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8:30 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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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.
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Not With A Bang But With A Whimper
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP debt-limit plan a ‘gimmick’
Discussion: Politico
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months
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  —  As President Obama is inaugurated for a second time, the biggest political surprise is that gun control is now key to his political legacy.  —  Despite the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
Randy Hall / NewsBusters:
Poll Shows NRA More Popular Than President Obama; As Usual, Media Ignore
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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 …
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.
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Whoops: PolitiFact's ‘Lie of the Year’ Turns Out to Be True
Discussion: NewsBusters and Reuters
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
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
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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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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Twice as many favor more guns over banning guns to reduce crime  —  Nearly twice as many voters say there would be less violent crime if more law-abiding Americans owned guns, than if guns were banned.  —  In addition, while American voters generally favor strengthening gun laws …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
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, Reuters and St. Andrews, SC Patch
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
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Law School Enrollments are Plummeting.  What Happens Next?  —  A whole lot of changes ahead  —  “I couldn't do this if I didn't have tenure.”  —  That's what law professor Paul Campos told me, sitting at a table in Brasserie Beck after a Cato panel on law schools.
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.
Discussion: Guardian and American Power
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.
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Journal News removes ‘gun map’
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