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10:30 PM ET, January 17, 2013

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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 …
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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.
John Parkinson / Reuters:
Ryan: GOP Mulling Debt Limit Hike
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Politico:
House GOP seeks to make friends
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
John Fund / National Review:
Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat  —  Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers.  Obama himself said the need was urgent because …
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Carney: White House to pursue separate gun control bills in Congress
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
No Votes Disguise Yes Sympathies for Some in G.O.P.  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — House Republicans have their Tea Party Caucus.  They have their G.O.P. Doctors Caucus.  And, joining the list of varied special interest caucuses, they recently picked up another influential but much more unofficial group — the Vote No/Hope Yes Caucus.
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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.
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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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Some hostages are reported killed in Algerian operation
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: US kidnappings in Algeria an act of terror
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Moderate Voice
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 …
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Matthew Stolle / Post Bulletin:
Franken undecided on assault weapons ban
John H. Hinderaker / National Review:
Obama's Unserious Gun Proposals
Melissa Hayes / The Political State:
Christie calls NRA ad criticizing Obama daughters' security ‘reprehensible’  —  Governor Christie called the National Rifle Association's ad criticizing President Obama's daughters' security detail “reprehensible.”  —  “I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” he said.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
McDonough to be Obama's next chief of staff  —  President Obama is expected to name deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, one of his closest confidants who served in his Senate and campaign offices, as his new chief of staff, associates said.  —  Administration officials cautioned that Obama has not made a final decision.
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Jim Hoffer / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement  —  new york city, albany, gun control, new york news, jim hoffer  —  More: Bio, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Stories by Jim Hoffer, News Team  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — A troubling oversight has been found within New York State's sweeping new gun laws.
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public lowers expectations heading into Obama's 2nd term  —  As President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term next week, he finds himself with a job-approval rating above 50 percent and with majorities supporting his general direction on gun control and immigration …
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Biden Getting an Autobiography From The Onion (Whether He Wants It or Not)  —  “Hombre, you've just done Uncle Joe a real solid buying this book,” begins the foreword to a new autobiography attributed to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “I ain't the kind of guy who forgets his debts.
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
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Nullify ‘king’ Obama  —  Sen. Rand Paul is pledging to undo some of President Barack Obama's executive orders on guns that the Kentucky Republican believes overreach.  —  “In this bill we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation,” Rand said Wednesday on Fox's …
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.
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.
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
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Criminal Charges Against Aaron Swartz (Part 2: Prosecutorial Discretion)  —  This is the second in a series of posts on the Aaron Swartz prosecution.  In my first post, I analyzed whether the charges that were brought against Swartz were justified as a matter of law.
 
 
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Rhode Island House Committee Will Vote On Marriage Equality On Tuesday
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BuzzFeed:
19 People Attending Obama's Inauguration Just To See Beyonce
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Buster Wilson Warns Obama Might Confiscate Guns of Anti-Gay Activists
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Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term
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CNN:
Obama campaign arm begins gun control push
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Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
As manufacturing bounces back from recession, unions are left behind
Discussion: Daily Kos, Wonkblog and msnbc.com
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Recreational assault weapons fire riddles Ohio home, narrowly misses officer
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