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3:35 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.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Agrees to Lift Debt Ceiling for 3 Months
Discussion: msnbc.com
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
Washington Post:
House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection
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 …
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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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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Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
TSA ends contract with Rapiscan, maker of full-body scanner
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
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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Politico:
FishbowlDC sued for libel  —  Washington, D.C.-based publicist Wendy Gordon is suing FishbowlDC, the local media gossip site, for waging “an unprovoked, online smear campaign” against her.  —  Gordon filed a libel lawsuit on Thursday, the Legal Times reported, and it names FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
D.C. Media News Website Sued for Libel
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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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Is Lance Armstrong the world's biggest liar?
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
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 …
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
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
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.
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:
GOProud, Inc.:
GOProud Statement on Marriage and Relationship Recognition  —  Statement of the GOProud Board of Directors  —  (Washington, D.C.) - On Saturday January 12th, the GOProud Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C. and adopted the following resolution regarding the issue of marriage and relationship recognition:
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Backs Civil Marriage For Gay Couples
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
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.
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.
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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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
State Dept: Americans Still Hostage in Algeria
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Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Buying ‘Political Intelligence’ Can Pay Off Big for Wall Street
Discussion: Via Meadia and The BLT
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Rubio's New Foreign Policy Adviser Called For War With Iran
Discussion: Alan Colmes' and ABCNEWS
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Cole: Change ‘Offensive’ Redskins Moniker
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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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
Daily Mail:
‘Battalion of Blood’ gunmen had one aim... to ‘kill infidels and Christians’: American …
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CNN:
White House releases new presidential portrait
Gin and Tacos:
FOR WANT OF A NAIL  —  (January 16, 2033.  A fire-lit cabin …
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John Avlon / CNN:
GOP's surprising edge on diversity
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