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12:10 PM ET, January 14, 2013

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Politico:
Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown  —  House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March.  —  The idea of allowing the country to default …
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Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley to push for tougher gun-control rules  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will seek to institute some of the nation's strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Lies on Gun Background Checks Are a Focus Both Sides Agree On  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly 80,000 Americans were denied guns in 2010, according to Justice Department data, because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories on background-check forms.
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Bloomberg wants to change the GOP  —  Matt McClain/For The Washington Post - Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, poses for a portrait at New York City Hall on Friday January 11, 2013.  He has been outspoken on the issue of gun control.  —  NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg …
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Newtown police chief adds voice to call for assault weapons ban
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Maryland's Gov. O'Malley to push for new gun control
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hullabaloo and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Gun Violence Focus Set to Shift to Congress
Wall Street Journal:
Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist  —  Just days before he hanged himself, Internet activist Aaron Swartz's hopes for a deal with federal prosecutors fell apart.  —  Two years ago, the advocate for free information online, who was known to have suffered from depression …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
MIT president orders review of Aaron Swartz episode
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:   MIT regrets any role in tragedy
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In California, It's U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana  —  STOCKTON, Calif. — Matthew R. Davies graduated from college with a master's degree in business and a taste for enterprise, working in real estate, restaurants and mobile home parks before seizing on what he saw as uncharted territory …
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Molly Davies / The Huffington Post:
A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the “Bigger Fish to Fry” in Your Drug War  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  I am writing to you as a wife and mother of two young daughters, whose 34-year old husband, Matthew Davies, faces 10 years or more in federal prison for providing medical marijuana …
George Packer / New Yorker:
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT  —  The New Year's Day vote in Congress that brought a temporary truce to the fiscal wars showed the Republicans to be far more divided than the Democrats, and the division broke along regional lines.  House Republicans from the Far West and from the Northeast favored …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Dissatisfaction With Gun Laws Spikes to 38%  —  Close to four in 10 say gun laws should be stricter, up from 25% in 2012  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, and as Vice President Joe Biden leads a federal task force that will recommend ways …
Newsday:
Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home?  —  A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars' target was the homeowner's gun safe.  —  At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Meet the softball: David Gregory and Colin Powell  —  “Meet the Press” isn't what it used to be.  After a remarkably softball interview with President Obama on New Year's Day, moderator David Gregory on Sunday let former secretary of state Colin Powell filibuster through one question after another …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough Apologizes To Mika Brzezinski For Rant On ‘Morning Joe’ (VIDEO)  —  Joe Scarborough on Monday apologized to his “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski for accusing her of hypocrisy over the lack of women in President's Obama's inner circle last week.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Cuts Orders for iPhone Parts  —  Apple Inc. has cut its orders for components for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  Apple's orders for iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for example, have dropped to roughly half …
Denise Smith Amos / Cincinnati.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Teacher claims discrimination over fear of kids  —  MARIEMONT — A longtime French and Spanish high school teacher is suing the Mariemont school district, alleging it discriminated against her because she has a disability - she has a phobia of young children.
Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
‘Game Change’ scores at the Golden Globes  —  HBO's “Game Change,” based on the 2008 campaign book by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, took home three Golden Globes at Sunday's ceremony, including in the category of best television miniseries or television movie.
Discussion: Deadline.com, CNN and Business Insider
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CNN:
Surprise! Bill Clinton appears at the Golden Globes
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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