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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 …
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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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning ensured leaks would not harm US, lawyer insists
Discussion: Wired, The Other McCain and Techdirt
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Does aiding WikiLeaks equal aiding Al Qaeda?
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Reid adviser: Senate majority leader ‘in a different place’ on gun control  —  Washington (CNN) - A staunch supporter of gun rights for years, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be changing his position on the contentious issue in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal floats ammunition bill
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes'Alan Colmes'
Claudine Zap / Yahoo! News:
Australia's weather is so hot, new colors added to weather map  —  The forecast in Australia: Hot, hot, hot—and getting hotter.  —  As a record-breaking heatwave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent's Bureau of Meteorology has added …
Discussion: KDVR.com
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Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
NOAA: 2012 Warmest Year On Record For U.S., Second Most Extreme Weather
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. …
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Richard Ben Cramer, Writer of Big Ambitions, Dies at 62  —  It took time for “What It Takes” to become a classic.  —  A labor of six years and 1,047 pages, the book, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer, appeared in 1992 to mixed reviews.
David Mildenberg / Bloomberg:
Texas Starts Budget Debate Flush With Energy Boom Cash  —  Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.  —  The Texas economy has topped budget projections …
Discussion: Hot Air
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Stanley McChrystal: Gun Control Requires ‘Serious Action’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michael Bloomberg, Stanley McChrystal , Stanley McChrystal , Stanley McChrystal , Video, General Mcchrystal Gun Control, Michel Bloomberg Gun Control, Stanley Mcchrystal Gun Control, Politics News
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
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Insight: In “fiscal cliff” bill, White House was key to corporate tax breaks  —  (Reuters) - As the Congress rushed last week to approve a “fiscal cliff” tax bill that raised income taxes on the wealthy, Washington lobbyists were fretting over a drama that was playing out within the negotiations …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
 
 
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Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Secret Goldman Team Sidesteps Volcker After Blankfein Vow
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Lindsey Graham / CNN:
Graham threatens to hold up CIA director confirmation
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
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