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11:20 AM 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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Wall Street Journal:
Ugly Choices Loom Over Debt Clash  —  The showdown over the nation's debt ceiling could force the government to consider drastic steps to manage its limited cash, including delaying trillions of dollars of payments to employees, Social Security recipients, contractors and others.
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
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.
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Bloomberg wants to change the GOP
Wall Street Journal:
Gun Violence Focus Set to Shift to Congress
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
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 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Maryland's Gov. O'Malley to push for new gun control
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hullabaloo and The Hill
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 …
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
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 …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
One Month After Newtown Shooting, NRA Releases Shooting Game App With Coffin-Shaped Targets  —  When 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School exactly one month ago today, the National Rifle Association rushed to blame video games, not guns, for inspiring such mass murders.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Raw Story
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: CNN, Deadline.com and Business Insider
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CNN:
Surprise! Bill Clinton appears at the Golden Globes
Discussion: Politico
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to Oprah  —  In camera-ready red, Michelle Rhee started the week on the set of MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”  The next night, she was the subject of an hour-long documentary on “Frontline.”  In several weeks, she'll tour the country to promote her new memoir, “Radical.”
Discussion: Eduwonk and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.  —  Exactly two years ago, Farhad Manjoo ranted against people who still type two spaces after a period.  To this day, people are still talking about the article.  And some of them make a point to leave two spaces after all of their periods.
Discussion: AEIdeas
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and First Read
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Hagel to Meet Schumer to Discuss Policy Issues  —  WASHINGTON — In what could be a crucial moment in the Obama administration's efforts to advance the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, he will meet this week with Senator Charles E. Schumer …
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Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Sen. Schumer Asks Gun Retailers To Stop Sales As Congress Debates
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Treasury rules out trillion-dollar coin
Discussion: Forbes and American Spectator
Washington Post:
Turning Congress's partisans into problem solvers
Andy Brownfield / Washington Examiner:
Maryland teachers union wants nonmembers to pay fee
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