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7:25 PM ET, January 6, 2013

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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,” …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell On Future Debt Deals: ‘The Tax Issue Is Finished’ (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitch McConnell Debt Deals, Debt Deals, Mcconnell Debt Ceiling, Mcconnell Tax Policy, Mcconnell Tax Revenues, Mcconnell Taxes, Tax Hikes, Tax Issue, Politics News
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: More tax revenues must be part of next deficit deal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Pelosi: “Not enough” revenue in “fiscal cliff” deal
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Raw Story
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Durbin: Tax reform should be on table in debt-ceiling talks
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
Republican Senator McConnell rules out more taxes in fiscal fight
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 and Balloon Juice
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham Lobs Disingenuous Attacks On Chuck Hagel  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday attacked former Republican senator Chuck Hagel, reportedly President Obama's choice as the next Defense Secretary, calling him a “controversial pick” and suggesting that Hagel is out of the mainstream.
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
TRENDING: GOP senators: Hagel is in for a fight
Discussion: KDVR.com
BuzzFeed:
Top Conservative Radio Figure Calls For “Nationalist” Third Party  —  Uniting the Tea Party.  “Who's the King David?”  —  Michael Savage.  —  Image by John Storey / AP  —  The conservative radio host Michael Savage Sunday called for a third, “nationalist” American political party …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Kate Briquelet / New York Post:
Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops  —  They're on the dole — and watching the pole.  —  Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New Republican Senator Says Gun Safety Is ‘Unconstitutional’  —  Newly-elected Sen. Ted Cruiz (R-TX) accused politicians of exploiting the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut to advance gun safety legislation and argued that efforts to limit assault weapons and high capacity magazines are unconstitutional.
New York Times:
Social Security: It's Worse Than You Think  —  CONGRESS and President Obama have pushed through a relatively modest stopgap measure to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” but over the coming years, the United States will confront another huge cliff: Social Security.  —  In the first presidential debate …
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” …
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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Breaking Down The Deal That Ended The National Hockey League Lockout  —  The National Hockey League and its Players Association agreed on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement early this morning, and while league owners and players must still ratify it, the deal …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Barack Obama readies for host of reforms on Washington return  —  Immigration and gun control at top of agenda as US president looks to make a mark with second term  —  Barack Obama has returned to Washington intent on pushing through a host of reforms in his second term, with a focus on immigration and gun control.
 
 
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Jeremy Hunt / Telegraph:
Stafford Hospital scandal betrayed the NHS says health secretary
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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Looking Back  —  In many ways, the changes in the religious makeup …
Jeff Z. Klein / New York Times:
N.H.L. and Players Union Reach Tentative Agreement to End Lockout
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bill McKibben / Los Angeles Times:
Climate change won't wait
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Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Silence Of The Lambs 3: Media Coverage Of Climate Mixed In 2012, But Still Down Sharply From 2009
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
The Only CIA Officer Scheduled to Go to Jail Over Torture Never Tortured Anybody
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
GOP dissension over debt-ceiling strategy
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Outside, secret money likely to flow in 2013
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama to draw on public support in next round of economic battles with GOP
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