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Katie Glueck / Politico:
NRA: 100,000 new members after Sandy Hook shooting  —  The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days, the organization told POLITICO's Playbook on Thursday.  —  The number of paid new members jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million in that time frame.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Reframing the Gun Debate  —  This time things are different.  —  This time, nearly a month after the horrible mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the public attention hasn't ricocheted to the next story.  On the contrary, sorrow has hardened into resolve.  —  This time, something can and must be done.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In campaign for tougher gun laws, Obama and allies work to tilt public opinion
Politico:
Expectations low for Joe Biden, NRA talks
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Pastor Removed From Inaugural Program … Louis Giglio, the anti-LGBT pastor who had been announced to perform the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration, has been removed from the program, ABC News's Jonathan Karl reported Thursday.  —  The move came after ThinkProgress …
Discussion: Good As You and Daily Kos
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments  —  Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images  —  Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony …
Discussion: The Hill, Alternet and AMERICAblog
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Inaugural Benediction To Be Delivered By Pastor Who Gave Vehemently Anti-Gay Sermon
First Read:
First Thoughts: The disorganized cabinet shuffle  —  The Obama White House's disorganized cabinet shuffle... And some legitimate excuses for it... Obama to nominate Jack Lew for top Treasury job at 1:30 pm ET... Biden meets with the NRA and other gun-rights groups at the White House …
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Will Keep His “Heat Shield”
Discussion: The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Obama Cabinet may not meet his own diversity standards
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Obama's own ‘war on women’
Discussion: Shakesville and Mediaite
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
A GOP Strategy for the Debt-Ceiling Fight  —  The House should pass a bill pairing spending cuts with a dollar-for-dollar debt-ceiling increase.  —  President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over his proposed more than $1 trillion increase in the debt ceiling as a matter …
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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Carney on coin gambit: ‘There is no backup plan’  —  For all the recent scuttlebutt about resolving the Republican debt-ceiling crisis with a trillion-dollar coin, there was an elusive detail: what does the White House think about this?  Yesterday, for the first time, press secretary Jay Carney was pressed for an answer.
Discussion: The Reaction
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The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 1/9/2013
Discussion: American Prospect
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?
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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
Discussion: New York Times
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough Goes Off On Mika Brzezinski After She Asserts He's ‘Being Chauvinistic’  —  The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama's inner circle.  As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Cory Booker Wrestled With His Own Homophobia  —  “I was disgusted by gays.  The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy.”  How Booker's mind was changed.  —  Image by Julio Cortez / AP  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker's December announcement that he would …
Discussion: Stanford Daily
Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
Bank Made Huge Bet, and Profit, on Libor  —  Deutsche Bank AG made at least €500 million ($654 million) in profit in 2008 from trades pegged to the interest rates under investigation by regulators world-wide, internal bank documents show.  —  The German bank's trading profits resulted …
Mike Allen / Politico:
11 days to inaug — NRA MEMBERSHIP SURGES — POTUS names Chief of Staff Jack Lew as Treasury secretary, 1:30 p.m. - Jim Warren to D.C. — Kevin Sheridan joins Dyke-Madden firm — TapprTumblr  —  THE JUICE: As pushback to N.Y. Times' A1 boys'-club photo, the White House yesterday blast-emailed …
John Cornyn / CNN:
Cornyn: Why I can't support Hagel  —  Editor's note: John Cornyn, a Republican, is the senior United States Senator from Texas.  —  (CNN) — To the surprise of many, including me, President Barack Obama has nominated former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Republican Party Path Back From 2012 Election Requires Shift In Culture, Not Just Tactics … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Barack Obama , Republican Party, Elections 2012, GOP, Barack Obama 2012 , Video, Heritage Foundation, Teddy Goff, Harper Reed …
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Dick Armey dishes dirt accidentally  —  There's been a remarkable amount of drama surrounding Dick Armey's departure from FreedomWorks, culminating Friday with a stunning report from Media Matters, who interviewed the former House Majority Leader directly.  Armey had all kinds of interesting insights …
Edward D. Kleinbard / New York Times:
The Debt Ceiling's Escape Hatch  —  THE fiscal cliff may have been avoided, but an even higher-stakes political standoff — this time, over the federal debt ceiling — is just around the bend.  —  Congressional Republicans have said they will demand immense cuts to popular government programs …
Discussion: Business Insider, Forbes and Quartz
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Boehner takes flak from defense hawks on sequester stance  —  House Republican defense hawks are pushing back strongly against Speaker John Boehner's claim that he has GOP support to allow steep automatic budget cuts to take effect if President Obama does not agree to replace them with other reductions.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Daily Kos
 
 
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
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Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
How Obama Won The Internet
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