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9:20 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  —  Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday launched a new effort to promote gun control, on the two year anniversary of her shooting at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz.  —  In an op-ed in USA Today Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly …
Discussion: CNN
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
The White House Just Set Gun Rights Activists Ablaze
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Group holds pre-inaugural ‘gun day’
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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CBS News:
Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel
Discussion: Right Wing News
Lee Enterprises / Lincoln Journal Star:
Exclusive: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hagel the Kyoto-Slayer  —  So far most of the critical discussion …
Discussion: Right Turn and AEIdeas
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment
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
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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.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination | Glenn Greenwald
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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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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Bill Kristol's big plans start with Hagel nomination  —  In the weeks since Election Day — as Mitt Romney faded into obscurity, John Boehner lost control of the House GOP and tea partiers turned on one another — Bill Kristol has been busy charting the future of the Republican Party.
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Politico:
Score begins weekly editions for 2013—NRCC tweaks Dems on $1 trillion coin—McDonald taps McCleary for NYC mayoral campaign—Frank angles for Mass. Senate appointment—Corbett approval rating stays l  —  (eschultheis@politico.com; Twitter: @emilyrs) and (jhohmann@politico.com; Twitter: @jameshohmann)
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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 …
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy Department, EPA nominations may be on tap  —  Now that President Obama has proposed new national security Cabinet members, the White House may be able to move to the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency.  —  Obama's energy team is going to be remade just like his national security …
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
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
Al Baker / New York Times:
Teachers Irate as Bloomberg Likens Union to the N.R.A.  —  Of all the polarizing things Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said and done over the years, from banning large sugary drinks to supporting congestion pricing, few have generated the sort of viral backlash that has unexpectedly mounted after his weekly radio show on Friday.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Bloomberg: Biden no ‘shrinking violet’ on gun control
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers say courts should resolve debt-limit standoff
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Notre Dame and Penn State: Two Rape Scandals, Only One Cry for Justice
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Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members
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Rick Perry for president? Legislative session gives him chance to burnish credentials
Denver Post:
James Holmes preliminary hearing: Witnesses told police shooter was “very calm”
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
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