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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 …
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama to announce gun plans Wednesday  —  President Obama will unveil his gun violence proposals at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the White House, according to people who have been briefed on the event.  —  Obama has invited gun control groups and members of Congress to the White House Wednesday …
Discussion: White House Dossier
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Details of Biden gun package emerge
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Daily Caller
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Schumer to back Hagel as defense secretary  —  Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his support Tuesday for the nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, delivering a key vote for the Nebraska Republican's confirmation after weeks of voicing doubt about his positions …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Schumer clears a path for Hagel
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Hagel Won Schumer's Support For Defense Secretary
Discussion: The National Memo
Sen. Roger Wicker / Politico:
Why Chuck Hagel is the wrong choice to lead the Pentagon
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hagel says he regrets ‘Jewish lobby’ remark
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer: I'll Support Hagel For Defense Secretary
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Congeniality talks tough  —  “I'm a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon.  —  The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn't spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be.
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Politico:
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: New York Times, The Week, msnbc.com and CNN
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.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
‘Pretty friendly guy’ Obama says he's wooed Republican lawmakers
Discussion: Politico and Right Wing News
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 …
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New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
National Review:
Averting Default, Achieving Restraint  —  The federal government will hit the statutory limit on its debt within the next two months, and further borrowing would require congressional action.  Almost everybody recognizes that such action will need to take place, since no one has proposed a way to end all deficit spending immediately.
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Most Important Line In Fitch's Warning About The US AAA Credit Rating
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Annotating Obama's 2006 speech against boosting the debt limit
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 …
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Canadian Press:
Lance Armstrong tells Oprah Winfrey he used drugs
Discussion: Telegraph and The Agonist
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House panel blocks most GOP attempts to trim Sandy disaster-relief bill  —  The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill.
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David Rogers / Politico:
House GOP opens path for Sandy bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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: protein wisdom
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.
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: Washington Examiner
Hoover Institution:
The Age of Administrative Excess  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Why is the federal government locking unwilling citizens into Medicare?  —  Earlier this month …
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Obama is Prepared to Break Social Security, Defense Authorization and Food Safety Laws Along with Many Others
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