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12:00 PM ET, January 15, 2013

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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:
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 …
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: Mediaite and Washington Examiner
New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
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 GOP lawmakers
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Schumer to support Hagel  —  By NBC's Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is seen as a key to Chuck Hagel's becoming Defense secretary, is throwing his support behind the former Nebraska Republican senator — despite past controversial statements on Israel, Iran, and the “Jewish lobby.”
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hagel says he regrets ‘Jewish lobby’ remark  —  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's pick for Defense secretary, expressed regret for a past comment about the “Jewish lobby” which has threatened to derail his nomination.  —  “I regret saying it,” Hagel wrote.
Sen. Roger Wicker / Politico:
Why Chuck Hagel is the wrong choice to lead the Pentagon
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Manu Raju / Politico:
Hagel tries to alleviate Dem fears
Discussion: Israel Matzav and msnbc.com
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 …
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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 …
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.
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, Taylor Marsh and ParaPundit
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Canadian Press:
Lance Armstrong tells Oprah Winfrey he used drugs
Discussion: Telegraph and The Agonist
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
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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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
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.
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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 …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Colorado's Andrew Romanoff weighs House bid  —  Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who helped lead a Democratic resurgence in the state before mounting an unsuccessful 2010 Senate campaign, is considering a run for Congress in 2014.  —  Romanoff told POLITICO that he may challenge GOP …
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 …
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:
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Journal News deploys Fifth Avenue firm to reject interview requests  —  Last week, the Erik Wemple Blog pressed Kathy Moore, an editor at the Journal News, for an interview regarding the newspaper's very controversial maps of gun-permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties.
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Hot Air
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.
 
 
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The White House:
News Conference by the President
Discussion: First Read
David Rogers / Politico:
House GOP opens path for Sandy bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Daily Kos
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
401(k) breaches undermining retirement security for millions
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Annotating Obama's 2006 speech against boosting the debt limit
Jon Campbell / Associated Press:
New York Senate passes tough gun law
David Shepardson / detroitnews.com:
Chrysler to build Jeeps in China
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Next Fiscal Fight Shifts Focus to Spending Cuts
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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Justice Thomas speaks
Discussion: News Desk
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Colin Powell Calls Out The GOP's Racism Problem: There Is ‘A Dark Vein Of Intolerance’
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Scientists: Backing Keystone pipeline would ‘undermine’ Obama's climate legacy
Kate Chapman / Stuff.co.nz:
Peters: Hobbit subsidy should be handed back
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Caller
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Lets Glenn Beck Set Legislative Agenda: Introduces Bill To Fight U.N. Conspiracy Theory
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Focus On The Family President Concedes Homosexuality Is ‘Not A Super Sin’
Discussion: Good As You and The Raw Story
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support
 

 
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