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5:30 PM ET, January 4, 2013

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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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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer: Dems Won't Negotiate With GOP On Debt Ceiling
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Would Back Obama If He Bucks GOP On Debt Ceiling: Source
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
David Axelrod: Boehner's ‘unruly children’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Former NRA President: Banning Assault Weapons Is Like Banning People of Color
Discussion: Mediaite
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
How To Change Pop Culture's Reliance On Violence
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:
Angry at the NRA? That Won't Reduce Gun Violence
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and protein wisdom
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Barney Frank Would Welcome Interim Appointment To Fill Kerry's Senate Seat (VIDEO)
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  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site.  —  The photo showed four members who were not in the original picture …
Discussion: CNN
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Congress Passes $9.7 Billion in Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims  —  WASHINGTON — Under intense pressure from New York and New Jersey, Congress adopted legislation on Friday that would provide $9.7 billion to cover insurance claims filed by people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy relief
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief
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:
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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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First Read:
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Torie Bosch / Slate:
Leading Environmental Activist's Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs  —  Anti-Monsanto activists in Germany in 2009  —  If you fear genetically modified food, you may have Mark Lynas to thank.  By his own reckoning, British environmentalist helped spur the anti-GMO movement …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Hayley Peterson / Daily Mail:
Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal  —  Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Claims Hammers Could Be Outlawed Under Assault Weapons Ban  —  A Republican congressman lambasted the push for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, stating on Friday that if lawmakers wanted to ban assault weapons, they would have to outlaw “hammers” and “machetes” as well.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
Final Tally Shows Obama First Since '56 to Win 51% Twice  —  Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice.
 
 
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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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Obama 2008 campaign fined $375,000
Discussion: Roll Call
Scott Wong / Politico:
Sen. Mike Crapo pleads guilty to drunken driving charge
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Carr / Media Decoder:
New York Observer Hits Reset Again, Names Ken Kurson New Editor
Warner Todd Huston / BREITBART.COM:
NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATOR: WE NEED TO ‘RESTRICT FREEDOMS’ OF CONSERVATIVES
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and The Jawa Report
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Do alcohol and marijuana mix? Colorado is about to find out
Jonathan Alter / Bloomberg:
Liberals Nip Obama as He Battles Republicans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Lender / Hartford Courant:
Debate Begins Early Over Bill To Disclose State Handgun Owners' Names, Addresses
Discussion: The Week and NewsBusters.org
Steve Horwitz / Bleeding Heart Libertarians:
No Girls Allowed!  —  This morning Julie Borowski …
Discussion: EconLog and Consulting by RPM
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem
David Weigel / Slate:
Eighty-Six Minutes of Joe Biden Being Incredible
Discussion: The Week, Michelle Malkin and The Fix
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
New Jersey's Cory Booker Problem
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Continues to Add Jobs at Slow Pace, Report Shows
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Return of the real Obama
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 

 
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