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7:55 PM ET, January 18, 2013

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Joe Holley / Houston Chronicle:
Cornyn: Congress will not allow default  —  Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, said in Houston Thursday that Congress will not allow an impasse over raising the debt ceiling to result in the federal government defaulting on its spending obligations.  —  “We will raise the debt ceiling.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Republican Debt Ceiling Gambit Is Unconstitutional  —  House Republicans are backing away from their threat to plunge the United States into a catastrophic budget default and will instead pursue the somewhat less reckless strategy of passing a three-month increase in the debt limit.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Agrees to Lift Debt Ceiling for 3 Months  —  WASHINGTON — Backing down from their hard-line stance, House Republicans said Friday that they would agree to lift the federal government's statutory borrowing limit for three months, with a requirement that both chambers of Congress pass …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A new strategy for the GOP  —  It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are suffering an internal split that President Obama is successfully exploiting to neuter the Republican House.  It is not true, however, that the Republican split is philosophical and fundamental.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months  —  Video: President Obama said today in a White House press conference that he won't negotiate with Republicans on the federal debt ceiling.  Post economic policy reporter Zachary Goldfarb stops by to explain which bills …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest  —  Big news.  Eric Cantor has just made it official: The GOP leadership is prepared to agree to a three month debt ceiling hike.  This is a major de-escalation of the crazy and effectively means Republicans have all but taken the threat of default off the table completely.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP debt-limit plan a ‘gimmick’
Discussion: Politico
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Stephen Colbert's sister will run for Congress  —  Stephen Colbert may have “run for president,” but his sister is actually going to run for Congress.  —  Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's soon-to-be-official campaign has informed South Carolina Democratic Party executive director Amanda Loveday …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sister of Stephen Colbert to run for Rep. Tim Scott's seat
Discussion: CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:   No joke: A Colbert running for House
Shawn Drury / St. Andrews, SC Patch:   EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is Running for Congress
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Stephen Colbert's Sister To Run For Tim Scott's House Seat
Discussion: Jezebel
Daniel W. Drezner:
How the current GOP thinks like revolutionaries — and why that's a bad thing  —  In an exit interview with the Wall Street Journal, outgoing U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said some provocative things about the state of America's political system and how that affects our standing in the world.
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Michael Volpe / Front Page Magazine:
Former Dem Senator Praises Hagel Pick on Iranian State TV
Discussion: Power Line
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Conservative group blasts Schumer for supporting Hagel
Discussion: CNN
Gordon Russell / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Ray Nagin indictment: First New Orleans mayor to face corruption charges  —  A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and used his power as mayor …
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Gordon Russell / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, charged with taking bribes while in office
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Indicted On 21 Corruption Charges, Including Bribery, Fraud
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
New Study Highlights Threat From Far Right-Wing Groups In U.S.  —  A new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes …
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Neal Karlinsky / ABCNEWS:
Lance Armstrong May Have Lied to Winfrey: Investigators  —  Lance Armstrong may have lied to Oprah Winfrey during his so-called confession Thursday night about his doping during the Tour de France bicycle race, investigators told ABC News today.  —  Armstrong, 41, admitted …
Discussion: SBNation.com
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Is Lance Armstrong the world's biggest liar?
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
Jeff Plungis / Bloomberg:
Naked-Image Scanners to Be Removed From U.S. Airports  —  The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn't write software to make passenger images less revealing.
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Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
TSA ends contract with Rapiscan, maker of full-body scanner
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
US confirms one American hostage killed in Algeria attack  —  State department declines to say how many hostages are still being held but insists US does not negotiate with terrorists  —  US officials have confirmed the death of at least one American and said others are still being held hostage …
Discussion: Infowars
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Edge Toward The Mainstream  —  “By far the hottest topic of the moment.”  Ignore it and it won't go away.  —  There are two kinds of conspiracy theories: The ones about the Illuminati and about mysterious “chemtrails,” which lurk forever in the online twilight zone …
Tevi Troy / Washington Post:
Five myths about this year's flu  —  Tevi Troy is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy secretary of health and human services.  —  The rapid onset of the flu season this year has led to illness, absenteeism, hospitalizations and, tragically, death.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
NRA President Blames Obama For ‘Hundreds’ Of Death Threats … On a right-wing talk show on Thursday, David Keene, the president of the National Rifle Association, blamed President Obama and the left for what he says have been hundreds of death threats made against him and his family.
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Whoops: PolitiFact's ‘Lie of the Year’ Turns Out to Be True  —  Last month, PolitiFact selected its “Lie of the Year.”  Given PolitiFact's dubious record of singling out Republicans for lying far more often than Democrats, you probably could have guessed the winner of this particular sweepstakes was a Mitt Romney campaign ad:
Discussion: Reuters
Mike Farrell / Broadcasting & Cable:
Time Warner Cable Bans Gun Ads  —  Company-wide initiative comes weeks after Sandy Hook tragedy  —  Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Next Four Years  —  President Obama's second inaugural comes at an interesting moment, what you might call the end of the era of the Grand Bargain.  Throughout his first term, Democrats and Republicans didn't achieve a Grand Bargain on spending and taxes, but there was a sense that history was moving in that direction.
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Speaking for My Tribe
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes ‘gun map’
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways
Discussion: Politico
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom's Mega Opens For Early-Access Users, Reveals Pricing Tiers, Roadmap With Mobile Access …
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Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Cole: Change ‘Offensive’ Redskins Moniker
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
The Education of Ezra Klein (and Barack Obama) continues …
James Daly / Wired:
Read a Lawyer's Amazingly Detailed Analysis of Bilbo's Contract in The Hobbit
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Seeking to harness Obama's campaign resources for a second term
 

 
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