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2:45 AM ET, January 19, 2013

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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.
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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest  —  Big news.  Eric Cantor has just made it official: The GOP leadership is prepared to agree to a three month debt ceiling hike.  This is a major de-escalation of the crazy and effectively means Republicans have all but taken the threat of default off the table completely.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP debt-limit plan a ‘gimmick’
Discussion: Politico
Joe Holley / Houston Chronicle:
Cornyn: Congress will not allow default
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote
Discussion: Slate and Washington Monthly
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A new strategy for the GOP  —  It has become conventional wisdom …
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
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Is Lance Armstrong the world's biggest liar?
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Whoops: PolitiFact's ‘Lie of the Year’ Turns Out to Be True
Discussion: Reuters and NewsBusters
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 …
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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'
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 St. Andrews, SC Patch
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Stephen Colbert's Sister To Run For Tim Scott's House Seat
Discussion: Jezebel
Alex Isenstadt / Reuters:   No joke: A Colbert running for House
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks Now Totally Pathological
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.
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Randy Hall / NewsBusters:
Poll Shows NRA More Popular Than President Obama; As Usual, Media Ignore
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Fix
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.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Conservative group blasts Schumer for supporting Hagel
Discussion: CNN
Michael Volpe / Front Page Magazine:
Former Dem Senator Praises Hagel Pick on Iranian State TV
Discussion: Power Line
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
Reuters:
One American dead in Algeria hostage crisis  —  U.S. officials confirmed Friday that one American has died in the hostage standoff at the Algerian natural gas field, The Associated Press reported, though reliable details about the terror attack there remained elusive.
Discussion: Daily Mail, Weasel Zippers and Politico
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
US confirms one American hostage killed in Algeria attack
Discussion: Infowars
defense.gov:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Convening Authority for Military Commissions Declines to Withdraw Conspiracy Charge Against Alleged 9/11 Co-Conspirators Pending Appellate Ruling  —  The Department of Defense announced today that the convening authority for military commissions declined to withdraw …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Mike Farrell / Broadcasting & Cable:
Time Warner Cable Bans Gun Ads  —  Company-wide initiative comes weeks after Sandy Hook tragedy  —  Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.
Timothy Dionisopoulos / Campus Reform:
[WATCH] Actor Danny Glover tells students 2nd Amendment was created to protect slavery  —  The Constitution's Second Amendment was created to bolster slavery and capture land from Native Americans, award winning actor Danny Glover told a group of students at a Texas A&M sponsored event on Thursday.
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Newsweek revels in Obama cultism with creepy ‘second coming’ Inauguration cover  —  First the angel Obama-el got his gay-lo from Newsweek, and now, in the creepy 2013 Inauguration issue, he's the second coming.  —  Framing President Obama as our lord and savior isn't surprising.
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.
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 …
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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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Opera Ice: New browser for Android and iPhone coming February uses WebKit (video)
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes ‘gun map’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Poynter
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom's Mega Opens For Early-Access Users, Reveals Pricing Tiers, Roadmap With Mobile Access …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Verge
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
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
The Education of Ezra Klein (and Barack Obama) continues …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Washington Examiner
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Edge Toward The Mainstream
Discussion: Hullabaloo, snopes.com and The Week