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4:00 PM ET, January 4, 2013


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Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Barney Frank: I want to be senator  —  Barney Frank, one day out of Congress, said on Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back as an interim senator when Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state.  —  “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn't interested,” Frank said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Barney Frank wants interim appointment to replace Kerry in Senate
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and Twitchy
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Barney Frank Would Welcome Interim Appointment To Fill Kerry's Senate Seat (VIDEO)
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gingrich warns Boehner could have ‘disaster on his hands’  —  Newt Gingrich warned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he risks losing control of his conference without a more coherant strategy.  —  “He can't keep thinking the way he's thought the last few months without having a disaster on his hands …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
David Axelrod: Boehner's ‘unruly children’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner to GOP: Public is behind us on spending, debt limit fight
Discussion: The Hill and Booman Tribune
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Too much leadership at the cliff
Discussion: Hit & Run and Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Club for Growth will punish members voting for Sandy flood aid  —  The conservative Club for Growth said Friday that it will punish House members who voted for a flood insurance measure aimed at helping pay for Hurricane Sandy's damage.  —  The Club will “key-vote” the measure, using it to compile an annual rating for each lawmaker.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy relief
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
No, a $1 Trillion Platinum Coin is Not Legal  —  For some reason, the possibility of evading the debt ceiling by minting a $1 trillion platinum coin is getting some blogospheric love again.  This is based on a 2000 revision to the U.S. statute on money and finance that reads:
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why We Must Go Off the Platinum Coin Cliff
Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi defends photoshopped picture of congresswomen  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site.  —  The photo showed four members who were not in the original picture …
Discussion: CNN
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Not Fazed by Photoshopped Pic of Dem Women
Discussion: Post Politics
New York Times:
Al Jazeera in America  —  Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network, has long wanted to gain a bigger American television audience, and it may have finally found a way to do that by buying Current TV.  But as the deal was being signed, Time Warner Cable announced it would immediately stop carrying Current …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
House rules aim to block controversial healthcare board's Medicare cuts  —  House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama's healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress.  —  The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress.
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
Hope and less change: Americans cringe at first paychecks of 2013; Stunned lib asks, ‘What happened?’  —  Happy New Year and happy payday!  Thank goodness our “lord and savior” Obama signed the fiscal cliff bill into law after proudly proclaiming, “Under this law, more than 98 percent …
Discussion: National Review
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Former NRA President Equates Gun Laws With Racism  —  Those looking for moderation and sensitivity in the gun control debate probably, by this point, know better than to look to the National Rifle Association.  —  But even by the standards of what we've heard from the NRA recently …
Hayley Peterson / Daily Mail:
Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal  —  Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Torie Bosch / Slate:
Leading Environmental Activist's Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs  —  Anti-Monsanto activists in Germany in 2009  —  If you fear genetically modified food, you may have Mark Lynas to thank.  By his own reckoning, British environmentalist helped spur the anti-GMO movement …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
How To Change Pop Culture's Reliance On Violence  —  When the Motion Picture Association of America on December 20 came out in support of President Obama's efforts on gun control in the wake of the Newtown, the organization simultaneously aligned itself with the productive side …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:
Angry at the NRA? That Won't Reduce Gun Violence
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Claims Hammers Could Be Outlawed Under Assault Weapons Ban  —  A Republican congressman lambasted the push for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, stating on Friday that if lawmakers wanted to ban assault weapons, they would have to outlaw “hammers” and “machetes” as well.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
Final Tally Shows Obama First Since '56 to Win 51% Twice  —  Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice.
David Weigel / Slate:
Eighty-Six Minutes of Joe Biden Being Incredible  —  I only spent a little time today watching Vice President Biden conduct ceremonial (read: photo-op) swearings-in for the 34 senators taking office today.  My mistake: As the viral video wizards quickly proved, it was a movie-length event …
Discussion: The Week and The Fix
Adrienne LaFrance / Washington Post:
Library of Congress has archive of tweets, but no plan for its public display  —  In the few minutes it will take you to read this story, some 3 million new tweets will have flitted across the publishing platform Twitter and ricocheted across the Internet.  The Library of Congress is busy archiving …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Obama to Pick Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense  —  Sources say the president will pick the combat vet and former Nebraska senator to succeed Leon Panetta next week.  —  After averting the fiscal cliff by reaching a deal with Republican leaders on New Year's Eve …
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Do alcohol and marijuana mix?  Colorado is about to find out  —  In the debate over what marijuana legalization means for Colorado, the best drug-policy brains in the nation say there is one question getting short shrift: If people can more easily toke, does that mean they will drink less?
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem  —  The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.  —  The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin …
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Jonathan Alter / Bloomberg:
Liberals Nip Obama as He Battles Republicans
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
Jon Lender / Hartford Courant:
Debate Begins Early Over Bill To Disclose State Handgun Owners' Names, Addresses
Discussion: and The Week
Steve Horwitz / Bleeding Heart Libertarians:
No Girls Allowed!  —  This morning Julie Borowski …
Discussion: EconLog and Consulting by RPM
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cornyn: ‘It may be necessary to partially shut down the government’
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
New Jersey's Cory Booker Problem
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Continues to Add Jobs at Slow Pace, Report Shows
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Return of the real Obama
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
Chief Justice Roberts to Preside at Obama Swearing-In
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Connecting.the.Dots
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
First Day of 113th Congress Brings More Women to Capitol