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7:05 PM ET, January 14, 2013

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
President Obama's news conference on the debt ceiling, fiscal battles and gun control, Jan. 14, 2013 (Transcript)  —  Here's a running transcript of President Obama's remarks on raising the debt ceiling at a news conference on Jan. 14, 2013.  Remarks are being updated as they become available.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Dares GOP to Kill the Hostage  —  It is slowly dawning on Washington that, in the wake of the pseudo-apocalyptic drama of the “fiscal cliff,” we are approaching the real thing.  That thing is the confluence of two events: the vote to lift the debt ceiling, an occasion of meaningless puffery …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Debt Ceiling Fight Threatens SS Checks
Discussion: Politico
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Obama Looks To Saddle Republicans With Blame For Debt Limit Fight
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Public Supports Gun Control, But Gun Rights Proponents Are Way More Active
Discussion: National Review
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Rep. Stockman threatens Obama impeachment over guns  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is threatening to file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he moves to change gun regulations through executive order.  —  “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Weasel Zippers
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Threatens Impeachment If Obama Uses Executive Order On Guns
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Defending diversity record, Obama hints at naming more females
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama says he'll outline gun-control proposals by the end of the week
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
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 …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Clarence Thomas breaks long silence during Supreme Court oral arguments  —  Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence at Supreme Court oral arguments Monday.  But no one is sure exactly what he said.  —  Thomas seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about lawyers trained …
Discussion: The Week
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Thomas Breaks His Silence in Court
Discussion: ABCNEWS and News Desk
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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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 …
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.
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.) …
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Jenny Sanford to skip race for Congress … Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford said Monday she will not run for Congress.  —  Sanford, who has four sons with ex-governor Mark Sanford, said her family comes first.  She also took a swipe at the Republican-controlled House.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITIES ARE NOT IN ORDER  —  The president gave the White House press corps a chance to ask him questions today in what was purported to be the wrap-up press conference of his first term.  —  The president gave the White House press corps its 37th chance to ask …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies  —  Honest Americans Bought Enough Guns in November and December to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies  —  The Obama Administration is the number one threat to the nation's gun rights advocates.
Politico:
SCOTUS won't disturb GOP voter fraud decree  —  The Supreme Court on Monday declined the Republican National Committee's request to lift a three-decade-old court order that limits the national GOP's ability to challenge voters' eligibility at the polls.  —  The case, Republican National …
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 …
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