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4:10 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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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.
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, neo-neocon and The Hill
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Who Is Jack Lew, Obama's Nominee for Treasury Secretary?
Wall Street Journal:
Lew to Be Tapped for Treasury
Discussion: AEIdeas
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: Obama Considering ‘Executive Order’ to Deal With Guns  —  Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns.  —  “The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence.
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Josh Levs / CNN:
Biden: Obama exploring executive orders to combat gun violence  —  On Wednesday night, Piers Morgan goes one-on-one with firearms lobbyist Larry Pratt over guns in America.  “Piers Morgan Tonight” airs nightly at 9 ET.  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama is exploring executive orders …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden, Meeting Gun Control Advocates, Vows Action
Discussion: Taking Note and msnbc.com
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden: Obama prepared to take executive action on gun control
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to take lead in entitlement talks, with 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 …
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
McConnell takes a hit from the right
Blue Texan / Crooks and Liars:   Tea Party Brand Now Toxic: Only 8% of Americans Identify As Members
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: Washington Monthly and The Agonist
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.
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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
California Town Hall Provides Glimpse At The Future Of The Gun Control Debate  —  Advocates on both sides of the gun control debate are prepared to make a lot of noise about the future of gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.  That's the message from the first of House …
Discussion: KGO-TV and The Plum Line
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
President Obama poet Richard Blanco's ‘queer shame’ pain  —  The poet tapped Wednesday to appear at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony has written frankly about the challenges and hostility he faced growing up as a gay man, recounting how his own grandmother thought of him as the …
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Won't Bargain With Obama Again  —  James Capretta, writing at National Review, lays out what looks like the emerging Republican strategy on the debt ceiling.  Rather than take up President Obama's offer to cut Social Security and Medicare in return for higher revenue through tax reform …
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 …
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People.com:
Beyoncé & Kelly Clarkson to Sing for the Obamas at Presidential Inauguration
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette and Reuters
Aaron Dykes / Infowars:
Piers Morgan and Guests Discuss Shooting Alex Jones  —  Daily Beast writer Buzz Bissinger says Piers Morgan should “pop” Alex Jones with a semi-automatic weapon.  —  Infowars.com  —  CNN and the gun grabbing media are now calling for Alex Jones to be shot the day after his heated appearance with Piers Morgan.
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Michael Catalini / NationalJournal.com:
Are Republicans Scared of Al Franken?  —  SNL star-turned-senator isn't drawing much early GOP opposition.  —  After winning election by the narrowest of margins in 2008, Sen. Al Franken looked like one of the GOP's most inviting Senate targets in 2014.  But instead, the party is facing …
Discussion: The Fix
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.
Ryan Cooper / Washington Monthly:
Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe on the Legality of #mintthecoin  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  I talked with Professor Tribe today over email, asking him two questions.  One, would it be legal to exploit the platinum coin “loophole,” (my word) …
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Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Washington Goes Platinum
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Media giants big donors to Markey
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court hears gun-sale reporting arguments
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Images of NRA, Congressional Republicans on the decline
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
Now Gossip site Gawker publishes names of ALL licensed gun owners in New York City
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun ban, confiscation of semi-automatic weapons
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