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3:15 AM ET, January 5, 2013

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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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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.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Obama Poised to Name New Defense, Treasury Chiefs
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
CNN:
Hagel expected to be nominated as Defense Secretary
Discussion: This Just In and Politico
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?”
United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas:
Cornyn: Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity  —  WASHINGTON - The following article, authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees, was published today in the Houston Chronicle:  —  Obama Must Engage Congress
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn / Houston Chronicle:
Obama must engage Congress
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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Wall Street Journal:
The Outrageous Sandy Outrage  —  House Speaker John Boehner is getting all sorts of grief these days, but there's one decision for which taxpayers should thank him: putting the brakes on a $60 billion relief bill for the victims of Hurricane Sandy that has become cover for Congress to revive earmarks and the pork machine.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief
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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Fox News:
Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says  —  Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.  —  Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco …
Discussion: Power Line
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper's Gun Map Would've Made the Job Easier, Safer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pelosi's office releases doctored photo of female lawmakers  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office sent a photo of female lawmakers to press Thursday to commemorate a huge moment for the Democratic Party: The first time its House of Representatives caucus didn't have a majority of white men.
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Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi defends photoshopped picture of congresswomen
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Pew Internet:
Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies  —  A survey of a wide-ranging mix of U.S.-based arts organizations shows that the internet, social media, and mobile connectivity now permeate their operations and have changed the way they stage performances, mount and showcase their exhibits …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mashable!
The Week:
WATCH: Joe Biden's wackiest one-liners from swearing in the 113th Congress  —  The vice president clearly loved holding court in the Senate, making hilarious and vaguely inappropriate comments to lawmakers and their families  —  F  —  resh off his big win negotiating the country away …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory  —  The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade.  —  While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington's attention …
Discussion: Boston Herald and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
 
 
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Dante Chinni / Washington Wire:
Politics Counts: How Wealthier Areas Favored Cliff Deal
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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Barney Frank: I Want The Massachusetts Senate Appointment
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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
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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Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and The Jawa Report
Torie Bosch / Slate:
Leading Environmental Activist's Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs
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