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11:45 PM ET, January 9, 2013

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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: Obama Considering ‘Executive Orders’ to Deal With Guns  —  Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns.  —  “The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence.
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David Weigel / Slate:
What Crazy Fascist Executive Orders Might Obama Use to Take Away Your Freedoms?  —  The Drudge Report is America's leading source of hyperlinks to Alex Jones articles, so I'm not sure why this splash page so shocked Washington.  (Apparently there are reporters who still use Drudge as a sort of homepage?
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden: Obama prepared to take executive action on gun control  —  President Obama will likely take executive action in an effort to tamp down the recent rash of gun violence, Vice President Biden said Wednesday.  —  “The president is going go act,” said Biden, who is conducting meetings all week on the issue of gun control.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: An Executive Order On Guns Smacks Of ‘Dictatorship’  —  The gloves are officially off in the gun control fight in Washington.  After Vice President Biden reiterated the White House intention to use executive power to reduce gun violence following the Newtown shooting …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
California Town Hall Provides Glimpse At The Future Of The Gun Control Debate  —  Advocates on both sides of the gun control debate are prepared to make a lot of noise about the future of gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.  That's the message from the first of House …
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Obama will act on gun control, Biden says
Discussion: Shakesville and Twitchy
Reuters:
Biden says Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Biggest Myth About The Platinum Coin Option  —  The biggest and weirdest myth out there about the $1 trillion platinum coin is the idea that it would require a large quantity of platinum to make one.  The National Republican Campaign Committee, for example, is out there warning that …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Wonkblog and Eschaton
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House declines to rule out the minting of a ‘platinum coin’  —  The White House on Wednesday declined to rule out minting a “platinum coin” to avoid default if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said there is “no substitute” …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He's Ready For The Clown Suit  —  [Kevin Drum suggests and I strongly concur that the language seemingly enabling the Trillion Dollar Coin does no such thing - briefly, “bullion coin” has a meaning upon which Congress relied in drafting the law.  See “BEFORE THEY STRIKE THAT COIN THEY BETTER …
Discussion: Mashable! and Althouse
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   White House won't deport Piers Morgan
Aaron Dykes / Infowars:
Piers Morgan and Guests Discuss Shooting Alex Jones
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Keep His “Heat Shield”  —  Eric Holder is the Obama Administration's indispensable man.  —  Image by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  Eric Holder may be the least popular member of the Obama cabinet.  He is at the center of many of the Administration's ugliest fights with left and right …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns
Discussion: Power Line
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki Staying On For Second Term
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Obama's own ‘war on women’
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama ‘seriously considering’ hosting climate summit
Discussion: Daily Kos, Truthdig and Blue Mass Group
CNN:
Labor secretary resigns ‘to begin a new future’
Discussion: This Just In
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:   Labor Secretary Will Resign
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Robert Bork's Tragedy  —  Even before Robert Bork died last month, he had achieved something close to martyrdom.  In the quarter-century since the Senate rejected his Supreme Court nomination, successive generations of conservative lawyers and activists have carried the torch …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Court Wary on Warrantless DUI Tests
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Compromise on DUI blood tests?
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Inaugural Benediction To Be Delivered By Pastor Who Gave Vehemently Anti-Gay Sermon  —  The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Tuesday that the President Obama has selected Pastor Louie Giglio of the Georgia-based Passion City Church to deliver the benediction for his second inauguration.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
President Obama poet Richard Blanco's ‘queer shame’ pain
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Yahoo News exclusive: Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M  —  Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.  —  In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's …
Kevin Roose / Bloomberg:
Jack Lew's Terrible Signature May Grace Dollar Bills Now  —  Obama's America.  —  Jack Lew, President Obama's reported pick to replace outgoing Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, is known as a no-nonsense backroom negotiator with wonkish tendencies, who is admired on the left and grumbled about on the right.
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Name Jack Lew to Replace Geithner at Treasury
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class  —  A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Jennifer Emert / WIS-TV:
Midlands teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Revealed: The Massive New Liberal Plan to Remake American Politics  —  A month after President Obama won reelection, America's most powerful liberal groups met to plan their next moves.  Here's what they talked about.  —  It was the kind of meeting that conspiratorial conservative bloggers dream about.
Rush Limbaugh:
There Goes My New Year's Resolution  —  RUSH: Okay.  So I had this unstated New Year's resolution.  I didn't tell anybody about it.  I didn't even tell Kathryn about it.  Just very private, unstated New Year's resolution, and it very simply was to become more low profile, to not get noticed.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
How Obama Won The Internet  —  Would you rather fight one hundred duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?  In the second exclusive excerpt from Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama's Final Campaign , a behind-the-scenes look at the president's historic Reddit IAmA.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Won't Bargain With Obama Again  —  James Capretta, writing at National Review, lays out what looks like the emerging Republican strategy on the debt ceiling.  Rather than take up President Obama's offer to cut Social Security and Medicare in return for higher revenue through tax reform …
 
 
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites get $5M
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Defense Nominee Hagel Lays out Stand on Iran
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Rosemary Regina Sobol / Chicago Tribune:
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