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12:05 PM ET, January 9, 2013

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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
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 …
Politico:
Obama picks Jack Lew to replace Tim Geithner as Treasury secretary  —  White House chief of staff Jack Lew spent most of the bitter fiscal cliff debate out of the public eye.  —  That ends now.  —  President Barack Obama will nominate White House chief of staff Jack Lew for Treasury secretary …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Jack Lew, Obama's Nominee for Treasury Secretary?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Quartz
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.  Campaigns against nominations lose steam or gain steam.  And at the moment, the campaign against Chuck Hagel's nomination is losing steam.  AIPAC and the ADL have both signaled they do not plan to make a fight of it.
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Washington Goes Platinum  —  Short-term non-solutions to long-term problems  —  I am still trying to wrap my brain around the idea that the hottest topic in Washington today is . . . collectible platinum coins.  I mean, seriously.  And this is not one of those stories where you find …
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Bold Dissenter at the Fed, Hoping His Doubts Are Wrong  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Jeffrey M. Lacker, the Federal Reserve's most persistent internal critic, does not much resemble a firebrand.  He is personally cheerful, professionally inclined to see both sides of an issue and quick to acknowledge he may not be right.
Discussion: Real Time Economics and Economix
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: Infowars and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
People.com:
Beyoncé & Kelly Clarkson to Sing for the Obamas at Presidential Inauguration  —  From left: Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, with President Obama (inset)  —  Michelle Obama works out to her music - plus, she's no stranger to the White House - so it's only fitting …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hinterland Gazette
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
Shimon Peres on Obama, Iran and the Path to Peace
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Associated Press:
National Cathedral to perform same-sex weddings
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Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Cost Of A Broken System: U.S. Spent More On Immigration Than All Other Federal Enforcement Agencies Combined
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet
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New York Times:
Bank Hacks Were Work of Iranians, Officials Say
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo to Propose Broader Ban on Assault Weapons
Washington Post:
Some in administration push for only a few thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014
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Larry Bell / Forbes:
Al Gore's Oil-Fueled Al-Jazeera Deal Follows A String Of Green Energy Fiascos
Stephen Wright / Daily Mail:
Police have stopped me 25 times... just because I'm black: Stephen Lawrence's teacher brother …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general's office to investigate display of ammunition magazine on TV
Claudine Zap / Yahoo! News:
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