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9:10 AM ET, January 9, 2013

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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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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.
Politico:
Lessons learned, Obama takes fights to 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: The Hill and NBC Politics
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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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.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Piers Morgan on Alex Jones
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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. …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Coalition misses 70 election pledges  —  David Cameron and Nick Clegg will on Wednesday publish a candid assessment of the Coalition's successes and failures that was excluded from its Mid-term Review, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.  —  A section of the document discusses how Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg could explain ‘broken pledges’
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC
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 …
Washington Post:
D.C. attorney general's office to investigate display of ammunition magazine on TV  —  The decision on whether anyone should be prosecuted after “Meet the Press” host David Gregory appeared to hold a high-capacity ammunition magazine on national television now belongs to the District's Office …
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.”
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 …
Larry Bell / Forbes:
Al Gore's Oil-Fueled Al-Jazeera Deal Follows A String Of Green Energy Fiascos  —  Al Gore, chairman and co-founder of Current TV, and Joel Hyatt, executive vice chairman and co-founder of Current TV.  (Image credit: via @daylife)  —  Al-Jazeera, the anti-Israeli network funded by Qatar …
Washington Post:
Some in administration push for only a few thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014  —  Groups within the Obama administration are pushing to keep no more than a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after 2014, U.S. officials said, raising the prospect that the United States will be unable …
Discussion: The Week and The Reaction
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
The “Smoking Gun” Memo That Triggered the FreedomWorks Feud
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
ROUGH TRANSCRIPT: Stimulus or Stymied?: The Macroeconomics of Recessions
Discussion: Economist's View
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Richard Ben Cramer, Writer of Big Ambitions, Dies at 62
David Mildenberg / Bloomberg:
Texas Starts Budget Debate Flush With Energy Boom Cash
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
MEET THE ‘BULLIES’: BREITBART EDITOR EXPOSES OBAMA'S ARMY OF THUGS IN NEW BOOK
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The tarring of Chuck Hagel
Reuters:
Insight: In “fiscal cliff” bill, White House was key to corporate tax breaks
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
Eddie Gehman Kohan / Obama Foodorama:
A Bottle Of President Obama's Homebrewed White House Beer Fetches $1,200 At Auction
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Scott Wong / Politico:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal floats ammunition bill
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Obama's Remade Inner Circle Has an All-Male Look, So Far
Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast:
Mosbacher: I'm Furious at My Own Party
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Impolitic
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
This Rape Infographic Is Going Viral. Too Bad It's Wrong.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem