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12:30 PM ET, January 6, 2013

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings  —  Chip Somodevilla/GETTY IMAGES - Vice President Biden, center, leads the first meeting of the working group on gun violence on Dec. 20.  From left, he's joined by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. …
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George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Reported Obama Gun Proposals ‘Way in Extreme’  —  Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told me this morning on “This Week” that while all options should be on the table to address gun violence, President Obama's reported plans to curb shootings are “way in extreme” …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
McConnell: Tax issue ‘finished completely,’ focus now on spending  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said Republicans will demand steep spending cuts during the next round of budget negotiations.  —  McConnell, in an interview with ABC's “This Week,” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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Reuters:
Republican Senator McConnell rules out more taxes in fiscal fight  —  (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday ruled out raising tax revenues again on top of the tax hike on the wealthy in the “fiscal cliff” deal, and said the full focus must now be on spending cuts.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Graham blasts Hagel pick as an ‘in your face nomination’ from Obama  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday expressed dismay at reports President Obama would tap former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for Secretary of Defense, calling it an “in your face” selection.  —  “I like Chuck Hagel.
Discussion: Politico
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Politico:
Obama to pick Chuck Hagel for Pentagon  —  President Barack Obama has settled on Chuck Hagel, a Republican and former U.S. senator from Nebraska, to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with an announcement expected Monday, Democratic officials tell POLITICO.
Discussion: The Week and The Fix
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Insults Nancy Pelosi's Appearance: 'There's No Facelift With John Boehner'  —  An outspoken Republican congressman castigated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's looks during a radio interview Friday.  —  Speaking with guest host Larry O'Connor on the Dennis Miller Show …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Conservatives gone wild  —  Mindless slaps at the speaker  —  The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
G.O.P. Begins Soul-Searching After Tax Vote  —  Everett Wilkinson, a Tea Party leader, top left, says pressure will continue.  Newt Gingrich, top right, has softened his views on same-sex marriage.  Pat McCrory, bottom left, the new governor of North Carolina, emphasizes pragmatism.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits  —  Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
GOP dissension over debt-ceiling strategy  —  Video: In President Barack Obama's weekly address he says, “will not compromise” over his insistence that Congress lift the federal debt ceiling.  The nation's credit rating was downgraded the last time lawmakers threatened inaction on the ceiling, in 2011.
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The Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep.: Debt-ceiling blank check is like Emancipation Proclamation [VIDEO]
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama to draw on public support in new round of economic battles  —  President Obama intends to take a confrontational approach with Republicans in future economic battles by using the same campaign-style events the White House saw as effective in the “fiscal-cliff” fight.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Don't call it gun control, says Democrats' point person on the issue
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