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3:00 PM ET, January 17, 2013

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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House ‘seeking clarity’ on Algerian hostage situation
Discussion: Politico
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US confirms Americans among hostages taken by militants in Algeria
Discussion: Associated Press and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Militants Grab U.S. Hostages
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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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Republicans worry they'll lose the House to Dems if they botch fiscal talks  —  Even as Republican officials maintain the GOP majority is safe, several lawmakers and longtime activists warn of far-reaching political ramifications.
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 …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Why President Obama might choose to lose on guns  —  President Barack Obama — hardheaded architect of many grand but flawed compromises in his first term — has always preferred winning ugly to losing nobly.  —  Over the years, Democrats have jokingly referred to what they call the …
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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: Politico
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Politico:
House GOP seeks to make friends
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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...
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 …
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
CNN:
Obama campaign arm begins gun control push  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's political operation began asking its wide network of backers Thursday to voice their support for the president's gun violence proposals, the first step in Obama for America's post-campaign iteration.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Infowars:
Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props  —  Infowars.com  —  Obama's shameless exploitation of children as set pieces is hardly new or original.  In fact, tyrants and dictators have used kids as props down through the ages.  —  Here are a few more recent examples:  —  The Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?  —  It's one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What's driving the growth in government spending?  And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid …
Discussion: Forbes
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: msnbc.com
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Recreational assault weapons fire riddles Ohio home, narrowly misses officer  —  Two men were arrested in Ohio on Wednesday after their target practice with an AK-47 assault rifle accidentally shot up a woman's home and nearly hit a officer who was responding to reports of gunfire.
Discussion: WEWS-TV
 
 
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Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term
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Catherine Crump / ACLU:
Justice Department Refuses to Release GPS Tracking Memos
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama push on gun control puts Reid in tough political spot
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems have hard road to taking House in 2014
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Liberals leap to Hollywood's defense
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David W. Chen / New York Times:
Candidate's Stepmother Declines to Endorse Him for Public Advocate
Sarah Dutton / CBS News:
9 in 10 back universal gun background checks
Discussion: Politico, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Wealthy CEOs Want To Force Americans To Retire Later
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP puts forward schedule to get budget done ahead of deadline
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Turn and National Review
Politico:
Dem hopefuls see political gain in gun fight
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Reaction
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Democratic Rep: Some Southern States ‘Have Cultures That We Have To Overcome’ To Enact New Gun Laws
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