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6:30 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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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.
Discussion: Post Politics and The Maddow Blog
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.
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 …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months  —  Video: President Obama said today in a White House press conference that he won't negotiate with Republicans on the federal debt ceiling.  Post economic policy reporter Zachary Goldfarb stops by to explain which bills …
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
GOP De-Escalates Debt Limit Fight
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP to vote next week on three-month increase to debt limit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:   No joke: A Colbert running for House
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sister of Stephen Colbert to run for Rep. Tim Scott's seat
Discussion: CNN
Shawn Drury / St. Andrews, SC Patch:   EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is Running for Congress
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Stephen Colbert's Sister To Run For Tim Scott's House Seat
Discussion: Jezebel
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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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Politico and The Raw Story
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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.
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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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Ernest Istook / BREITBART.COM:
NRA PRESIDENT: DEATH THREATS AGAINST ORG REFLECT OBAMA'S TACTICS
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
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:
Discussion: Reuters
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Is Lance Armstrong the world's biggest liar?  —  “[This was] one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.”  —  It is fair to say that in more than three decades of reporting, The Fact Checker has never written a sports story.  But The Fact Checker has written a lot about people who stretch the truth …
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
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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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Conservative group blasts Schumer for supporting Hagel
Discussion: CNN
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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Tevi Troy / Washington Post:
Five myths about this year's flu
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom's Mega Opens For Early-Access Users, Reveals Pricing Tiers, Roadmap With Mobile Access …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Verge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Jobs Council hasn't met in a year
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Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Federal court of appeals upholds Walker's Act 10 union law
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Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Cole: Change ‘Offensive’ Redskins Moniker
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
The Education of Ezra Klein (and Barack Obama) continues …