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10:50 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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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.”
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
The Fiscal Cliff's Winners And Losers (The Note)  —  By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)  —  NOTABLES:  — EXCLUSIVE: GABBY GIFFORDS, MARK KELLY LAUNCH GUN-CONTROL GROUP.  Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly spoke exclusively to …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords launches anti-gun website
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Giffords launches new gun-control initiative
Discussion: CNN
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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First Read:
First Thoughts: No margin for error in Hagel nomination  —  President Obama's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for defense secretary has been earning criticism, with Hagel under fire for past statements on Iran and Israel.  Obama, however, said Hagel's “willingness to speak his mind” …
Discussion: msnbc.com and National Review
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.
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.
Discussion: Right Turn and BuzzFeed
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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 and Taylor Marsh
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
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Fix
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
U.S. may default on its debt half a month earlier than expected, new analysis shows  —  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 …
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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: Hot Air and Joe. My. God.
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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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Hagel Was Picked  —  Americans don't particularly like government, but they do want government to subsidize their health care.  They believe that health care spending improves their lives more than any other public good.  In a Quinnipiac poll, typical of many others …
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Barney Frank disagrees with gubernatorial aide's criticism of him as potential interim senator  —  Former Representative Barney Frank had a succinct rejoinder today to Doug Rubin, the top political adviser to Governor Deval Patrick who said over the weekend that there were “better options” for interim US senator.
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
 
 
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Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers say courts should resolve debt-limit standoff
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy Department, EPA nominations may be on tap
Politico:
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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Lays Off Staffers Amid Restructuring
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
Discussion: Weekly Standard