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3:10 PM ET, January 15, 2013

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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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Hagel Won Schumer's Support For Defense Secretary
Sen. Roger Wicker / Politico:
Why Chuck Hagel is the wrong choice to lead the Pentagon
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Schumer Says He's Satisfied With Hagel on Mideast
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 …
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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Details of Biden gun package emerge
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: W.H. eying 19 executive actions on guns
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke: Debt limit should be scrapped  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday said the debt ceiling has no value to the United States and should be scrapped.  —  “It would be a good thing if we didn't have it,” the Fed chairman said at the University of Michigan.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Annotating Obama's 2006 speech against boosting the debt limit
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Most Important Line In Fitch's Warning About The US AAA Credit Rating
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: Salon and Little Green Footballs
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
DOMA: House Republicans Poised To Spend $3 Million On Legal Defense … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  House Republicans, Elections 2012, LGBT, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Video, Defense Of Marriage Act, Boehner DOMA, Boehner Defense Of Marriage Act, Doma, House Republicans DOMA …
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Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:   House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal
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 …
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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
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.
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.
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.
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)  —  The Atlantic — the one time publisher of Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton — is now publishing Scientology propaganda.  The “sponsored content”</a …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Eurozone Crisis Is Over, but the Eurozone Economy Is Worse Than Ever  —  Mario Draghi (L), president of the European Central Bank (ECB), and Bundestag President Norbert Lammert speak to the media at the Bundestag after Draghi spoke to German parliamentarians on Oct. 24, 2012 in Berlin, Germany
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 …
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.
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
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: Althouse
 
 
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama ends term with fewer pressers than Bush or Clinton
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Hoover Institution:
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Obama is Prepared to Break Social Security, Defense Authorization and Food Safety Laws Along with Many Others
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