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10:05 AM ET, January 8, 2013


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USA Today:
Giffords and Kelly: Fighting gun violence  —  Our new campaign will launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — The children of Sandy Hook deserve our efforts to stop gun violence.  —  In response to a horrific series …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
The White House Just Set Gun Rights Activists Ablaze  —  Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported the gun violence task force led by Vice President Biden is considering gun legislation “far broader and more comprehensive...than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.”
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Washington Post
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Giffords launches new gun-control initiative
Discussion: CNN
New York Sun:
Hagel and the Jews  —  A friend and admirer of Senator Hagel called the other day to ask whether we'd ever met the nominee to be secretary of defense.  We expressed our regrets that we hadn't.  Our friend wanted us to know that Mr. Hagel does not dislike the Jews.
Discussion: Right Turn and BuzzFeed
CBS News:
Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel
Discussion: Right Wing News
Obama's Second Term: More (and More Presidential) Polarization
Discussion: First Read
Lee Enterprises / Lincoln Journal Star:
Exclusive: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama's CIA nominee to face tough questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’  —  President Obama's pick to head the CIA could face a rough road to confirmation in the Senate due to his involvement in the “enhanced interrogation” techniques of the George W. Bush administration.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
John Brennan, “Arabist”  —  By the standards of the Obama administration, John Brennan, its nominee for CIA director, will not be noteworthy for lack of warm feelings towards the State of Israel.  In a normal administration, though, he would stand out for this reason.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination | Glenn Greenwald
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Nomination of Secretary of Defense and CIA Director
Discussion: News Desk
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner  —  Americans give a lukewarm response to last week's agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, albeit with higher marks for the deal to President Obama than to House Speaker John Boehner.  —  More people in this ABC News/Washington Post poll approve …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans getting weak-kneed about debt ceiling fight
New York Times:
My Successor?  Mayor Ponders Dream Choices  —  It has been a bedrock assumption of this year's race for New York City mayor: Michael R. Bloomberg and the muscular political operation that guided him to three electoral victories will coalesce around his favored candidate, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker.
Al Baker / New York Times:
Teachers Irate as Bloomberg Likens Union to the N.R.A.
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Christine Quinn hits Bloomberg over remarks comparing teachers union to NRA
Discussion: Capital New York
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Bloomberg: Biden no ‘shrinking violet’ on gun control
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones  —  (CNN) — The man who wants Piers Morgan deported for advocating gun control faced off with the CNN host on Morgan's show Monday night, denouncing Morgan as “a hatchet man of the New World Order” and warning of a new American revolution.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Deport Piers Morgan’ Creator Flips Out On Morgan's Show: 1776 Will Commence Again If Guns Taken Away  —  Tonight Piers Morgan sat down with the creator of a White House petition to get him deported from the United States.  Alex Jones was fired up throughout the entire interview …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Fast-Food Worker Hours Cut, New Health Care Law Blamed  —  A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don't have to pay health benefits.  Around 100 local Wendy's workers have learned their hours are being cut.  A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:   Wendy's Franchise Cuts Employee Hours To Part-Time To Avoid Obamacare
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Most in U.S. Say Politics in Washington Cause Serious Harm  —  Slight majority optimistic that things will improve over next 10 years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than three-quarters of Americans (77%) say the way politics works in Washington these days is causing serious harm to the United States …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Mother Jones
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
'Don't ask, don't tell' dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD  —  In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy.
Discussion: ACLU
Windy City / Windy City Media Group:
Former gay servicemembers to get full separation pay
Discussion: Daily Kos, Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Rick Green / Capitol Watch:
State Rep. DebraLee Hovey to Gabby Giffords: Stay Out  —  State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, who represents Newtown and Monroe, posted this on her public FB page.  From Florida.  (Note: Hovey removed the post from her public Facebook page on Sunday afternoon).  —  Giffords visited local officials …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem lawmakers say courts should resolve debt-limit standoff  —  Democratic lawmakers are urging President Obama to force Republicans to take him to court over the controversial issue of raising the debt ceiling.  —  They believe the Supreme Court will have to ultimately resolve the battle …
Discussion: Hot Air
Score begins weekly editions for 2013—NRCC tweaks Dems on $1 trillion coin—McDonald taps McCleary for NYC mayoral campaign—Frank angles for Mass. Senate appointment—Corbett approval rating stays l  —  (; Twitter: @emilyrs) and (; Twitter: @jameshohmann)
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
McChrystal backs gun restrictions  —  Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed banning assault weapons on Tuesday, saying guns like the M4 and M16 belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets.  —  “I spent a career carrying typically either a M16 and later, a M4 carbine,” McChrystal said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
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Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Richard Cramer, Wrote of Presidential Race, Dies at 62
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Energy Department, EPA nominations may be on tap
Dave Zirin /
Notre Dame and Penn State: Two Rape Scandals, Only One Cry for Justice
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
New Jersey Senate President: Christie May Have ‘Prayed’ For Sandy To Come
Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog to Set Loan Rules
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Investor's Business Daily:
Hugo Chavez Hit By Cuba's Surgical Strike
Discussion: Power Line
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members
Peggy Fikac / Texas on the Potomac:
Rick Perry for president? Legislative session gives him chance to burnish credentials
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Lays Off Staffers Amid Restructuring
Denver Post:
James Holmes preliminary hearing: Witnesses told police shooter was “very calm”
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hagel the Kyoto-Slayer  —  So far most of the critical discussion …
Discussion: Right Turn and AEIdeas
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dick Cheney Apparently Didn't Mind The Term “Jewish Lobby”
Discussion: Weekly Standard