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11:40 PM ET, January 14, 2013

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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.
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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:
Obama and G.O.P. Issue Challenges on the Debt Limit
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Dares GOP to Kill the Hostage
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Debt Ceiling Fight Threatens SS Checks
Discussion: Politico
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: W.H. readies 19 executive actions on guns  —  The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration's first definitive statements …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Rep. Stockman threatens Obama impeachment over guns
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hullabaloo
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
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 …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks Silence in Court
Lucy Morgan / Tampa Bay Times:
After 2010 campaign, Gov. Rick Scott gave back dog Reagan  —  What happened to Reagan, the Scotts' rescued Labrador?  —  TALLAHASSEE — Shortly after winning the GOP nomination in 2010, Rick Scott announced to the world through Facebook that his family had rescued a Labrador Retriever.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Public Supports Gun Control, But Gun Rights Proponents Are Way More Active
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Jodie Foster Stops Lying  —  Full transcript here.  Her date last night, believe it or not, was wife-abusing, homophobic anti-Semite, Mel Gibson.  Would you entrust your young sons to a man with Gibson's violent and vile history?  A highlight of her narcissistic, self-loving speech:
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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Column: Obama owns the debt now  —  The debt is up about 60% since Obama took office.  This can't go on forever. … President Obama, the Democrats, and plenty of Republicans in Congress, would like it if you'd spend the next few weeks talking about gun control.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Frank Lautenberg Aide Slams Cory Booker For “Morning Joe” Interview  —  “Booker is stealing [Lautenberg's] ideas and marketing them as his own,” an aide charged.  —  U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  The latest sticking point …
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 …
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.) …
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.
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.
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.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
“Liberty-Driven” Fortress Community Being Planned In Idaho  —  A group of self-appointed “patriots” are moving forward with an idea for a planned community of several thousand families of “patriotic Americans” in Idaho, a project named The Citadel, envisioned as a “martial endeavor designed …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Mark Levin Reacts To Obama Presser: ‘We Have An Imperial President’”  —  One wonders: where are all those concerned “civil libertarians” so distraught over Bush's “imperial presidency” now?  Their silence is deafening and predictable.  Whereas their hypocrisy may as well be wearing a tornado siren.
Discussion: CBS DC
Steven Musil / CNET:
Anonymous hacks MIT after Aaron Swartz's suicide  —  Hacktivist group defaces university pages after the school promises a full investigation into MIT's role in events leading up to the Internet activist taking his life.  —  Just hours after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pledged …
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