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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: Obama Considering ‘Executive Orders’ 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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David Weigel / Slate:
What Crazy Fascist Executive Orders Might Obama Use to Take Away Your Freedoms?  —  The Drudge Report is America's leading source of hyperlinks to Alex Jones articles, so I'm not sure why this splash page so shocked Washington.  (Apparently there are reporters who still use Drudge as a sort of homepage?
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden: Obama prepared to take executive action on gun control  —  President Obama will likely take executive action in an effort to tamp down the recent rash of gun violence, Vice President Biden said Wednesday.  —  “The president is going go act,” said Biden, who is conducting meetings all week on the issue of gun control.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: An Executive Order On Guns Smacks Of ‘Dictatorship’  —  The gloves are officially off in the gun control fight in Washington.  After Vice President Biden reiterated the White House intention to use executive power to reduce gun violence following the Newtown shooting …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
California Town Hall Provides Glimpse At The Future Of The Gun Control Debate
Reuters:
Biden says Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Levs / CNN:
Biden: Obama ‘going to act’ on guns
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Obama will act on gun control, Biden says
Discussion: Shakesville
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Keep His “Heat Shield”  —  Eric Holder is the Obama Administration's indispensable man.  —  Image by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  Eric Holder may be the least popular member of the Obama cabinet.  He is at the center of many of the Administration's ugliest fights with left and right …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns  —  Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Wednesday she is resigning from the administration, a decision that comes as President Barack Obama is filling out his second-term Cabinet.  —  Solis was the first Hispanic woman to lead a major federal agency …
Discussion: Power Line
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Obama's own ‘war on women’
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki Staying On For Second Term
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama ‘seriously considering’ hosting climate summit
Discussion: Daily Kos, Truthdig and Blue Mass Group
CNN:
Labor secretary resigns ‘to begin a new future’
Discussion: This Just In
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:   Labor Secretary Will Resign
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Biggest Myth About The Platinum Coin Option  —  The biggest and weirdest myth out there about the $1 trillion platinum coin is the idea that it would require a large quantity of platinum to make one.  The National Republican Campaign Committee, for example, is out there warning that …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Wonkblog and Eschaton
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House declines to rule out the minting of a ‘platinum coin’  —  The White House on Wednesday declined to rule out minting a “platinum coin” to avoid default if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.  —  Press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said there is “no substitute” …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He's Ready For The Clown Suit  —  [Kevin Drum suggests and I strongly concur that the language seemingly enabling the Trillion Dollar Coin does no such thing - briefly, “bullion coin” has a meaning upon which Congress relied in drafting the law.  See “BEFORE THEY STRIKE THAT COIN THEY BETTER …
Discussion: Wonkblog, Mashable! and Althouse
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   White House won't deport Piers Morgan
Aaron Dykes / Infowars:
Piers Morgan and Guests Discuss Shooting Alex Jones
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Robert Bork's Tragedy  —  Even before Robert Bork died last month, he had achieved something close to martyrdom.  In the quarter-century since the Senate rejected his Supreme Court nomination, successive generations of conservative lawyers and activists have carried the torch …
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Court Wary on Warrantless DUI Tests  —  WASHINGTON—Supreme Court justices showed unease Wednesday about letting police without a search warrant draw a blood sample from an unwilling drunken-driving suspect, but they also expressed sympathy for the urgency faced by officers in such traffic stops.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Compromise on DUI blood tests?
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Inaugural Benediction To Be Delivered By Pastor Who Gave Vehemently Anti-Gay Sermon  —  The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Tuesday that the President Obama has selected Pastor Louie Giglio of the Georgia-based Passion City Church to deliver the benediction for his second inauguration.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
President Obama poet Richard Blanco's ‘queer shame’ pain
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Rolling Stone:
Hank Greenberg Should Be Shot into Space For Suing the Government over the AIG Bailout  —  A lot of people are wondering what to think about the news that the board of AIG is considering joining the lawsuit filed by former AIG head Maurice “Hank” Greenberg against the Fed and the U.S. government …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Yahoo News exclusive: Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M  —  Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.  —  In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's …
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class  —  A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Jennifer Emert / WIS-TV:
Midlands teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Name Jack Lew to Replace Geithner at Treasury
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.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites get $5M  —  WASHINGTON — A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites in Iraq during the war.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
Frederick and Kimberly Kagan: How to Waste a Decade in Afghanistan  —  Leaving a bare-bones U.S. presence will risk a return of the Taliban—and civil war.  —  At the White House on Friday, President Obama will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  Although Mr. Karzai will presumably …
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