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8:25 PM ET, January 15, 2013

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Impeachmentum: Reagan AG Says Obama Can Be Impeached Over Guns  —  Former Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese, now a prominent emeritus official at the Heritage Foundation, became the latest conservative to warn that President Obama could risk impeachment if he takes executive action …
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Associated Press:
Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Obama acting ‘like a king’ on guns, vows to fight executive actions
Discussion: CNN and CBN.com
New York Times:
Obama Poised to Back Comprehensive Plan to Curb Gun Violence
New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Graph Search Beta  —  Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected.  The main way we do this is by giving people the tools to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about.  We call this map the graph.  It's big and constantly expanding with new people, content and connections.
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Steven Levy / Wired:
Facebook's Bold, Compelling and Scary Engine of Discovery: The Inside Story of Graph Search  —  Beast had a birthday last week.  The First Dog of social networking — live-in companion to Mark Zuckerberg and his bride, Priscilla Chan — turned two.  The proud owners baked a cake …
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook's Graph Could Be OK Cupid, Yelp, and LinkedIn, All in One
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Dylan Stableford / Associated Press:
Man who helped Sandy Hook kids is harassed by conspiracy theorists  —  A man who found six children in his driveway in Newtown, Conn., after their teacher had been shot and killed in last month's school massacre has become the target of conspiracy theorists who believe the shootings were staged.
Discussion: neo-neocon
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it  —  Gene Rosen sheltered six kids during the Sandy Hook massacre.  Now he's become a target of conspiracy theorists  —  “I don't know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen.  “I'm getting hang-up calls, I'm getting some calls …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Can't Find Any Co-Sponsors For Their Latest Obamacare Repeal Bills  —  Earlier this month, Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that his plan to introduce yet another Obamacare repeal bill would be unlikely to pass in the wake of President Obama's decisive re-election.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Utah Smoothie Shop Charges Liberals More, Donates Surcharge To Conservative Causes  —  A smoothie shop in Vernal, Utah is sparking outrage over an unorthodox pricing structure that charges liberals an extra dollar.  The shop, tellingly named the I Love Drilling Juice and Smoothie Bar …
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Geoff Liesik / KSL-TV:
Liberal tax leaves bitter taste in some smoothie drinkers' mouths  —  VERNAL — When George Burnett first set up shop in Vernal, he knew he had to find away to connect with his adopted community if his custom seat cover business was going to survive.  —  So, armed with a sandwich board emblazoned …
Jeff Richardson / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Murkowski: Country must pay its bills  —  FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski is breaking with Republican leadership in the debate about raising the U.S. debt ceiling, saying the country has a duty to assure it can pay its bills.  —  Raising the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling has emerged …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer: Deal to raise federal debt limit must include new revenues
Pan Pylas / Associated Press:
Fitch may downgrade U.S. credit rating
Discussion: msnbc.com and First Read
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Former Aide: Michele Bachmann Had “Unnatural Relationship” With Debate Coach  —  Peter Waldron alleges “Rasputin-like” control over the candidate.  “The story is completely false,” says O'Donnell.  —  O'Donnell looking at Bachmann.  —  Image by AP / AP  —  Michele Bachmann's high-profile …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bush Speechwriter Michael Gerson Exposes Obama's Sinister Being-Reasonable Ploy  —  It's a trick.  A very complicated one.  —  The Obama presidency has been an agonizing time for those few remaining moderate Republicans.  They fully oppose their party's extremism, but the gravitational loyalty …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Politics as usual  —  Here is my nomination for the lowest moment …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Galactic Empire Public Relations / The Official …:
Planet Earth Abandons Death Star Project In Face Of Superior Galactic Imperial Power  —  IMPERIAL CENTER, CORUSCANT - The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama agrees to ‘taxation without representation’ plates on presidential limo  —  President Obama, after a push by the D.C. Council, has agreed to affix license plates to his limo with the phrase “taxation without representation.”  —  The new plates will be in place beginning this weekend …
Discussion: CNN
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Hagel Won Schumer's Support For Defense Secretary  —  Shortly after Chuck Hagel was nominated to be next secretary of defense, TPM asked a Senate Republican leadership aide what their opposition strategy was going to be.  —  The aide's response in full: “Schumer.”
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Schumer Says He's Satisfied With Hagel on Mideast
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
As inauguration approaches, Obama's most virulent foes want the celebration stopped  —  Eldon Bell, a retired Air Force officer and physician, is making no plans to see Barack Obama's second inauguration, in part because Bell considers the president arrogant and dishonest …
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Secret State Department cable: Chemical weapons used in Syria  —  A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month, The Cable has learned.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Wired and Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Mark Sanford: I'm Running for Congress  —  A conversation with the former South Carolina governor  —  Mark Sanford, the three-term congressman and two-term South Carolina governor, is preparing his political comeback, running for the House in the district recently represented by Tim Scott.
New York Post:
More city co-eds turning to sugar daddies for school support  —  More New York City co-eds are turning to a new source of income — sugar daddies — to cope with the rising cost of their college tuition, surprising statistics released yesterday reveal.  —  And the majority is enrolled …
Discussion: Above the Law and protein wisdom
Roger Kimball / Wall Street Journal:
This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit  —  Sandy wrecked our house, but bureaucrats are keeping it broken.  —  “What sort of people were these?  What were they talking about?  What office did they belong to?  K. was living in a free country, after all, everywhere was at peace …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter: ‘If You Compare White Populations,’ U.S. Has Same Murder Rate As Belgium (VIDEO)  —  Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter on Monday said that the United States has a demographic problem rather than a gun problem, arguing that the country has a comparable murder rate to Belgium “if you compare white populations.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Cullen / The Boston Globe:
On humanity, a big failure in Aaron Swartz case  —  If it was beyond scandalous that Aaron Swartz was facing 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines for downloading a bunch of obscure academic treatises without a subscription, it is beyond tragic that he is now dead.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Former Obama Staff Complain Of Cold Inaugural Shoulder  —  The no-drama Obama campaign is over.  “The people that worked so hard, for so long, to raise a billion dollars and turn out millions of voters deserve better.”  —  Stewards stand amid rows of empty seats during a dress rehearsal …
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
New Video Game Allows Players to Murder NRA President  —  A new online video game is taking political discourse to a whole new level.  We already reported the death threats being received by NRA executives and now, a video game which allows users to shoot NRA President David Keene in the head, has been released.
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State  —  measure would make any federal firearms legislation passed by Congress or approved by Presidential order unenforceable in Texas
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York Assembly Passes Gun Legislation  —  ALBANY — The State Assembly, which opened its legislative session this year with a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Tuesday approved a package of gun measures that would significantly expand the state's ban on assault weapons.
 
 
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Joe Walsh / timeoutchicago.com/blogs/136511:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Field to replace Kerry narrows, again
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401(k) breaches undermining retirement security for millions
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