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10:45 AM ET, January 9, 2013

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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.
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 …
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Jim Acosta / CNN:
TRENDING: Reid adviser: Senate majority leader ‘in a different place’ on gun control
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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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Everywhere You Look, Chris Christie  —  Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse, Jan. 8, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)  —  In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos this morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie …
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Can Chris Christie rescue the GOP?
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Five Key Legacies of Former President Richard Nixon On His 100th Birthday  —  Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of 37th President Richard Nixon.  —  Born in a farmhouse in Yorba Linda, Calif., in 1913, who could have known the Nixon baby would go on to be one of America's …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Politico
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James Hohmann / Politico:
At 100, still little love for Nixon
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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.
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.
Washington Wire:
Wal-Mart Misses a Meeting With Biden on Gun Violence  —  The White House extended an invitation to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to participate in a meeting Thursday focused on curbing gun violence, but the retailer declined due to a scheduling conflict, a company spokesman said.
MJ Lee / Politico:
Barney Frank: Why I want to be senator  —  Former Rep. Barney Frank says it was the year-end standoff over the fiscal cliff that prompted him to seek an appointment to John Kerry's Senate seat and then to go public with hopes for his next career move.  —  Asked why he changed his mind …
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Is Open to Withdraw Afghan Force After 2014  —  WASHINGTON — On the eve of a visit by President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it was open to a so-called zero option that would involve leaving no American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the NATO combat mission there comes to an end.
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Washington Post:
Some in administration push for only a few thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014
Discussion: The Week and The Reaction
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet  —  WASHINGTON — From the moment Barack Obama burst onto the political scene, the poet Richard Blanco, a son of Cuban exiles, says he felt “a spiritual connection” with the man who would become the nation's 44th president.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Colorlines
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Bank Hacks Were Work of Iranians, Officials Say  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The attackers hit one American bank after the next.  As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later.
Discussion: The Verge and Eschaton
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
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Working on a Less-Expensive iPhone  —  Apple Inc. is working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter, a big shift in corporate strategy as its supremacy in smartphones has slipped.  —  While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan is progressing …
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 …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Hot Air
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barney Frank, Congress, Video, Alcee Hastings, Congress Fundraising, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Call Time Congress, Campaign Fundraising, Congress Fundraising Calls …
Stephen Wright / Daily Mail:
Police have stopped me 25 times... just because I'm black: Stephen Lawrence's teacher brother launches damning race case against the Met  —  Stephen Lawrence's brother last night claimed police have stopped him 25 times simply because of the colour of his skin.
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
 
 
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Andrew Wittenberg / KSL-TV:
Spring City councilman wants every household armed
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The New Liberal Aristocracy
Larry Bell / Forbes:
Al Gore's Oil-Fueled Al-Jazeera Deal Follows A String Of Green Energy Fiascos
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Coalition misses 70 election pledges
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The “Smoking Gun” Memo That Triggered the FreedomWorks Feud
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general's office to investigate display of ammunition magazine on TV
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Column: How home schooling threatens monopoly education
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast:
Mosbacher: I'm Furious at My Own Party
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Chris Moody / Reuters:
Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats
 

 
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