reached by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama this week …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
David Axelrod: Boehner's ‘unruly children’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
A trillion-dollar-coin idea takes off, and a former head of the U.S. Mint doesn't see why it shouldn't  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler proposed issuing a trillion-dollar coin to circumvent an impending fight over the federal debt ceiling, and the idea has taken off.  —  The idea, which Nadler assured me was …
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why We Must Go Off the Platinum Coin Cliff
New York Times:
Al Jazeera in America  —  Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network, has long wanted to gain a bigger American television audience, and it may have finally found a way to do that by buying Current TV.  But as the deal was being signed, Time Warner Cable announced it would immediately stop carrying Current …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and Himself
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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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Barney Frank: I Want The Massachusetts Senate Appointment
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Powerful Tea Party Group's Internal Docs Leak—Read Them Here  —  FreedomWorks bills itself as a grassroots outfit, but it's bankrolled mostly by big-money donors.  —  FreedomWorks, the national conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots operation …
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
Purity Culture Is Rape Culture  —  Indian women offer prayers for a gang rape victim at Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi.  —  Her intestines were removed because the six men used a rusty metal rod during the “rape.”  —  That fact—the rusty metal rod—is what's haunted …
KGO-TV:
SF buses help teach what ‘jihad’ really means  —  SFMTA, san francisco news, ama daetz  —  Ama Daetz  —  , Ama Daetz biography  —  More: Bio, E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, News Team  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Buses in San Francisco are carrying messages of jihad, but it's not what you might think.
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Hope and less change: Americans cringe at first paychecks of 2013; Stunned lib asks, ‘What happened?’  —  Happy New Year and happy payday!  Thank goodness our “lord and savior” Obama signed the fiscal cliff bill into law after proudly proclaiming, “Under this law, more than 98 percent …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
House rules aim to block controversial healthcare board's Medicare cuts  —  House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama's healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress.  —  The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress.
nbcconnecticut.com:
Lawmaker Proposes Publicizing Gun Owners' Names  —  Lawmakers across the state are taking on gun control issues in the aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14.  —  State Rep. Stephen Dargen, a Democratic legislator from West Haven …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Dante Chinni / Washington Wire:
Politics Counts: How Wealthier Areas Favored Cliff Deal
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory
Discussion: Boston Herald and Weasel Zippers
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper's Gun Map Would've Made the Job Easier, Safer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Zaremba / Boston Herald:
Welfare recipients ‘missing’
Zach Pontz / Algemeiner.com:
Abbas Salutes Hitler-Supporting Mufti, Terrorists in Anniversary Address
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
US Senator Rand Paul set to visit Israel
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The December jobs report proves the fiscal cliff deal a farce
Discussion: Dean's World
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
We Don't Have a Spending Problem. We Have an Aging Problem.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Torie Bosch / Slate:
Leading Environmental Activist's Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem
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