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3:50 PM 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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Piers Morgan on Alex Jones  —  CNN host Piers Morgan just called to discuss his interview last night with Alex Jones, the conservative radio host and gun advocate who went on a tirade against Morgan, gun control legislation, and a litany of government conspiracies.
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.”
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Alex Jones Fears For Life After Morgan Interview, Blames NYPD Or Bloomberg If 'We're Killed By Crackheads'  —  Moments after radio host Alex Jones taped an explosive interview with CNN host Piers Morgan, Jones took to YouTube where he expressed his fear that he would be harmed …
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chances Of Gun Control Dim In Washington  —  The White House looks to Congress to act.  Congress, busy with budgets, looks to the White House.  —  Image by Dave Kaup / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — More than three weeks after the Newtown school shooting, pressing financial talks are threatening …
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden, NRA to meet on guns
Discussion: CNN
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
The Fiscal Cliff's Winners And Losers (The Note)
Discussion: The Hill, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem  —  Our newest national poll finds that Congress only has a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing it in a negative light.  We've seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking …
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 …
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
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Horse-racing gambler funding pro-Hagel campaign
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans getting weak-kneed about debt ceiling fight  —  House Speaker John Boehner spoke at length with the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore about the coming confrontation over the debt ceiling, the sequester, and the spending cuts Republicans will try to achieve.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers say courts should resolve debt-limit standoff
Discussion: Hot Air
DealBook:
Rescued by a Bailout, A.I.G. May Sue Its Savior  —  Fresh from paying back a $182 billion bailout, the American International Group has been running a nationwide advertising campaign with the tagline “Thank you America.”  —  Behind the scenes, the restored insurance company is weighing whether …
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
As Senate Candidate, Hagel Opposed Abortion Even In Cases Of Rape Because It Was “Rare”
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 …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Judge Limits a Police Stop-and-Frisk Program in the Bronx  —  A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the New York Police Department's practice of stopping people suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was unconstitutional.  —  The decision appears …
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
Discussion: The Week, Right Wing News and Hot Air
Lindsey Graham / CNN:
Graham threatens to hold up CIA director confirmation  —  (CNN) - Saying he has “not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle,” Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a delay in the confirmation process of John Brennan, the president's choice for CIA director, as investigations still continue surrounding …
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Fox News:
Graham seeks delay to confirmation of Brennan until Benghazi questions answered
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and The Other McCain
Linda Stasi / New York Post:
Current situation: Staffers talk about first meeting with Al Jazeera  —  Just call him Al Gorezeera.  —  Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses.
Chris Moody / Reuters:
Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats  —  The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word “Republican” from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama's failure to nominate women for two top Cabinet posts questioned  —  President Obama brought his top Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency chiefs together Monday with their potential replacements, and some critics noticed one thing that stood out: Each of them was a white man.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Holy Grail of Voters  —  Although independent voters have stolen the spotlight, people who describe themselves as moderates could be even more important.  —  After covering eight presidential and seven midterm election campaigns, I still manage to learn new things or come to view things differently.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Richard Ben Cramer Dies at 62; Wrote of Presidential Race  —  Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What It Takes,” a prodigious account of the 1988 presidential election that has been widely hailed as among the finest books about American politics ever written, died on Monday night in Baltimore.
 
 
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Watchdog: Second VA official quits after wasteful conferences spotlighted
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Florida Governor Inflates Cost Of Medicaid Expansion By 2,600% To Avoid Implementing Obamacare
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Rep. Grayson mocks ‘bath salts caucus’ for voting against Sandy relief
Associated Press:
State of Palestine name change shows limitations
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Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Secret Goldman Team Sidesteps Volcker After Blankfein Vow
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Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Fire Back at ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Investigation and Torture Debate
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Newtown, Congress Must Act on Guns, Pelosi Says
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Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Barney Frank disagrees with gubernatorial aide's criticism of him as potential interim senator
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McChrystal backs gun restrictions
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