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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP debt-limit plan a ‘gimmick’
Discussion: Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote
Discussion: Slate and Washington Monthly
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months
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
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
PolitiFact Concedes Their ‘Lie of the Year’ is the ‘Literal Truth’  —  Earlier today, I wrote a lengthy critique pointing out the inconvenient fact that PolitiFact's Lie of the Year — “The Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China” — turns out to be true.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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:
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.
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Randy Hall / NewsBusters:
Poll Shows NRA More Popular Than President Obama; As Usual, Media Ignore
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Fix
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 and St. Andrews, SC Patch
Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:   No joke: A Colbert running for House
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks Now Totally Pathological
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Fitzgerald / Associated Press:
NY NEWSPAPER REMOVES HANDGUN PERMIT HOLDER DATA  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York newspaper that outraged gun owners by posting the names and addresses of residents with handgun permits removed the information from its website Friday.  —  The Journal News took down the data …
Discussion: National Review and Newsday
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes ‘gun map’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Poynter
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Conservative group blasts Schumer for supporting Hagel
Discussion: CNN
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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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
Amanda Marcotte / The Raw Story:
Rush Limbaugh Incites Violence Against Women Seeking Abortion  —  As everyone here reading knows, terrorism is a major concern for abortion providers.  Just the other night, I went to an event for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and one of the doctors speaking …
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Aurora theater shooting: Judge OKs effort to subpoena Fox News reporter Jana Winter  —  The judge overseeing the murder case against accused Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes has signed off on a defense effort to subpoena a New York-based Fox News reporter over a story the woman wrote.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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.
Reuters:
One American dead in Algeria hostage crisis  —  U.S. officials confirmed Friday that one American has died in the hostage standoff at the Algerian natural gas field, The Associated Press reported, though reliable details about the terror attack there remained elusive.
Discussion: Daily Mail, Weasel Zippers and Politico
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
US confirms one American hostage killed in Algeria attack
Discussion: Infowars
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 …
lauraingraham.com:
Shut Up & Blog  —  Sen. Rand Paul slams Christie for NRA comments, Sandy aid  —  Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a wide-ranging interview, during which he attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his criticism of the NRA and his grandstanding on Sandy aid …
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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Twice as many favor more guns over banning guns to reduce crime  —  Nearly twice as many voters say there would be less violent crime if more law-abiding Americans owned guns, than if guns were banned.  —  In addition, while American voters generally favor strengthening gun laws …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Speaking for My Tribe
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor
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The Education of Ezra Klein (and Barack Obama) continues …
 

 
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