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11:50 AM ET, January 12, 2013


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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
David Gregory will not be prosecuted  —  Just released by D.C. Attorney General there will be no prosecution of David Gregory despite a finding that there was a clear violation of the law (emphasis mine): … D.C. Attorney General Letter Declining to Prosecute David Gregory
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
No gun magazine charges for David Gregory  —  NBC's David Gregory is off the hook for showing a high-capacity gun magazine on “Meet the Press” and will not be prosecuted, D.C.'s attorney general announced on Friday.  —  D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline …
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
NBC's Gregory won't be charged for displaying ammunition clip on TV  —  The D.C. attorney general on Friday declined to charge the host of NBC's “Meet the Press” for displaying an empty ammunition magazine on national television, saying that doing so would not make the District safer.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
David Gregory and wife knew D.C. Attorney General  —  District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC's claims …
Discussion: Althouse, EconLog and Washington Times
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
David Gregory gets off scot free
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Dems urge Obama to raise debt limit without Congress, if necessary  —  Senate Democratic leaders urged President Barack Obama to act to increase the nation's debt limit, even without congressional approval, in order to avoid a standoff with Republicans over the nation's borrowing authority.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler / Economy & Budget:
The debt ceiling must go
Anne Cai / MIT's Student Newspaper:
Aaron Swartz commits suicide  —  Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech.  Swartz was 26.  —  “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” …
Brian Thompson /
Lautenberg Has Decided Not to Run Again: Sources  —  The news comes the same week that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has filed papers allowing him to raise money for a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey.  News 4 s Brian Thompson spoke exclusively with Mayor Booker about that decision.
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
NJ Mayor Booker Files to Run for US Senate in 2014
Discussion: Politico
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Major report warns climate change could raise temperatures by 10 degrees  —  The third National Climate Assessment, released Friday, said there's “unambiguous evidence” that earth is warming, and that climate change over the past 50 years is driven primarily by human activity, especially from burning fossil fuels.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Guardian and Wonkblog
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Americans feel austerity's bite as payroll taxes rise  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington's decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation's budget deficit.  —  Paychecks across the country have shrunk over the last week due …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should watch their language  —  Frank Luntz, a pollster, is the author of “Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business From Ordinary to Extraordinary.”  —  This coming week, House Republicans will gather in Williamsburg, Va., to discuss what went wrong in 2012.
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Marco Rubio: Riding to the Immigration Rescue  —  Marco Rubio, Florida's GOP senator, unveils his reform ideas to ‘modernize’ the system and put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.  —  Coral Gables, Fla.  —  Marco Rubio—41-year-old son of working-class Cuban exiles—has lived the upwardly mobile immigrant experience.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Makers of Violent Video Games Marshal Support to Fend Off Regulation  —  WASHINGTON — With the Newtown, Conn., massacre spurring concern over violent video games, makers of popular games like Call of Duty and Mortal Kombat are rallying Congressional support to try to fend off their biggest regulatory threat in two decades.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Patti Davis rips ‘1600 Penn’ ‘stupidity’  —  “1600 Penn” - NBC's new sitcom about a dysfunctional First Family - gets a thumbs-down from Patti Davis, who was there for eight years when her father Ronald Reagan was president.  —  Davis — who tried to sell a similar TV show last year titled …
Discussion: Associated Press
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Hosts In ‘Really Deep’ Segment On Need To Call Him ‘President Barack Obama’ In Every Single Reference  —  On Friday, MSNBC's The Cycle investigated the outrage directed at cohost Steve Kornacki, as well as other journalists, for referring to President Barack Obama simply as “Obama” after the first reference.
Discussion: Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden: ‘No silver bullet’ to stop gun violence  —  The vice president downplayed harsh criticism the National Rifle Association has made about the administration's gun violence task force.  —  Vice President Biden said Friday that his task force on gun violence recognized there was …
Washington Post:
Biden gun task force must not overreach
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Promises Faster Transition in Afghanistan  —  President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
The White House:
Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai
Discussion: Twitchy, Michelle Malkin and Lawfare
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
‘Gun Appreciation Day’ chairman: Slavery wouldn't have happened if slaves were armed  —  The chairman of Gun Appreciation Day may be taking “Django Unchained” a little too seriously.  —  Larry Ward on Friday told CNN that he created the first annual Gun Appreciation Day just days …
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate
Jim O'Sullivan /
Barney Frank's Public Hunt Hurts His Senate Chances
Discussion: Blue Mass Group and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama policy deputy DeParle to exit for Brookings post
Discussion: CNN
Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
DREAM Activist's Family Arrested After Home Raided By ICE
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Economic change depends on culture and society
Discussion: Power Line
Howard Schneider / Wonkblog:
IMF: Yes, America is profligate
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Begins 2013 With 14% Approval
New York Times:
French Troops Help Mali Halt an Islamist Advance
Toledo Blade:
Montpelier school board approves carrying of handguns by custodial staff
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Mark Sanford Will Run for Congress
Discussion: Ballot Box