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5:15 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Republican Debt Ceiling Gambit Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Post Politics
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Russell Berman / The Hill:   House GOP to vote next week on three-month increase to debt limit
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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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sister of Stephen Colbert to run for Rep. Tim Scott's seat
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Shawn Drury / St. Andrews, SC Patch:   EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is Running for Congress
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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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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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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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  —  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
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
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 …
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:
 
 
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Steve Contorno / Washington Examiner:
Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor
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Wall Street Journal:
Buying ‘Political Intelligence’ Can Pay Off Big for Wall Street
Discussion: Hot Air, Via Meadia and The BLT
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Rubio's New Foreign Policy Adviser Called For War With Iran
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Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Cole: Change ‘Offensive’ Redskins Moniker
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Biden to NRA: We 'don't have the time' to prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks
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NRA President Blames Obama For ‘Hundreds’ Of Death Threats
James Daly / Wired:
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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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Gin and Tacos:
FOR WANT OF A NAIL  —  (January 16, 2033.  A fire-lit cabin …
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