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9:55 AM ET, January 15, 2013

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Debt debate: No easy path to avoid chaos  —  If you thought the fiscal cliff was bad, just wait for the triple threat.  —  The White House and Congress are facing three critical deadlines — the country hits its debt limit as early as mid-February, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: W.H. eying 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 …
New York Times:
Obama Poised to Back Comprehensive Plan to Curb Gun Violence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Threatens Impeachment If Obama Uses Executive Order On Guns  —  The conservative discord in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. massacre went up another octave on Monday when Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) threatened to file articles of impeachment if President Obama uses an executive order to try to reduce gun violence.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal  —  With the administration's debt ceiling deadline fast approaching, House Republican leaders are considering a four-year debt limit increase that would take the issue off the table for the rest of President Barack Obama's presidency.
The White House:
News Conference by the President
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:   ‘Pretty friendly guy’ Obama says he's wooed GOP lawmakers
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown
Discussion: PJ Media
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid: The Assault Weapons Ban Is Probably Doomed  —  The Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate will not be a free-for-all of new gun regulations following the shooting at Sandy Hook, according to Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Instead, Senators will focus on passing legislation …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Mediaite
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New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
Matt Barber / Townhall.com:
Civil War's A-Brewin'
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
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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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:
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Can't Stop Talking About The Republican Party  —  The Republican gadfly and No Labels crusader says he's only trying to help.  “I'd say we take about 2 percent of the media requests that come in.  Really.”  —  Jon Huntsman speaks to BuzzFeed staff Monday.  —  Image by Macey Foronda for BuzzFeed
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify Against Cycling Officials  —  In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is scheduled to air on her network on Thursday, Lance Armstrong confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, according to two people briefed …
Discussion: DealBook and ParaPundit
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.
Sen. Roger Wicker / Politico:
Why Chuck Hagel is the wrong choice to lead the Pentagon  —  The bitter tone of gridlock in Washington has left many Americans hoping for a more collaborative environment to face the country's most pressing challenges.  Changes in the president's Cabinet presented a prime opportunity for coming together.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Palazzo Urges Sandy Relief Opponents To Reverse Their Votes  —  A little more than a week ago, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) was one of only 67 Republicans to vote against a bill to provide $9.7 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy that easily passed the House of Representatives.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Colin Powell Calls Out The GOP's Racism Problem: There Is ‘A Dark Vein Of Intolerance’  —  Without mentioning names, Powell singled out former Mitt Romney surrogate and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for calling Obama “lazy” and Sarah Palin, who, Powell charged, used slavery-era terms to describe Obama:
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Scientists: Backing Keystone pipeline would ‘undermine’ Obama's climate legacy  —  A group of prominent climate scientists say President Obama's legacy is on the line as he mulls whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.  —  “We hope, as scientists, that you will demonstrate …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt's Leader, Morsi, Made Anti-Jewish Slurs  —  CAIRO — Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists.  In a television interview around that time …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Lets Glenn Beck Set Legislative Agenda: Introduces Bill To Fight U.N. Conspiracy Theory  —  You'd be forgiven for having not heard of Agenda 21.  Developed at a summit in Brazil in 1992 with support from President George H.W. Bush, Agenda 21 is a series of non-binding UN recommendations …
 
 
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Farc ceasefire ‘to end’ as peace talks resume in Cuba
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What Obama's Missing in Afghanistan
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Peters: Hobbit subsidy should be handed back
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Focus On The Family President Concedes Homosexuality Is ‘Not A Super Sin’
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Frank Lautenberg Aide Slams Cory Booker For “Morning Joe” Interview
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Va. governor's proposal to eliminate gas taxes finds many fans among businesses
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Dana Feldman / Reuters:
California boy, 12, convicted of neo-Nazi dad's murder
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
“Liberty-Driven” Fortress Community Being Planned In Idaho
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Mark Levin Reacts To Obama Presser: ‘We Have An Imperial President’”
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Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies
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