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11:00 AM ET, January 19, 2013

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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
A minority posture for House GOP  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - House Republicans appeared to be coming to grips with a stark realization as they returned to Washington from a three-day retreat here — they have a majority in name only.  —  The party begins the 113th Congress with reduced numbers …
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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.
Paul Krugman:
Not With A Bang But With A Whimper
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Agrees to Lift Debt Ceiling for 3 Months
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP debt-limit plan a ‘gimmick’
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama pushes gun control in address  —  President Obama on Saturday called on Congress to act on his gun-control proposals.  —  In his weekly address, the president said his administration has taken several steps this week to reduce gun violence.  But lawmakers on Capitol Hill need …
Discussion: CNN
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
OPINION: Gun control efforts now central to President Obama's legacy
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Twice as many favor more guns over banning guns to reduce crime
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Alabama's Clinic Escorts Protect Women From Anti-Abortion Protesters Singing ‘Happy Birthday Dead Baby’  —  As the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision approaches, anti-abortion fervor is reaching a fever pitch in some conservative areas.  At Alabama's Women Center …
Discussion: al.com and Alan Colmes'
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Amanda Marcotte / The Raw Story:
Rush Limbaugh Incites Violence Against Women Seeking Abortion  —  As everyone here reading knows, terrorism is a major concern for abortion providers.  Just the other night, I went to an event for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and one of the doctors speaking …
Neal Karlinsky / ABCNEWS:
Lance Armstrong May Have Lied to Winfrey: Investigators  —  Lance Armstrong may have lied to Oprah Winfrey during his so-called confession Thursday night about his doping during the Tour de France bicycle race, investigators told ABC News today.  —  Armstrong, 41, admitted …
Discussion: Gawker and SBNation.com
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
PolitiFact Concedes Their ‘Lie of the Year’ is the ‘Literal Truth’  —  Earlier today, I wrote a lengthy critique pointing out the inconvenient fact that PolitiFact's Lie of the Year — “The Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China” — turns out to be true.
Judy Shelton / Weekly Standard:
Money in Bad Faith  —  The depredations of the Fed.  —  The Federal Reserve is not your friend.  Whether you reside on Wall Street or Main Street, whether you are a borrower or a saver, whether you lean toward the Tea Party or the Occupy Wall Street movement—or whether you simply believe …
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Defeats Right Wing Millionaire In NY Senate Race … Progressive Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk has been elected to the New York State Senate over former Assemblyman George Amedore (R), after a successful court challenge led to the counting of 99 previously uncounted ballots from the November elections.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and New York News
New York Times:
Well-Trod Path: Political Donor to Ambassador  —  When President Obama hosted dozens of his top donors at the White House in late November for a celebratory post-election dinner of chicken and pumpkin pie, few in the room could claim to have done more to elect him than Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine.
Crimesider / Associated Press:
Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, indicted on 21 corruption charges  —  (AP) NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on charges that he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling …
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John Ingold / Denver Post:
Aurora theater shooting: Judge OKs effort to subpoena Fox News reporter Jana Winter  —  The judge overseeing the murder case against accused Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes has signed off on a defense effort to subpoena a New York-based Fox News reporter over a story the woman wrote.
Discussion: Mediaite
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The real surprise in the Fed's 2007 transcripts: How much they knew, how little they understood  —  In making sense of the newly released transcripts from the Federal Reserve's 2007 policy meetings, let's get one thing out of the way first.  Prediction is hard, as Yogi Berra said, especially when it's about the future.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Gallup and USA Today part ways  —  Gallup will no longer be conducting polls for USA Today, the two organizations announced Friday.  —  Both said the split, after 20 years of collaboration, was a mutual decision based on the changing media and polling landscape.
Todd J. Zywicki / Originals:
A Bit of Sarbanes-Oxley for Universities, Please  —  The impulse to impose Sarbanes-Oxley on universities is tempting.  Indeed, formal legal mandates on conflicts of interest and the other attributes of good governance might be even more appropriate for universities than for public corporations …
Discussion: Dean's World
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
US confirms one American hostage killed in Algeria attack  —  State department declines to say how many hostages are still being held but insists US does not negotiate with terrorists  —  US officials have confirmed the death of at least one American and said others are still being held hostage …
Discussion: Infowars
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Conservative group blasts Schumer for supporting Hagel  —  The conservative American Future Fund group is questioning Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) decision to back former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of Defense.  —  The group, which launched a media campaign earlier in the week …
Discussion: CNN
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Michael Volpe / Front Page Magazine:
Former Dem Senator Praises Hagel Pick on Iranian State TV
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Convening Authority for Military Commissions …
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