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8:15 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 …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Phil Gingrey: Todd Akin ‘partly right’ on rape
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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 …
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.
Reuters:
Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
David Gregory will not be prosecuted  —  Just released by D.C. Attorney General there will be no prosecution of David Gregory despite a finding that there was a clear violation of the law (emphasis mine): … D.C. Attorney General Letter Declining to Prosecute David Gregory
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
No gun magazine charges for David Gregory  —  NBC's David Gregory is off the hook for showing a high-capacity gun magazine on “Meet the Press” and will not be prosecuted, D.C.'s attorney general announced on Friday.  —  D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline …
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden: ‘No silver bullet’ to stop gun violence  —  The vice president downplayed harsh criticism the National Rifle Association has made about the administration's gun violence task force.  —  Vice President Biden said Friday that his task force on gun violence recognized there was …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Gun Appreciation Day Leader: If Blacks Had Guns, They Would Not Have Been Slaves  —  Larry Ward, chairman of the national Gun Appreciation Day gun rights advocates have planned for the weekend of President Obama's second inauguration, told CNN Friday that there never would have been slaves in America if black people had guns.
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
‘Gun Appreciation Day’ chairman: Slavery wouldn't have happened if slaves were armed
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
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:
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 Promises Faster Transition in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt  —  (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect's refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
DREAM Activist's Family Arrested After Home Raided By ICE  —  Erika Andiola, a young undocumented immigrant and activist, may be free from the threat of raids and deportation, but her family is another story.  —  On Thursday night, Andiola's home in Arizona was raided by Immigrations …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama policy deputy DeParle to exit for Brookings post  —  Nancy-Ann DeParle, a White House deputy chief of staff and the president's point person on his signature health care law, is leaving the West Wing to join the Brookings Institution.  —  Brookings president Strobe Talbott announced …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Mark Sanford Will Run for Congress  —  Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm.  He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott.  —  Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Governor: ‘My Goal Of Course Is To Shut Down’ The State's Last Abortion Clinic  —  Today marks the deadline for Mississippi's sole remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization, to comply with the restrictive, unnecessary restrictions that the state's Republican legislators imposed last summer.
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Satanists Rally For Rick Scott  —  The Satanic Temple logo.  —  A group of Florida-based Satanists will be holding a rally in support of the Sunshine State's Republican Governor Rick Scott on January 25.  According to a press release for the event, the Satanic Temple, which organized the rally …
 
 
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Toledo Blade:
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Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
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