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9:55 PM ET, January 5, 2013


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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republican Congressman Insults Nancy Pelosi's Appearance: 'There's No Facelift With John Boehner'  —  An outspoken Republican congressman castigated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's looks during a radio interview Friday.  —  Speaking with guest host Larry O'Connor on the Dennis Miller Show …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Conservatives gone wild  —  Mindless slaps at the speaker  —  The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
John Boehner Meets Two New Gay Congressional Spouses
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Gothamist
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner absolves GOP defectors, seeks to reassert his command
Discussion: The Hill and DownWithTyranny!
Wall Street Journal:
Have We Lost the War on Drugs?  —  After more than four decades of a failed experiment, the human cost has become too high.  It is time to consider the decriminalization of drug use and the drug market.  —  President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Ex-Officer Is First in C.I.A. to Face Prison for a Leak  —  WASHINGTON — Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better.  But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and “help us with a case,” he did not hesitate.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Hagel: War for Oil  —  In a post yesterday waxing enthusiastic about Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, Michael Moore called attention to a statement of Hagel that I don't believe had been previously much noted.  Here it is, from September 2007: … This rounds out a Hagelian worldview …
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:   Six Years Ago, Chuck Hagel Told the Truth About Iraq
Los Angeles Times:
Obama likely to nominate Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary
Discussion: The Back Channel
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
In Reversal, Armstrong Is Said to Weigh Admitting Drug Use  —  Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting …
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Don't call it gun control, says Democrats' point person on the issue  —  (CNN) - The Californian picked to lead congressional Democrats' efforts on gun control says the positions held by some gun rights advocates are unnecessarily divisive, and that government action should go beyond simply outlawing certain weapons.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Joe Manchin: Say... about that gun grabbing thing...  I actually owe Jim Geraghty and his indispensable Morning Jolt newsletter a big hat tip for this story, though we wrote about the roots of it multiple times here.  In any event, astute readers will recall the response of long …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Pregnancy Centers Gain Influence in Anti-Abortion Arena  —  WACO, Tex. — With free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, along with diapers, parenting classes and even temporary housing, pregnancy centers are playing an increasingly influential role in the anti-abortion movement.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gun Show Held Near Sandy Hook Outrages Residents  —  Connecticut residents are outraged that a gun show will take place this weekend just 40 miles from Newtown, where 26 people were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School just weeks ago.  The East Coast Firearms Show is being advertised as the …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Lawmaker To Introduce Bill Arming Teachers, Despite Opposition From School Officials  —  An Alabama lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to arm teachers and principals next week, despite the opposition of school administrators.  State Rep. Kerry Rich's (R) proposal would …
The Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep.: Debt-ceiling blank check is like Emancipation Proclamation [VIDEO]  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis told The Daily Caller that President Obama should have the power to raise the nation's debt ceiling without congressional approval …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Online NewsHour
Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder  —  Police investigate a home invasion in Walton County  —  LOGANVILLE, Ga. —  A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.  —  The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
GUNS: Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sarah Armaghan / Newsday:
Journal News gun permit map endangers officers, officials say  —  Criticism of The Journal News, which published a gun permit database last month, broadened Friday with Rockland law enforcement officials saying the map listing the names and addresses of those with gun permits is endangering lives.
Fox News:
Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings
Discussion: The Hill, Chicago Boyz and Daily Kos
Arab News:
OIC slams French caricature of Prophet
Eli Stokols /
Lamborn votes against $9.7 billion Sandy relief package
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
The Constitutionalist  —  Robert H. Bork, we all know, didn't sit on the Supreme Court.
Tom Bawden / The Independent:
New twist in stricken rig saga: Shell was moving it to avoid tax
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
More Guns = More Killing  —  IN the wake of the tragic shooting deaths …
Honduras investigates Bogota embassy Christmas party
Discussion: PoliBlog
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Al Arabiya / English:
Muslim Brotherhood took ‘billions’ from Obama: Egypt lawyers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robert Costa / National Review:
Inside #FireBoehner  —  It all started, as things tend to these days, on Twitter.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
The state of macroeconomics: it all went wrong in 1958
Discussion: Mother Jones
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
What a Car Bomb in Iraq Means for the Civil War in Syria
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Scare Amplifies Fears That Clinton's Work Has Taken Heavy Toll
Discussion: Gothamist, Althouse and Politico