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2:55 PM ET, January 13, 2013

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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Powell: GOP has ‘a dark vein of intolerance’  —  While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama.  —  “There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party …
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Greg Clary / CNN:
Colin Powell is bucking his own party, again  —  (CNN) - When President Barack Obama nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week, criticism came in swiftly from several Republicans.  But there's one member of the GOP who couldn't be more supportive of Hagel, and that's former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Discussion: Politico
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Two Sentences That Should Be Part of All Discussion of the Debt Ceiling  —  Here they are:  —  1) Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize one single penny in additional public spending.  —  2) For Congress to “decide whether” to raise the debt ceiling, for programs and tax rates …
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
The Fed Killed Trillion-Dollar Coin  —  Senior administration official tells BuzzFeed the Federal Reserve would not have recognized the vast sum for depositing the coin.  —  The Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington April 3, 2012.  —  Source: images.newscred.com
Discussion: Business Insider
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Treasury: We won't mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling
Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz  —  Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment.  We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.  —  Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity …
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BBC:
Mass Paris rally against gay marriage in France  —  The BBC's Hugh Schofield said the organisers did not want to be seen as homophobic  —  Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
History suggests that era of entitlements is nearly over … It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length.  In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Corker Says There Are Questions About Chuck Hagel's ‘Temperament’  —  ABC  —  This morning on “This Week,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee expressed concerns about the “temperament” of Chuck Hagel, the man President Obama nominated to be his next Secretary of Defense.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Staying coy, Booker's not ‘ruling out anything’ for 2014  —  (CNN) - Cory Booker revealed little Sunday about plans to explore a Senate seat next year and potentially challenge a fellow Democrat, incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  —  The Newark, New Jersey, mayor - who passed on running …
Discussion: Politico
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
The Low Politics of Low Growth  —  WE typically blame Washington for not doing more to help the economy grow.  But what if we have it backward: What if it is the weak economy that is driving the failures in Washington?  —  That is what Benjamin Friedman, a Harvard economist who has studied …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Obama Synthesis  —  AS both his critics and admirers argue, the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week tells us something important about Barack Obama's approach to foreign policy.  But so does the man who was nominated alongside Hagel, to far less controversy and attention …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Like President Obama, Rahm Emanuel pivots on gun control  —  Rahm Emanuel, who put the brakes on gun control in the Obama White House, is now pushing for broad changes to firearm policies in Chicago.  —  Like President Obama, the Chicago mayor has long embraced gun-control policies …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak's Conviction
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
NRA president predicts assault weapons ban won't pass Congress
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Top Dems urging Obama to raise debt ceiling all voted against increase in '06
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