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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Name Jack Lew to Replace Geithner at Treasury  —  Obama Said to Name Lew Tomorrow to Replace Geithner  —  President Barack Obama plans to name White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew tomorrow as his choice for Treasury secretary, replacing Timothy F. Geithner, a person familiar with the process said.
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Politico:
Why President Obama is picking fights with Congress  —  Barack Obama is looking for a few good fights.  —  Obama, the same president who campaigned twice on breaking the cycle of conflict in Washington, sees the utility — even the necessity — of rattling Republican cages as he plunges …
Discussion: NBC Politics and The Hill
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Jack Lew, Obama's Nominee for Treasury Secretary?  —  The current White House chief of staff is a bookish, private man, but he's also an outspoken liberal with a mind for the intricacies of numbers and budgets.  —  Jim Young/Reuters  —  President Obama will nominate Jacob Lew …
Discussion: Post Politics and Economix
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senate vs. President Obama over Cabinet
Ed Henry / Fox News:
Obama expected to nominate chief of staff Lew for Treasury secretary
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Rage Against the Coin  —  (From Talking Points Memo).  —  Well, the trillion-dollar-coin thing — deal with the debt ceiling by exploiting a legal loophole to have the Treasury mint one or more large-denomination coins, deposit them at the Fed, and use the cash in the new account to pay bills — has really taken off.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Democrats Re-Establish Lead in Party Affiliation  —  In 2012, 47% identified or leaned Democratic, 42% Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An average of 47% of Americans identified as Democrats or said they were independents who leaned Democratic in 2012, compared with 42% who identified as or leaned Republican.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Hagel pick: Final snub of George W. Bush  —  The final insult to George W. Bush's foreign policy may have come in the form of a Republican ex-senator from Nebraska.  —  Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of defense has stirred opposition on both the left and the right …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More DC Play-Acting  —  Nominations lose steam or gain steam.
James Hohmann / Politico:
At 100, still little love for Nixon  —  Richard Nixon would have turned 100 Wednesday, but about the only people marking the occasion are historians, family members and loyalists from the disgraced 37th president's administration.  —  And even they're slowly dying off.
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Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Five Key Legacies of Former President Richard Nixon On His 100th Birthday
Amy Odell / BuzzFeed:
DC Sex Workers Prepare for Huge Influx of Inauguration Partiers  —  If you require the services of a stripper or dominatrix over inauguration weekend, be prepared to pay extra.  —  Image by Shutterstock  —  When Steve Baker talks about the inauguration, he gets a little giddy.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to take entitlement talks lead, Boehner in back seat  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to play a bigger role in negotiations to reform entitlement programs in the wake of the tax deal he helped forge last week.  —  Lawmakers see the passage of a bill to extend …
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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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The New / New York Times:
Transcript of Nate Silver's ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit  —  Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight took questions Tuesday on the popular social news site Reddit's “Ask Me Anything” section.  What follows is an edited transcript, with the questions and answers sorted into several subject areas.
nbcnewyork.com:
Ferry Crashes in Lower Manhattan, Dozens Injured  —  A rush hour commuter ferry with more than 300 passengers aboard crashed Wednesday as it approached a Wall Street pier, injuring more than 50 people, police said.  —  Officials had initially said the injuries were minor …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Hagel Expanded On ‘Aggressively Gay’ Slur In 1998  —  Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel's remark to the Omaha World-Herald in 1998 that Clinton ambassadorial nominee James Hormel was “openly aggressively gay” was only a part of what Hagel told the paper about his opposition to Hormel's nomination.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Can Chris Christie rescue the GOP?  —  A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in — and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it.  —  Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party …
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Everywhere You Look, Chris Christie
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo to Propose Broader Ban on Assault Weapons  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country's most restrictive bans on assault weapons.
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CBS New York:
EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing Sweeping New Gun Control Laws
Discussion: Gothamist, Politicker and Infowars
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why can't Republicans enforce law against Harry Reid?  —  WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) arrrives for a weekly policy luncheon with Democratic members of the U.S. Senate December 11, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The U.S. Congress is still negotiating pending …
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun ban, confiscation of semi-automatic weapons  —  In an interview with the Daily Times Herald in Caroll, Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Scalpers hawking members' inaugural tickets online  —  Free presidential inauguration tickets given out by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers are being hawked online for thousands of dollars.  —  The scalping of the tickets technically is not illegal …
Discussion: Political Watch and msnbc.com
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Not Even Close: 2012 Was Hottest Ever in U.S.  —  The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
Now Gossip site Gawker publishes names of ALL licensed gun owners in New York City  —  A gossip site has taken the controversial decision to post the name of every licensed gun owner in New York City online as the debate over gun control rages on.  —  Gawker posted the list of names, which is already publicly available, today.
Michael Burke / Journal Times:
Employers, educators search for answers to technical jobs issue  —  RACINE COUNTY — The challenge of finding good employees is so long-standing and pervasive that Racine Metal-Fab has revised its hiring approach.  —  “If we see behaviors we don't like, we fire faster and hire slower,” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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