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12:35 AM ET, January 8, 2013

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Lee Enterprises / Lincoln Journal Star:
Exclusive: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran  —  Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate “unequivocal, total support for Israel” and endorsement of tough international economic sanctions against Iran.  —  Critics have “completely distorted” …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Real Reason Republicans Hate Hagel  —  It has more to do with President Obama than the former senator from Nebraska.  —  It's good news that President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense, despite the frantic campaign against him that's been mounted by certain Republicans.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Bill Kristol's big plans start with Hagel nomination
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment
Discussion: Daily Dot and Firedoglake
Valerie Jarrett / White House.gov Blog:
Hagel for Secretary of Defense
Paul Krugman:
Be Ready To Mint That Coin  —  Should President Obama be willing to print a $1 trillion platinum coin if Republicans try to force America into default?  Yes, absolutely.  He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that's silly but benign, the other that's equally silly but both vile and disastrous.
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why Platinum Coin Opponents Are All Wrong  —  This morning, Joe Weisenthal and I took our message in favor of minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin to “Bloomberg Surveillance,” where we were met with the usual shock and horror from hosts Tom Keene and Sara Eisen.
WOWT-TV:
Fast-Food Worker Hours Cut, New Health Care Law Blamed  —  A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don't have to pay health benefits.  Around 100 local Wendy's workers have learned their hours are being cut.  A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Wendy's Franchise Cuts Employee Hours To Part-Time To Avoid Obamacare  —  Not long after the owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains admitted their anti-Obamacare campaigns hurt more than helped, the owner of a Wendy's franchise in Omaha, Nebraska plans to cut 300 employees' hours …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD  —  In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy.
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Windy City / Windy City Media Group:
Former gay servicemembers to get full separation pay
Discussion: Daily Kos, Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
John Brennan, “Arabist”  —  By the standards of the Obama administration, John Brennan, its nominee for CIA director, will not be noteworthy for lack of warm feelings towards the State of Israel.  In a normal administration, though, he would stand out for this reason.
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Obama's top terrorism adviser goes from unconfirmable in 2008 to uncontroversial in 2013, reflecting the Obama legacy  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Prior to President Obama's …
This Just In:
Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet  —  Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.  —  First off, we got the official State Department photo of her hosting the weekly meeting of assistant secretaries of state.
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members  —  Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress.
Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog to Set Loan Rules  —  The federal government's consumer watchdog plans to unveil new home-lending rules, potentially reshaping the U.S. mortgage market by ushering in more standardization and preventing a return of the exotic loans that powered the housing bubble.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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DealBook:
In Deal, Bank of America Extends Retreat From Mortgages
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception  —  OVERVIEW  —  Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, but the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Lays Off Staffers Amid Restructuring … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Jim VandeHei, John Harris, Dave Catanese, Jay Westcott, Jess Kamen, Politico, Politico Cult, Politico Cutbacks, Politico Layoffs, Calderone: The Backstory, Media News  —  Editor-in-chief John Harris and executive editor Jim VandeHei
Investor's Business Daily:
Hugo Chavez Hit By Cuba's Surgical Strike  —  Americas: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is dying of cancer in Havana, in a live demonstration of Cuba's vaunted socialized medical care.  He went there instead of Brazil because he wanted to make a political statement.  What irony.
Discussion: Power Line
Rick Green / Capitol Watch:
State Rep. DebraLee Hovey to Gabby Giffords: Stay Out  —  State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, who represents Newtown and Monroe, posted this on her public FB page.  From Florida.  (Note: Hovey removed the post from her public Facebook page on Sunday afternoon).  —  Giffords visited local officials …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gawker
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Mexican Restaurant In South Carolina Under Fire For Racist ‘How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ T-Shirt  —  A Mexican restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina is being criticized for its racist T-shirts showing a wooden trap using tacos as bait with the caption “HOW TO CATCH AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT”.
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Raw Story
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
New Jersey Senate President: Christie May Have ‘Prayed’ For Sandy To Come  —  TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Monday that Gov. Chris Christie might have “prayed” for Superstorm Sandy, because it has provided cover for what Sweeney …
Peggy Fikac / Texas on the Potomac:
Rick Perry for president?  Legislative session gives him chance to burnish credentials  —  The legislative session that opens Tuesday will give Gov. Rick Perry a chance to burnish his credentials if he chooses to make another run for president in 2016.  —  But some are hard-pressed to imagine …
Jenna Mullins / E! Online:
NEWS/NBC Bosses Admit to Talking Donald Trump Out of Presidential Race  —  How close were we to seeing Donald Trump try to run for President?  Close enough for NBC to have to talk him out of it!  —  NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt took the stage with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
After Pinpointing Gun Owners, Paper Is a Target  —  WHITE PLAINS — Local newspapers across the country look for stories that will bring them national attention, but The Journal News, a daily nestled in a wooded office park in a suburb north of New York, may have gotten more than it bargained for.
 
 
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Dave Zirin / thenation.com/blogs/163256:
Notre Dame and Penn State: Two Rape Scandals, Only One Cry for Justice
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Denver Post:
James Holmes preliminary hearing: Witnesses told police shooter was “very calm”
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Bloomberg: Biden no ‘shrinking violet’ on gun control
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hagel the Kyoto-Slayer  —  So far most of the critical discussion …
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Group holds pre-inaugural ‘gun day’
CNN:
Bush 41 mending, watches football in hospital
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Eric Homberger / Guardian:
Sol Yurick obituary
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Gustavo Arellano / Navel Gazing:
Huell Howser, California TV Legend, Passes Away :-(
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rendell Attacks Safety Net While Calling for More Elected Republicans
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
McCain: Google Delegation to NKorea ‘Useful Idiots’
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times and Gretawire
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Arpaio Dispatches Armed Volunteer Posses To Begin School Patrols
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
 

 
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