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5:15 PM ET, January 11, 2013

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Jon Gillooly / mdjonline.com:
Gingrey speaks out on the issue of ‘legitimate rape’ and guns  —  SMYRNA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) tackled such sensitive topics as gun reform, abortion and rape during the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast which took place Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Todd Akin ‘Partly Right’ On Legitimate Rape  —  “Legitimate rape” is back.  Just a couple months after former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) famous use of the phrase helped contribute to a double-digit loss in the 2012 Missouri Senate race, a Republican congressman and medical doctor …
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: Gingrey open to limits on mag clips, says Todd Akin was ‘partly right’  —  Schmoozing with constituents in Smyrna on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, had already made news when he said that he was open to some new restrictions on firearms.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:   Phil Gingrey: Todd Akin ‘partly right’ on rape
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Coins Against Crazies  —  So, have you heard the one about the trillion-dollar coin?  It may sound like a joke.  But if we aren't ready to mint that coin or take some equivalent action, the joke will be on us — and a very sick joke it will be, too.  —  Let's talk for a minute …
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler / Economy & Budget:
The debt ceiling must go  —  Here is a stubbornly well-kept secret: the debt ceiling is arbitrary, doesn't affect the deficit, and serves no real function in keeping spending down.  In addition, it has recently become a cudgel which extremist Republican legislators use to beat the rest of us into submitting to political blackmail.
KPTV-TV:
Men armed with rifles walk through Portland to ‘educate’  —  Two men carrying assault rifles on their backs said they were simply exercising their Second Amendment right, but police said they scared plenty of people.  —  Calls started coming in to 911 dispatchers shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Portland residents panic as men armed with assault weapons ‘educate’ the city
The White House:
Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai  —  At the invitation of President Obama, President Karzai and his delegation visited Washington January 8-11, 2013.  President Karzai's visit comes at an important juncture for both our nations, as we take steps to further strengthen …
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama, Karzai Say US to End Combat Operations in Afghanistan This Spring
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
Karzai and Obama to Meet to Discuss Forces in Afghanistan
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House gun plan: An end run around the NRA  —  President Barack Obama is trying an end run around the NRA — rallying groups as varied as churches, medical organizations, retailers and the Rotary Club to build support for new gun regulations.  —  It's an unusual strategy …
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Washington Post:
Biden gun task force must not overreach
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The Real Gun-Control Consensus
Discussion: American Power
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals' Emergency Rooms  —  Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City's 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
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Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan  —  Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city's emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top Senate Dems to White House: If you unilaterally raise debt ceiling, we've got your back  —  In a move that will significantly ratchet up the brinksmanship around the debt ceiling, the four members of the Senate Democratic leadership are privately telling the White House …
BBC:
France confirms Mali intervention  —  President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali.  —  French troops “have brought support to the Malian army to fight against the terrorists”, Mr Hollande said.
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Reuters:
France launches air strike in Mali
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
John Bresnahan / Politico:
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller won't run in 2014  —  Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not run for reelection in 2014, passing up a bid for a sixth term and putting in play a Senate seat in deep red West Virginia.  —  In an interview with POLITICO, Rockefeller …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Rockefeller to retire, giving GOP a prime pickup opportunity
Jim DeMint / Washington Post:
Conservative ideas need a new message  —  Jim DeMint represented South Carolina in the Senate from 2005 to 2013 and in the House from 1999 to 2005.  —  The U.S. Senate reached an all-time low — a hard mark to achieve — last week as I said my goodbyes to rejoin the real world.
The White House:
President Obama to Award Medal of Honor  —  On February 11, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  —  Staff Sergeant Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Bachmann still hasn't paid presidential campaign staffers  —  Five Iowa staffers say they've waited 375 days for payment, but refuse to sign the gag order the campaign demands  —  Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers …
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WCTI-TV:
Lesbian couple: Restaurant owner hands them letter condemning homosexuality  —  NEW BERN -  —  A lesbian couple said an owner of a restaurant handed them a letter condemning homosexuality as they were walking out of the building.  —  Ariel and Shawnee McPhail said they went into The Stingray Café …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade  —  On December 18, the Washington Post editorial board penned an unusually forceful broadside declaring that Chuck Hagel was “not the right choice” to be secretary of defense.  The chief reason, the board wrote, was that Hagel's views …
Tracy Clark-Flory / Salon:
Alisa Valdes: Anti-feminist romance not so romantic  —  Alisa Valdes' book “Feminist and the Cowboy” is about a man who taught her to “submit.”  Now she says he abused her  —  It's a romance-memoir about a hardcore feminist who falls in love with a cowboy who teaches her to reconnect with her …
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
NJ Mayor Booker Files to Run for US Senate in 2014  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker has filed paperwork allowing him to raise money to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, setting up intrigue over his political future and that of 89-year-old Frank Lautenberg, who currently holds the seat.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
 
 
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