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10:40 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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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.
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.
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: House GOP discussing short-term hike to debt ceiling
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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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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Are Split Over How to Shape Approach to Gun Bills  —  WASHINGTON — As Congressional Democrats shape their strategy for considering President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence, sharp divisions are forming between lawmakers who believe the best path to success is through narrowly written bills …
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
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
Discussion: Politico
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Departing aide expects more assertive Obama in second term
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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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.
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'
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
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
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters:
Sixty foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis  —  (Reuters) - About 60 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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?
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.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Recalling Pain of Guns' Toll, Mayors Urge Bills' Passage  —  WASHINGTON — Some mayors spoke about the bad feeling they got with each call that there had been another shooting in their city.  Others described the pain of burying police officers who had worked for them.
Discussion: msnbc.com
 
 
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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Pauline Phillips, Flinty Adviser to Millions as Dear Abby, Dies at 94
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Corporate Profits Have Grown By 171 Percent Under ‘Anti-Business’ Obama
Discussion: Bloomberg and Shakesville
Simon Johnson / Economix:
The Legacy of Timothy Geithner
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on #FastandFurious
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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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
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
McDonough to be Obama's next chief of staff
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Mark Sanford on Run for Congress, a Second Chance at Politics
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