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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.
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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 …
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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chances Of Gun Control Dim In Washington
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 …
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BuzzFeed:
12 Awful Things More Popular Than Congress
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 …
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Linette Lopez / Business Insider:
Senator Elizabeth Warren Is Outraged That AIG Is Considering Suing The US Government  —  Elizabeth Warren, one of the newest members of the Senate Banking Committee, is sending around a statement about the news that AIG's board will consider whether or not to sue the U.S. government tomorrow.
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 …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The tarring of Chuck Hagel
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.
Mike Clary / Sun-Sentinel:
FAU prof stirs controversy by disputing Newtown massacre  —  Gabby Giffords launches site to stop gun violence  —  A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month's Newtown, Conn. …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Daily Kos
Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast:
Mosbacher: I'm Furious at My Own Party  —  RNC Finance Committee co-chair Georgette Mosbacher tells Michelle Cottle that she's “mad as hell” about what Republicans have done to themselves.  —  Best not to ask GOP fundraising legend Georgette Mosbacher about the state of her beloved party unless you want an earful.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Impolitic
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
This Rape Infographic Is Going Viral.  Too Bad It's Wrong.  —  Yesterday, under the headline, “The saddest graph you'll see today,” Dylan Matthews at the Washington Post published this infographic created by the Enliven Project to put the legal issues around rape, its prosecutions, and concerns about false accusations into perspective.
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.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why The Fight Over The $1 Trillion Coin Is The Most Important Fiscal Policy Debate You'll Ever See In Your Life  —  The campaign to circumvent the debt ceiling by having the Treasury mint a trillion dollar platinum coin continues to infiltrate the minds of elite thinkers in Washington.
Scott Wong / Politico:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal floats ammunition bill  —  Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to introduce a bill to toughen requirements for purchasing ammunition — a response to the mass shooting last month that claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Discussion: CNN
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden, NRA to meet on guns
David Dishneau / bigstory.ap.org:
JUDGE: ARMY GI IN WIKILEAKS ILLEGALLY PUNISHED  —  You are here  —  Home » Bradley Manning » Judge: Army GI in WikiLeaks illegally punished  —  FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army private suspected of sending reams of classified documents to the secret-sharing WikiLeaks website …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Does aiding WikiLeaks equal aiding Al Qaeda?
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze As Global Libertarian News Network  —  Beck takes a shot at Fox as he expands his news network with foreign bureaus and a new show.  “I consider myself a libertarian... I'm a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel.”
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Center for American Progress:
The Deficit Reduction We Have Achieved So Far  —  Since the start of fiscal year 2011, President Barack Obama has signed into law approximately $2.4 trillion of deficit reduction for the years 2013 through 2022.  Nearly three-quarters of that deficit reduction is in the form of spending cuts …
Discussion: Wonkblog, Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Column: How home schooling threatens monopoly education  —  In an era when everything is customizable, why not customize your child's education?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Americans across the country are voting with their feet and abandoning traditional public schools.  —  “What about home schooling?
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
MEET THE ‘BULLIES’: BREITBART EDITOR EXPOSES OBAMA'S ARMY OF THUGS IN NEW BOOK  —  Note from Senior Management:  —  Andrew Breitbart built the platform that became Breitbart News Network to give young and important voices a chance to reach a broader audience.
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Florida Governor Inflates Cost Of Medicaid Expansion By 2,600% To Avoid Implementing Obamacare  —  Internal email messages uncovered by Health News Florida reveal that Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is knowingly citing inaccurate cost estimates to justify his refusal to expand Florida's Medicaid program.
Eddie Gehman Kohan / Obama Foodorama:
A Bottle Of President Obama's Homebrewed White House Beer Fetches $1,200 At Auction  —  Beer pro Brad Magerkurth turned his special Presidential gift into a boon for sick children, and gives the brew a big thumbs-up, too...  The single bottle of White House Honey Ale that President Obama presented …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Fire Back at ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Investigation and Torture Debate  —  In accepting awards at the New York Film Critics Circle ceremony, the director and screenwriter addressed critics in Congress and the world of punditry.  —  As they received trophies in New York City …
Discussion: Movieline and Speakeasy
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Interior vows ‘high-level’ Arctic-drilling review after Shell's mishaps  —  The Interior Department is launching a “high-level,” 60-day review of Shell's troubled 2012 attempts to look for oil off Alaska's northern coast after the company experienced a series of mishaps.
Discussion: KTUU-TV and The Mudflats
 
 
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