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11:25 AM ET, January 7, 2013

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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Topsy-turvy Hagel politics  —  President Obama wants to get credit for bipartisanship, so he picks a Republican defense secretary who will garner few if any Republican votes.  He walks away from a politically loyal African American woman for secretary of state (whose nomination would open …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Crack Pipe  —  I'm watching a lot of neoconservative policy activists and a lot of people in the press telling me that it's a very up in the air thing whether Chuck Hagel gets confirmed as Secretary of Defense.  These folks should stop smoking crack.  Because crack isn't good for you.
Discussion: The Week, Guardian and Balloon Juice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Brennan tapped to lead CIA  —  President Barack Obama will announce Monday that he's nominating the White House's point person on counterterrorism, John Brennan, to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, White House officials told POLITICO.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, CNN and Business Insider
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Counterterror Adviser to be Named Chief of C.I.A.  —  President Obama will announce on Monday that John O. Brennan, his counterterrorism adviser and a career Central Intelligence Agency officer, is his choice to head the agency, two months after David H. Petraeus stepped down after admitting …
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Hagel's Mideast blunder-not on Israel
Discussion: Slate, The Atlantic Online and The Week
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Pick Chuck Hagel for Defense Post
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA
CBS News:
Obama to tap John Brennan to head CIA: sources
Discussion: CBS DC, Hot Air and CBS New York
Fox News:
Obama to nominate counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan for CIA director
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Education of John Boehner  —  Leverage for the next clash: GOP willingness to let the spending sequester take effect.  —  What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new tax revenues this year  —  Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.  —  Democratic leaders have had little time to craft …
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought
Elisabeth Arriero / The Charlotte Observer:
Man ID'd as Rand Paul's son arrested at airport  —  A teenager identified in several media outlets as the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the grandson of former presidential candidate Ron Paul was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Discussion: Gawker, ABCNEWS and The Raw Story
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Rand Paul in Israel: US foreign aid can't be one-way  —  Republican Senator tells Israeli audience it will be harder to be a friend to Israel if the US is “out of money.”  —  Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a fierce opponent of US foreign aid who is being touted already …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Josh Haskell / ABCNEWS:
Senator Rand Paul's Son Arrested at Charlotte Airport
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Rand Paul's son arrested, report says
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The conservative movement is still an elaborate moneymaking venture  —  The story of FreedomWorks' big Glenn Beck payout encapsulates the right-wing media  —  The conservative media movement exists primarily as a moneymaking venture.  As Rick Perlstein explained in the Baffler …
Paul Krugman:
The Outside Man  —  Yes, I've heard about the notion that I should be nominated as Treasury Secretary.  I'm flattered, but it really is a bad idea.  —  Part of the reason is that I am indeed the World's Worst Administrator — and that does matter.  Someone else can do the paperwork …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Fail  —  It's that time again: the annual meeting of the American Economic Association and affiliates, a sort of medieval fair that serves as a marketplace for bodies (newly minted Ph.D.'s in search of jobs), books and ideas.  And this year, as in past meetings …
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Democrat Says Obama's Gun Control Proposals Are Extreme  —  On ABC's This Week yesterday, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp described President Obama's gun control proposals as “extreme.” … Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.  —  Heitkamp's comments come …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
14th Amendment Option: Nancy Pelosi Urges Obama To ‘Just Go Do It’ (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Debt Ceiling, Harry Reid , House Republicans, Nancy Pelosi, Debt Ceiling, Video, 14th Amendment, 14th Amendment Debt, 14th Amendment Option, Debt Limit, Politics News, Obama 14th Amendment, Politics News
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: More tax revenues must be part of next deficit deal
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
CASTING VOTES  —  Here's a safe prediction for 2013: few people will pine for the Presidential campaign of 2012.  Even Barack Obama's most ardent supporters acknowledge that his victory provided little of the euphoria of four years ago.  Not many Republicans have longed to hear …
 
 
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