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12:50 PM ET, January 17, 2013

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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Republicans worry they'll lose House if they botch debt 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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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Dems have hard road to taking House in 2014
Politico:
House GOP seeks to make friends
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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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.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meet The Republicans Who Want To Impeach Obama Over Gun Regulations
Discussion: msnbc.com and Liberal Values
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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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
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Turn
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 …
Deadspin:
Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax  —  Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden.  A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory …
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Plans To Nullify Obama's Gun Executive Actions  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has a plan to undo President Obama's executive actions on guns.  —  Paul plans to debut the proposal on Wednesday's edition of Hannity on Fox.  Details of the plan shared with TPM Wednesday show Paul plans …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rand Paul: Obama ‘arrogant and presumptuous’ about Israel
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 …
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.
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
Sari Horwitz / Post Politics:
NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’ against Obama … The National Rifle Association cast its opposition to Obama's plans as “the fight of the century” in a letter circulated at the 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known in the trade as “the SHOT show,” in Las Vegas.
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Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
On MLK holiday, walking for civil rights and the Second Amendment
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and NewsBusters
Washington Post:
NRA's lobbying bags big legislative wins in states over the past two decades
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Wealthy CEOs Want To Force Americans To Retire Later  —  The group argues that Social Security is no longer affordable and plans to lobby Congressional lawmakers and the administration for its plan: … CEO's representing an organization called “Fix the Debt” have made the same argument.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Agonist
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...
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP puts forward schedule to get budget done ahead of deadline  —  Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee have put forward a schedule for producing a budget resolution this year to committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).  —  The Senate has not passed a budget resolution since 2009 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Turn and National Review
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Liberals leap to Hollywood's defense  —  When lobbyists would come to my office on Capitol Hill, they would arrive bearing the same message.  —  “Congressman, we don't want any special favors.  All we want is a level playing field.”  —  They would then proceed to push for a bevy …
 
 
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Conservative group launching anti-Hagel ad campaign
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Recreational assault weapons fire riddles Ohio home, narrowly misses officer
Discussion: WEWS-TV
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Debt-ceiling economics and politics
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
Politico:
Gun control passion fuels 2016 hopefuls
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Michael Steen / Agence France Presse:
Bundesbank weighs bullion against public pressure
Discussion: Forbes, Via Meadia and National Review
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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Allen West says he's not running for House seat again in 2014
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Democratic Rep: Some Southern States ‘Have Cultures That We Have To Overcome’ To Enact New Gun Laws
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama turns to ‘team player’ McDonough as chief of staff
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
 

 
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