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10:25 AM ET, January 8, 2013

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USA Today:
Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence  —  Our new campaign will launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — The children of Sandy Hook deserve our efforts to stop gun violence.  —  In response to a horrific series …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Giffords launches new gun-control initiative
Discussion: CNN
New York Sun:
Hagel and the Jews  —  A friend and admirer of Senator Hagel called the other day to ask whether we'd ever met the nominee to be secretary of defense.  We expressed our regrets that we hadn't.  Our friend wanted us to know that Mr. Hagel does not dislike the Jews.
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CBS News:
Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel  —  Iran's Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S.  —  Asked about Hagel's nomination, ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast …
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Wing News and The Week
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.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner  —  Americans give a lukewarm response to last week's agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, albeit with higher marks for the deal to President Obama than to House Speaker John Boehner.  —  More people in this ABC News/Washington Post poll approve …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Majority disapprove of Boehner's handling of ‘cliff’ talks, poll finds  —  Fifty-one percent disapproved of Boehner's efforts in budget talks, with 52 percent approving of Obama's stance.  —  A slim majority of Americans disapprove of Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) handling of budget negotiations …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Fix
New York Times:
My Successor?  Mayor Ponders Dream Choices  —  It has been a bedrock assumption of this year's race for New York City mayor: Michael R. Bloomberg and the muscular political operation that guided him to three electoral victories will coalesce around his favored candidate, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker.
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Al Baker / New York Times:
Teachers Irate as Bloomberg Likens Union to the N.R.A.
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Christine Quinn hits Bloomberg over remarks comparing teachers union to NRA
Discussion: Capital New York
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Bloomberg: Biden no ‘shrinking violet’ on gun control
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Deport Piers Morgan’ Creator Flips Out On Morgan's Show: 1776 Will Commence Again If Guns Taken Away  —  Tonight Piers Morgan sat down with the creator of a White House petition to get him deported from the United States.  Alex Jones was fired up throughout the entire interview …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama's CIA nominee to face tough questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’  —  President Obama's pick to head the CIA could face a rough road to confirmation in the Senate due to his involvement in the “enhanced interrogation” techniques of the George W. Bush administration.
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination | Glenn Greenwald
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Nomination of Secretary of Defense and CIA Director
Discussion: News Desk
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
The White House Just Set Gun Rights Activists Ablaze  —  Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported the gun violence task force led by Vice President Biden is considering gun legislation “far broader and more comprehensive...than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.”
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
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Most in U.S. Say Politics in Washington Cause Serious Harm  —  Slight majority optimistic that things will improve over next 10 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than three-quarters of Americans (77%) say the way politics works in Washington these days is causing serious harm to the United States …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McChrystal backs gun restrictions  —  Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed banning assault weapons on Tuesday, saying guns like the M4 and M16 belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets.  —  “I spent a career carrying typically either a M16 and later, a M4 carbine,” McChrystal said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
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.
Discussion: ACLU
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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.
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Richard Cramer, Wrote of Presidential Race, Dies at 62  —  Richard Ben Cramer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What it Takes,” a superbly detailed account of the 1988 presidential election considered among the finest books about American politics ever written, died in Baltimore on Monday night.
Bloomberg:
Obama's Second Term: More (and More Presidential) Polarization  —  By Francis Wilkinson 2013-01-07T18:23:23Z  —  President Barack Obama's anticipated nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary shows how the polarization of Obama's second term might differ from that of his first.
Discussion: First Read
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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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration  —  President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month.  It is believed to be the first time a woman …
 
 
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New York Times:
Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and BBC
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Hagel Was Picked  —  Americans don't particularly like government …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers say courts should resolve debt-limit standoff
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy Department, EPA nominations may be on tap
Politico:
Score begins weekly editions for 2013 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Dave Zirin / thenation.com/blogs/163256:
Notre Dame and Penn State: Two Rape Scandals, Only One Cry for Justice
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
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