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7:05 PM ET, January 4, 2013

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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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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.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Would Back Obama If He Bucks GOP On Debt Ceiling: Source
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich warns Boehner could have ‘disaster on his hands’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
David Axelrod: Boehner's ‘unruly children’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief
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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.
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CNN:
White House has told some members of Congress to expect Hagel nomination
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and This Just In
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama Poised to Name New Defense, Treasury Chiefs
Discussion: CNN and 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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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
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!
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
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 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
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 …
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
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Mark Lynas:
Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013
Discussion: Via Meadia
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.
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.
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: protein wisdom and National Review
John Zaremba / Boston Herald:
Welfare recipients ‘missing’  —  State scrambles as voter mail exposes holes in system  —  Red-faced state officials admitted last night they are trying to find as many as 19,000 missing welfare recipients — after the controversial taxpayer-funded voter registration pitches the state mailed …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem  —  The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.  —  The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin …
 
 
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner the Survivor
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Zach Pontz / Algemeiner.com:
Abbas Salutes Hitler-Supporting Mufti, Terrorists in Anniversary Address
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
US Senator Rand Paul set to visit Israel
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.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Obama 2008 campaign fined $375,000
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
New York Observer Hits Reset Again, Names Ken Kurson New Editor
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Eighty-Six Minutes of Joe Biden Being Incredible
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New Jersey's Cory Booker Problem
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Return of the real Obama
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