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4:20 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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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama press conference: Refusing to raise debt ceiling ‘absurd’  —  President Barack Obama used the last press conference of his first term to try to grab hold of the debate over fiscal responsibility which will define the beginning of his second.  —  Obama repeated his call …
Ross Douthat:
How To Lose At American Politics  —  No doubt thanks to my timely intervention in the great $1 trillion coin debate, the Treasury Department explicitly rejected the possibility that the White House would mint a platinum “solution” to the debt ceiling debate this weekend.
New York Times:
Full Transcript of President Obama's Press Conference  —  The following is the complete transcript of President Obama's press conference on Monday in Washington.  (Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.)  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Please, have a seat, everybody.  Good morning.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Looks To Saddle Republicans With Blame For Debt Limit Fight
Discussion: Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Obama chides GOP on debt limit: ‘We are not a deadbeat nation’
Matt Barber / Townhall.com:
Civil War's A-Brewin'  —  A pretty, young, auburn-haired woman - mid-20s - drove down a lonely country road somewhere in Oklahoma.  Appearing in her rearview mirror, at the back windshield, were two menacing orbs of light floating amid ashen dusk.  The guttural roar of a souped-up big block shook …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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CNN:   Newtown searches for answers a month later
Washington Post:
Maryland Gov. O'Malley to push for tougher gun-control rules
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 …
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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Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
MIT regrets any role in tragedy
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: CBS forced CNET staff to recast vote after Hopper won ‘Best in Show’ at CES  —  The Dish Network's Hopper wasn't simply in the running: it had actually taken the top prize  —  On Friday, news broke that CNET had been forced by its parent company CBS to remove the Dish Network's Hopper set-top box …
Bloomberg:
Dell Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms  —  Dell Inc. (DELL), the personal-computer maker that lost almost a third of its value last year, is in buyout talks with private-equity firms, two people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  Round Rock, Texas-based Dell is discussing …
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: ANDY WE HARDLY KNEW YE: SULLIVAN UNCEREMONIOUSLY DUMPED BY DAILY BEAST  —  According to a credible source with inside knowledge of the matter, the actual reason Andrew Sullivan and the Daily Beast are parting ways at the end of this month has nothing to do with some high-falutin' …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Solve This Problem  —  With a ponderous condescension that ill-befits a recently failed presidential candidate and a United States Senator who has largely distinguished himself by drawing attention to the vast gulf that separates him from his own party, Jon Huntsman and Joe Manchin have penned …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and msnbc.com
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House tells Paul Ryan it won't meet budget deadline  —  The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.  —  Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NetRight Daily
Bloomberg:
Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species  —  Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing.  Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason.  —  Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Vodkapundit
New York Times:
Malian Town Falls to Islamist Rebels, France Says  —  PARIS — The French defense ministry said on Monday that a town in central Mali had fallen to Islamist insurgents from the north, hours after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country's dramatic intervention there had succeeded …
Discussion: Lawfare
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Wall Street Journal:
Militants in Mali Advance Despite Airstrikes
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama's brother seeks office in Kenya  —  President Barack Obama's half brother is following his younger sibling into politics.  —  Malik Obama, 54, is running for the governorship of Siaya, a county in western Kenya, as an independent candidate.  Bloomberg reports Malik Obama made the announcement Sunday …
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David Gichana / Bloomberg:
Obama's Step-Brother Will Seek Governorship of Kenyan County
Discussion: FP Passport
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 …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support  —  Gun Rights Proponents More Politically Active  —  OVERVIEW  —  While the issue of gun control remains divisive, there are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
 
 
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Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Jenny Sanford to skip race for Congress
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Washington Post:
President Obama's news conference on the debt ceiling, fiscal battles and gun control, Jan. 14, 2013 (Transcript)
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
How Unions Went From Border Hawks To Immigration Doves
David Nather / Politico:
Obamacare mandate may be ‘mandate plus’
Discussion: Hit & Run and Forbes
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Defending diversity record, Obama hints at naming more females
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Mike Simpson rips Raul Labrador for trying to oust Boehner as Speaker
Discussion: Politico
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
McCain: “Significant questions” about Obama's Cabinet picks
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Harry Reid Disavows Report Linking Him to Bribery Case
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Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to Oprah
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One Month After Newtown Shooting, NRA Releases Shooting Game App With Coffin-Shaped Targets
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough Apologizes To Mika Brzezinski For Rant On ‘Morning Joe’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Raw Story
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Bloomberg wants to change the GOP
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Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.
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