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9:10 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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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans May Offer Short-Term Extension of Borrowing Limit  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Gathered for a retreat to map out how to manage coming confrontations with President Obama and Congressional Democrats, often combative House Republicans seemed on Thursday to be looking for a quick way out of one imminent fight.
Washington Post:
House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: House GOP discussing short-term hike to debt ceiling
John Parkinson / Reuters:
Ryan: GOP Mulling Debt Limit Hike
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.
Discussion: Capital New York and msnbc.com
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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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
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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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.
Discussion: Politico
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Departing aide expects more assertive Obama in second term
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Joe Biden , Obama Gun Control, Obama Gun Violence, Biden Mayors, Biden Mayors Gun Control, World Elections In 2013, Gun Violence, Joe Biden Gun Control, Joe Biden Gun Violence, Politics News
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'
John Fund / National Review:
Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat
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 and Politico
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Brag They Won House Majority Because Of Gerrymandering  —  In a classic Kinsley gaffe, the Republican State Leadership Committee released a report boasting that the only reason the GOP controls the House of Representatives is because they gerrymandered congressional districts in blue states.
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
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Y'all come to Texas, state official tells New York gun owners  —  (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for New York gun owners: Come to Texas, and bring your guns with you.  —  “Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Fox renews Karl Rove contract through 2016  —  Fox News Channel is expected to announce shortly that Karl Rove has signed a multi-year deal to remain a Fox contributor through the 2016 election.  —  The contract assures the ratings-leader cable news network that it will retain …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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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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