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5:05 PM ET, January 10, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Minister Pulls Out of Inauguration After Outcry
Discussion: Firedoglake, National Review and Gawker
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Louie Giglio, Inaugural Pastor, Criticized for Antigay Sermon
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 …
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videocafe.crooksandliars.com:
Unhinged Tactical Response CEO Threatens to ‘Start Killing People’ Over Obama's Gun Control … Warning: Language NSFW.  —  The CEO of a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training is threatening to “start killing people” if President Barack Obama moves forward with gun control measures.
EndPlay / KERO-TV:
Report: At least two people shot at Taft High School  —  TAFT, Calif. - Officials have said that at least two people were shot at Taft High School.  —  The shooting happened at about 9 a.m., and reports indicate that at least two people were shot.  —  The shooter was taken into custody at about 9:20 a.m. officials said.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Biden's Gun Violence Event Interrupted By News Of Another School Shooting  —  On Thursday afternoon, CNN showed footage of Vice President Joe Biden meeting with gun rights groups and talking to reporters about his ongoing efforts to curb gun violence in the United States.
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABCNEWS and The Agonist
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sessions: Lew must ‘never’ be Treasury secretary  —  The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee will oppose Jack Lew's nomination to be Treasury secretary.  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has prepared a statement saying “Jack Lew must never be Secretary of Treasury.”
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Replacing David: Plouffe-by-committee?  —  Obama's right hand man in the West Wing and campaign consigliere, David Plouffe, has basically left the building, according to several White House sources who say they haven't seen him around much since the fiscal cliff deal.
First Read:
First Thoughts: The disorganized cabinet shuffle
Wall Street Journal:
Team of Liberal Loyalists
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Op Ed / Stanford Daily:
Cory Booker: “Pointing the finger at gays”  —  Cory Booker's column in the April 8, 1992 Stanford Daily. … I was in my tolerance stage or the “I don't give a damn if someone is gay, just as long as they don't bother me” stage.  I was well trained in my tolerance.  I stopped telling my gay jokes.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Post Politics
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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: Post Politics and Gothamist
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
In Defense of Hagel for Defense  —  Critics are pounding President Obama's choice for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, as soft on Iran, anti-military and even anti-Semitic.  This is a grotesque caricature of a man who would make a terrific defense secretary.
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Politico:
Chuck Hagel may regret not having made more Senate pals
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and msnbc.com
Thomas F. Schaller / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Democrats Dread 2014 Drop-Off  —  At first blush, Saxby Chambliss and the Michigan right-to-work episode seem completely unrelated.  Most Republicans approve of both, of course, but there is a deeper connection.  The Georgia senator and Michigan's effort to restrict organized labor's power …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Hints at Outlawing Unregulated ‘Private’ Gun Sales  —  Vice President Joe Biden, in remarks today before a meeting on guns, suggested the Obama administration is seriously considering outlawing unregulated “private” gun sales:  —  /p>  —  “And so the kinds of things that there's …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden eyes background checks, bans on clips
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Loyal Joe Biden Is Presidential Contender
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Obama signs bill, gets Secret Service protection for life  —  Washington (CNN) - With the stroke of a pen Thursday, President Barack Obama gave himself and his wife Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives.  —  The new law, which passed the House and Senate in December …
Discussion: Politico
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Signs Bill Giving Himself And George W. Bush Lifetime Secret Service Protection
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 …
Ted Cox / DNAinfo.com New York:
Joe Walsh Suggests Breaking Law to Fight Affordable Care Act in Chicago  —  CHICAGO — Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh says conservatives are losing the “war” for U.S. voters and encouraged his backers at a South Loop rally to engage in civil disobedience to defy the Affordable Care Act or new gun regulations.
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton still tops for 2016
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Paul Krugman:
The Mostly Solved Deficit Problem
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CNN:
Obama political machine to be fired up, ready to go for second term
Discussion: Post Politics and Roll Call
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Wyden criticizes DOE natural-gas export study, calls for do-over
Graeme Wilson / The Sun:
Barack Obama: Britain should stay in EU
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Frank endorses Markey for Senate
Discussion: Politico, Post Politics and The Fix
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Judges Seem Wary of Release of Bin Laden Photos
Discussion: Politico
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Bank Made Huge Bet, and Profit, on Libor
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Republican Party Path Back From 2012 Election Requires Shift In Culture, Not Just Tactics
Discussion: Politico
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Carney on coin gambit: ‘There is no backup plan’
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Democrat Wants To Roll Back Key Environmental Rules: 'I'm Not Going To Be Here' To Suffer Consequences
Discussion: Firedoglake
 

 
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