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2:50 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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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.
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.
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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First Read:
First Thoughts: Different attitude greeting Obama's upcoming inaugural  —  A different attitude to greet Obama's 2nd inauguration, per new NBC/WSJ poll... “Cope” instead of “hope”... But Obama remains popular in poll... The same isn't true of the GOP, Congress... Majority supports broad principle …
Politico:
Obama unveils ‘Organizing for Action’  —  President Barack Obama on Friday announced the relaunch of his remaining campaign apparatus as a new tax-exempt group called Organizing for Action that will “play an active role” in “mobilizing around and speaking out in support of important legislation” during his second term.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
‘Obama for America’ to morph into ‘Organizing for Action’
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
GOP De-Escalates Debt Limit Fight  —  The jig is up.  Republicans are going to increase the debt limit.  Probably for free.  —  And in the end, their change of heart took about two weeks.  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who on January 4 warned that Republicans might force the country past the debt limit …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:   House GOP to vote next week on three-month increase to debt limit
Washington Post:
House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection
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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Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
TSA ends contract with Rapiscan, maker of full-body scanner  —  A TSA agent demonstrates the full-body scanner at Los Angeles International Airport.  (Los Angeles Times)  —  The Transportation Security Administration has ended a contract with the Hawthorne-based manufacturer …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
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Jeff Plungis / Bloomberg:
Naked-Image Scanners to Be Removed From U.S. Airports
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and The Raw Story
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 then Democrats, you probably could have guessed the winner of this particular sweepstakes was a Mitt Romney campaign ad:
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
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 …
Discussion: snopes.com, The Week and Glenn Beck
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
The Education of Ezra Klein (and Barack Obama) continues: In 2007, Young Ezra Klein was full of enthusiasm about the cost-saving potential of electronic record keeping in the health industry.  The failure to rapidly adopt this new technology was nothing less than an indictment of the American way of Medicine:
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 R. MacArthur / Harper's:
Google's Media Barons … I had to cheer when I read the news the other week about a French company that's selling an ad-blocking service on the Internet.  Xavier Niel, the entrepreneurial owner of the web-service provider Free, is threatening to smash the advertiser-supported “free-content” model.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Rubio's New Foreign Policy Adviser Called For War With Iran  —  The Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday that Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) will name Foreign Policy Initiative executive director Jamie Fly his new top foreign policy and national security adviser.  —  Rubio — considered …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' and ABCNEWS
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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
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.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Cole: Change ‘Offensive’ Redskins Moniker  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — One of only two Native American members of Congress said that the Washington Redskins should change its team name because it is racially offensive to the minority group.  —  Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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: Paul Krugman, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
 
 
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New York Times:
Poll Shows School Shooting Sways Views on Guns
Discussion: JustOneMinute, The Fix and The Caucus
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Biden to NRA: We 'don't have the time' to prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
The Power Of The Prosecutor
Jill Lawrence / NationalJournal.com:
Second-Term Exodus Leaves Zero Hispanics in Cabinet, Few on Dems' Bench
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
James Daly / Wired:
Read a Lawyer's Amazingly Detailed Analysis of Bilbo's Contract in The Hobbit
Discussion: The Verge and io9
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
In England, Piers Morgan joked about shooting rivals, said homeowners who kill burglars should not be prosecuted
John J. Monahan / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Murray will not run for governor
Discussion: Post Politics
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HOLDER BEGS COURT TO STOP DOCUMENT RELEASE ON FAST AND FURIOUS
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Daily Mail:
‘Battalion of Blood’ gunmen had one aim... to ‘kill infidels and Christians’: American …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jihad Watch
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Backs Civil Marriage For Gay Couples
Discussion: GOProud, Inc. and Joe. My. God.
CNN:
White House releases new presidential portrait
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California lawmaker: Guns are ‘essential to living the way God intended’
Gin and Tacos:
FOR WANT OF A NAIL  —  (January 16, 2033.  A fire-lit cabin …
John Avlon / CNN:
GOP's surprising edge on diversity
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Are Split Over How to Shape Approach to Gun Bills
Discussion: Capital New York and Daily Kos
 

 
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