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8:30 AM ET, January 10, 2013

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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: CNN, Power Line and This Just In
Talking Points Memo:
Hilda Solis Resigns
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama Cabinet: Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki Staying On For Second Term
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Obama's own ‘war on women’
Discussion: Mediaite
Democratic Strategist:
Lessons of 2012, Part II: Obama's Grand Strategy Worked, Romney's Didn't
CNN:   Labor secretary resigns ‘to begin a new future’
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:   Labor Secretary Will Resign
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.
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
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Joe Biden: Obama prepared to use executive action on gun control
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
Discussion: New York Times
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Compromise on DUI blood tests?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Volokh Conspiracy
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  —  [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 Whiskey Fire
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House declines to rule out the minting of a ‘platinum coin’
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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Washington Post:
Obama selects White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to head Treasury
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama ‘seriously considering’ hosting climate summit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truthdig
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.
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
Jennifer Emert / WIS-TV:
Midlands teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class  —  At least one parent calls the actions of a Chapin High School English teacher disrespectful and unpatriotic.  —  The Lexington-Richland District 5 teacher is accused of throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his honors English classes.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
How Obama Won The Internet  —  Would you rather fight one hundred duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?  In the second exclusive excerpt from Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama's Final Campaign , a behind-the-scenes look at the president's historic Reddit IAmA.
Discussion: The Immoral Minority
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Mediaite
 
 
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US publicly voices concerns over Britain leaving EU
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites get $5M
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Rush Limbaugh:
There Goes My New Year's Resolution
Wall Street Journal:
Frederick and Kimberly Kagan: How to Waste a Decade in Afghanistan
Rosemary Regina Sobol / Chicago Tribune:
Police: Man threatened to blow up CTA bus in ‘jihad’
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White House won't deport Piers Morgan
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
A tax deal only the ultra-rich could love
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
California Town Hall Provides Glimpse At The Future Of The Gun Control Debate
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