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4:45 PM ET, January 17, 2013

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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Republicans worry they'll lose the House to Dems if they botch fiscal talks  —  There's growing angst among Republicans that the party's House majority could be at risk in 2014 if the deep GOP divisions that emerged during the recent “fiscal cliff” negotiations persist in looming negotiations over a slew of budgetary issues.
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Brag They Won House Majority Because Of Gerrymandering  —  In a classic Kinsley gaffe, the Republican State Leadership Committee released a report boasting that the only reason the GOP controls the House of Representatives is because they gerrymandered congressional districts in blue states.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems have hard road to taking House in 2014
Discussion: Roll Call
Politico:
GOP pollster: Stop talking about rape  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It's way past time: House Republicans need to stop talking about rape.  —  That's the message GOP lawmakers got here Wednesday evening from Kellyanne Conway, a top GOP pollster.  —  Conway dispensed the stern advice as part …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: House GOP discussing short-term hike to debt ceiling  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - House Republicans are discussing a short-term debt ceiling increase to buy time for broader deficit reduction negotiations with Democrats, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:   GOP Weighs Short-Term Debt-Limit Increase
Politico:
House GOP seeks to make friends
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Matthew Stolle / Post Bulletin:
Franken undecided on assault weapons ban  —  On the day that President Obama proposed a sweeping package of gun-control measures, U.S. Sen. Al Franken signaled his support for several components of Obama's plan.  —  Franken, speaking during a press event in Rochester, said he supports limits …
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Erica Goode / New York Times:
Even Defining ‘Assault Rifles’ Is Complicated  —  One obstacle President Obama may face in proposing a new federal ban on assault weapons could lie in the use of the term “assault weapon” itself.  —  The label, applied to a group of firearms sold on the civilian market …
John H. Hinderaker / National Review:
Obama's Unserious Gun Proposals
USA Today:
STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WASHINGTON — The beauty of a second term …
Discussion: First Read and The Hill
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters:
Six hostages, 8 kidnappers killed in Algeria siege; 7 still held  —  (Reuters) - Six foreign hostages and eight of their captors were killed when Algerian forces fired on a vehicle being used by besieged gunmen at a gas plant in the remote Algerian desert on Thursday, a local source told Reuters.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House ‘seeking clarity’ on Algerian hostage situation
Discussion: Politico and The Week
CTPost.com:
President Barack Obama: Now is the time  —  As a society, our first task must be to care for our children — to shield them from harm and give them the tools they need not only to pursue their dreams, but to help build this country.  That is how we will be judged.
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John Fund / National Review:
Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: White House to pursue separate gun control bills in Congress  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Thursday that the administration would encourage Congress to consider the various aspects of the president's gun violence proposals as separate pieces of legislation.
Discussion: Politico
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama push on gun control puts Reid in tough political spot
Discussion: Daily Kos
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How Gun Culture Won Over Liberals  —  The new “gun nuts”: media elites, locavores, and hipster hunters.  —  On a Sunday morning a couple years ago, Brooklyn journalist Foster Kamer and a few of his “particularly liberal” blogger friends decided to skip brunch and hit the shooting range instead.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Fox renews Karl Rove contract through 2016  —  Fox News Channel is expected to announce shortly that Karl Rove has signed a multi-year deal to remain a Fox contributor through the 2016 election.  —  The contract assures the ratings-leader cable news network that it will retain …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Sharmin Kent / ThinkProgress:
Glenn Beck And The Price Of Independence  —  It's kinda hard to knock Glenn Beck's hustle.  Since leaving Fox News in June of 2011, Beck has kept himself busy with projects like starting a jeans label and relaunching The Blaze as a libertarian online network.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John Howard / New York Times:
I Went After Guns.  Obama Can, Too.  —  IT is for Americans and their elected representatives to determine the right response to President Obama's proposals on gun control.  I wouldn't presume to lecture Americans on the subject.  I can, however, describe what I, as prime minister of Australia …
Eddie Gehman Kohan / Obama Foodorama:
White House Takes Down Petition Calling For Beyoncé To Be “Disinvited” From Inauguration Due To PepsiCo Deal  —  White House spokesman says removal of petition from ‘We the People’ site has nothing to do with controversy...But East Wing doesn't want to discuss the optics problem for Let's Move! campaign...
Timothy O'Connor / Newsday:
Journal News map-listed guns, permits stolen from New City home, cops say  —  Two handguns and two pistol permits were stolen from the New City home of a man whose name and address are listed on the website of a local newspaper as possessing gun permits, police said.
voteview blog:
An Update on Political Polarization through the 112th Congress  —  The 112th Congress closed unceremoniously this month with a series of votes (by the House and Senate) to avert the “fiscal cliff”.  With this data, we can now analyze roll call voting in the 112th Congress in its entirety …
Associated Press:
Idaho lawmaker compares abortion and prostitution  —  BOISE — A lawmaker from northern Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho if their pro-abortion rights stance also means that they support prostitution.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rasmussen Reports:
58% Plan to Watch At Least Some of Obama Inauguration Live  —  Nearly six-out-of-10 voters plan to watch at least some of President Obama's second inauguration live on Monday, but that's a smaller crowd than planned to tune in four years ago.  —  The 58% of Likely U.S. Voters who plan …
Kevin Cirilli / Reuters:
Marco Rubio: Obama lacks ‘courage’ on guns  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday that President Barack Obama doesn't have the “political courage” to “admit” his true feelings about the Second Amendment, the latest in Rubio's recent criticisms of Obama's gun proposals.
World News:
Pakistan's envoy to US faces potentially deadly blasphemy accusation  —  Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., seen in November last year, is facing accusations of blasphemy.  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A petition accusing Pakistan's ambassador to the United States of committing blasphemy has been filed with the country's
Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
As manufacturing bounces back from recession, unions are left behind  —  Last July was a good month for factory workers in Anderson, Ind., where a Honda parts supplier announced plans to build a new plant and create up to 325 jobs.  But it was a grim month in the Cleveland suburbs …
Discussion: Wonkblog and msnbc.com
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
New Purpose of Government Is Better Government
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Wall Street Journal Deeply Concerned About the Fate of Rich Single Moms
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Buster Wilson Warns Obama Might Confiscate Guns of Anti-Gay Activists
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term
Discussion: The Fix and Prairie Weather
CNN:
Obama campaign arm begins gun control push
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Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Liberals leap to Hollywood's defense
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Candidate's Stepmother Declines to Endorse Him for Public Advocate
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
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