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2:35 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.”
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden, NRA to meet on guns  —  Vice President Biden will meet this week with the National Rifle Association and a variety of other groups as his task force on guns intensifies its efforts.  —  Biden will meet Wednesday with gun safety organizations and shooting victims groups and on Thursday …
Discussion: CNN
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chances Of Gun Control Dim In Washington
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:   White House ramps up talks on gun control measures
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
The Fiscal Cliff's Winners And Losers (The Note)
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Daily Caller
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords launches anti-gun website
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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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.
First Read:
First Thoughts: No margin for error in Hagel nomination
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 …
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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Fars News Agency:
Chuck Hagel's Nomination: Iran Hopes for Practical Changes in US Foreign Policy
CBS News:
Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel
Discussion: Right Wing News, The Week and Hot Air
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 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: Weekly Standard and Right Turn
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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 …
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 …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Liz Warren won't beat drum  —  After touting her heritage ...  Despite repeated claims she is “proud” of her Cherokee heritage, newly minted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is keeping that pride under wraps and won't be taking advantage of a chance to officially list herself as the Bay State's first Native American U.S. senator.
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.
 
 
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Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Fire Back at ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Investigation and Torture Debate
Discussion: Movieline
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Newtown, Congress Must Act on Guns, Pelosi Says
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
As Senate Candidate, Hagel Opposed Abortion Even In Cases Of Rape Because It Was “Rare”
David Jolly / New York Times:
Unemployment Climbs in Euro Zone
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eschaton
Philly.com:
Top Dem says Christie ‘prayed’ for Sandy — then quickly apologizes
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Debt ceiling ‘X Date’ Feb. 15
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Lawyers Divided Over Prosecuting Terrorism Cases
Discussion: Lawfare
 Earlier Items: 
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Barney Frank disagrees with gubernatorial aide's criticism of him as potential interim senator
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Majority disapprove of Boehner's handling of ‘cliff’ talks, poll finds
Discussion: The Fix, ABCNEWS and neo-neocon
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McChrystal backs gun restrictions
Discussion: msnbc.com, Taylor Marsh and Reuters
Rick Green / Capitol Watch:
State Rep. DebraLee Hovey to Gabby Giffords: Stay Out
 

 
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