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2:56 AM ET, January 18, 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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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans May Offer Short-Term Extension of Borrowing Limit  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Gathered for a retreat to map out how to manage coming confrontations with President Obama and Congressional Democrats, often combative House Republicans seemed on Thursday to be looking for a quick way out of one imminent fight.
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
Politico:
House GOP seeks to make friends
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, The Hill and Hullabaloo
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.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For 'Dragging People's Children' Into Gun Control Debate  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the National Rifle Association's latest ad in which they accuse President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for sending his children to a school where they are protected by armed guards.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Joe Biden , Obama Gun Control, Obama Gun Violence, Biden Mayors, Biden Mayors Gun Control, World Elections In 2013, Gun Violence, Joe Biden Gun Control, Joe Biden Gun Violence, Politics News
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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
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
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term
Discussion: The Fix and Prairie Weather
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.
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Some hostages are reported killed in Algerian operation  —  View Photo Gallery — This undated handout picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on Jan. 17, 2013 shows vehicles parked at the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border.  Click through for more photos from the Mali intervention.
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Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: US kidnappings in Algeria an act of terror
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Moderate Voice
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters:
Six hostages, 8 kidnappers killed in Algeria siege; 7 still held
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.
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Obama Team to Form Agenda Group  —  In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama's vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president's second-term agenda.
Discussion: Politico
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I Have No Words  —  I'm not going to characterize this or say anything about it.  But I had to share it with you.  From TPM Reader PH ...
Discussion: Eschaton and CANNONFIRE
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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John H. Hinderaker / National Review:
Obama's Unserious Gun Proposals
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.
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
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on #FastandFurious  —  Cuz, how would it look now that bronco bama is busy with trying to circumvent the 2nd Amendment? … Does.not.fit.the.gun.grab.narrative.  —  It's ironic that one of bronco bama's executive orders states …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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 …
 
 
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Brendan O'Neill / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Obama's use of wide-eyed children to promote his gun-control proposals shows just how infantile …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
McDonough to be Obama's next chief of staff
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Mark Sanford on Run for Congress, a Second Chance at Politics
New York Times:
Lhota Joins Mayoral Race, and Stands Out
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rhode Island House Committee Will Vote On Marriage Equality On Tuesday
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Blair Bowie / Demos:
BILLION-DOLLAR DEMOCRACY: THE UNPRECEDENTED ROLE OF MONEY IN THE 2012 ELECTIONS
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58% Plan to Watch At Least Some of Obama Inauguration Live
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Wall Street Journal Deeply Concerned About the Fate of Rich Single Moms
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