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11:20 AM 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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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.
Washington Post:
House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rank and file tell GOP leaders to keep sequester, shutdown ‘on the table’
Discussion: Hot Air
Politico:
Up next for Obama: A looming Democratic divide  —  As President Barack Obama approaches his second inaugural on Monday, he presides over a party that has largely papered over its divisions for the past four years thanks to the president's commanding popularity.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:   Democrats Are Split Over How to Shape Approach to Gun Bills
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Seeking to harness Obama's campaign resources for a second term  —  An ambitious new political organization is being built out of the machine that propelled him back into office, with the hope of supporting his policy objectives.  —  President Obama's reelection campaign is reinventing itself …
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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.
CNN:   White House releases new presidential portrait
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Departing aide expects more assertive Obama in second term
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Brent Schrotenboer / Associated Press:
Lance Armstrong to Oprah: Story was ‘one big lie’ … Saying his “mythic, perfect story” was “one big lie,” Lance Armstrong admitted that he cheated during most of his famed cycling career and that he bullied people who dared to tell the truth about it.  —  After denying doping allegations …
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John Avlon / CNN:
GOP's surprising edge on diversity  —  Editor's note: John Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is co-editor of the book “Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.”  He is a regular contributor to “Erin Burnett OutFront” …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie: NRA Ad Mentioning Obama's Daughters ‘Reprehensible’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Business Insider
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Call for Term Limits, End to Electoral College  —  Virtually no partisan disagreement on these long-discussed constitutional reforms  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Alan Colmes'
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Dwindling Deficit  —  It's hard to turn on your TV or read an editorial page these days without encountering someone declaring, with an air of great seriousness, that excessive spending and the resulting budget deficit is our biggest problem.  Such declarations are rarely accompanied …
Discussion: Hot Air, Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Backs Civil Marriage For Gay Couples  —  The gay conservative group had avoided taking a position on the issue in the past.  LaSalvia cites a need for “a truly conservative voice” to stand up for marriage equality.  —  GOProud's party at the 2012 Republican National Convention …
Discussion: GOProud, Inc. and Joe. My. God.
David Weigel / Slate:
What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The press is bristling a bit at its access to the House Republican retreat.  First problem: There isn't really any access.  Not until a 1 p.m. press event.  Reporters are sequestered in a golf clubhouse …
Gin and Tacos:
FOR WANT OF A NAIL  —  (January 16, 2033.  A fire-lit cabin in the hills of Brezhnev City, Stalinton - formerly Boise, Idaho.  A man sitting on a shattered milk crate looks older than his 53 years.  His rumpled, malnourished grandson sits at his feet.)  —  “Grandpa?
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.
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: Infowars and protein wisdom
 
 
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
California Budget Hurt by Facebook's Stock-Price Slump
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California lawmaker: Guns are ‘essential to living the way God intended’
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters:
Sixty foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Pauline Phillips, Flinty Adviser to Millions as Dear Abby, Dies at 94
Discussion: The Lede, TMZ.com and New York Magazine
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Corporate Profits Have Grown By 171 Percent Under ‘Anti-Business’ Obama
Discussion: Bloomberg and Shakesville
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Recalling Pain of Guns' Toll, Mayors Urge Bills' Passage
Discussion: msnbc.com
Simon Johnson / Economix:
The Legacy of Timothy Geithner
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite, Politico and Townhall.com
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
McDonough to be Obama's next chief of staff
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Lhota Joins Mayoral Race, and Stands Out
 

 
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