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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 …
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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 and The Moderate Voice
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
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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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve Stockman threatens to impeach Obama over guns
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 of the “fiscal cliff” debate.  Right before Christmas, President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner in the Oval Office.  “He told Mr. Boehner,” according to the Wall Street Journal, “that if the sides didn't reach agreement …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Associated Press:
Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence … WASHINGTON — You can carry a loaded firearm into national parks and can tuck your rifle and ammunition into stowed luggage on Amtrak trains.  Federal product-safety law subjects everything from toys to toasters to safety inspection and recalls, but exempts guns.
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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 …
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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New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
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 …
CNN:
House passes $50 billion-plus Sandy aid package  —  Washington (CNN) - Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved measures Tuesday to send more than $50 billion in aid to the Northeastern states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall, though some conservatives in the House were pushing …
Discussion: Firedoglake and This Just In
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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 …
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.
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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
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, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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
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
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
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
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
 
 
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