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10:15 AM ET, January 10, 2013

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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?
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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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: Obama Considering ‘Executive Orders’ to Deal With Guns
Reuters:
Biden says Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns
Discussion: Politicker and TalkLeft
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: An Executive Order On Guns Smacks Of ‘Dictatorship’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
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
Discussion: CNN, This Just In and Power Line
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki Staying On For Second Term
Talking Points Memo:
Hilda Solis Resigns
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Obama's own ‘war on women’
Discussion: Mediaite
Reuters:
Giffords gun control group wants $20 million for 2014 elections  —  (Reuters) - A new gun control group led by Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage, wants to raise $20 million for the 2014 congressional elections, matching …
Discussion: The Hill
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Politico:
Expectations low for Joe Biden, NRA talks  —  Vice President Joe Biden and the NRA are sitting down Thursday morning to talk gun control.  Up next for a talk: Wal-Mart.  —  But don't be fooled that the high-profile meetings are going to get much done.  —  The National Rifle Association doesn't want new gun laws.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House declines to rule out the minting of a ‘platinum coin’
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   White House won't deport Piers Morgan
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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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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Compromise on DUI blood tests?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
Discussion: Right Turn
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Business leaders: Failure to raise debt ceiling will drive markets “haywire”
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Bill Clinton to receive Father of the Year award … Former President Bill Clinton hailed President Obama during remarks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Former president Bill Clinton can add Father of the Year …
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.
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
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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He's Ready For The Clown Suit
Katie Glueck / Reuters:
Virginia Poll: Armed school guards wanted  —  Bucking the national trend, Virginia voters, by a wide margin, want an armed guard in every school, but they do strongly back an assault weapons ban, according to a poll Thursday.  —  A Quinnipiac University poll found that Old Dominion voters favor putting …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Democrat Wants To Roll Back Key Environmental Rules: 'I'm Not Going To Be Here' To Suffer Consequences … As Virginia's state legislature considers whether to lift a decades-old ban on uranium mining in the Commonwealth, Senate Democratic Leader Richard “Dick” Saslaw has been among the most vocal proponents of such a move.
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
Obama's Pick for Treasury Is Said to Be His Chief of Staff  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama will announce on Thursday that he intends to elevate his chief of staff and former budget director, Jacob J. Lew, to be his next secretary of Treasury, according to officials familiar with the decision.
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Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
Why U.S. Spending Cuts Won't Kill Too Many Jobs  —  The U.S. began the year with an awkwardly arranged deal that raised taxes.  I hope it doesn't end the year without a deal to limit spending.  —  The U.K. may have embraced austerity too soon, but the U.S. is far enough along in its recovery that it can begin balancing its books.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Group Pushing Deficit Cuts Has Deep Business Ties  —  When Jim McCrery, a former Louisiana congressman, urged lawmakers last month to pursue entitlement cuts and tax reform, he was introduced on television as a leader of Fix the Debt, a group of business executives and onetime legislators …
Discussion: The Caucus
 
 
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
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Rolling Stone:
Hank Greenberg Should Be Shot into Space For Suing the Government over the AIG Bailout
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites get $5M
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