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4:50 PM ET, January 13, 2013


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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Powell: GOP has ‘a dark vein of intolerance’  —  While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama.  —  “There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party …
Greg Clary / CNN:
Colin Powell is bucking his own party, again  —  (CNN) - When President Barack Obama nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week, criticism came in swiftly from several Republicans.  But there's one member of the GOP who couldn't be more supportive of Hagel, and that's former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Discussion: Politico
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Old Foes Lead Charge Against Chuck Hagel
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Corker Says There Are Questions About Chuck Hagel's ‘Temperament’  —  ABC  —  This morning on “This Week,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee expressed concerns about the “temperament” of Chuck Hagel, the man President Obama nominated to be his next Secretary of Defense.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Corker questions Hagel's ‘temperament’ for top Pentagon post
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
NRA President: Americans Are Buying Firearms Because They Fear Obama  —  Gun sales skyrocketed at the end of 2012 after the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.  The FBI conductedmore than 2 million criminal background checks ahead of gun purchases in December, according …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
NRA president predicts assault weapons ban won't pass Congress
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Mass Paris rally against gay marriage in France  —  The BBC's Hugh Schofield said the organisers did not want to be seen as homophobic  —  Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
History suggests that era of entitlements is nearly over … It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length.  In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
The Fed Killed Trillion-Dollar Coin  —  Senior administration official tells BuzzFeed the Federal Reserve would not have recognized the vast sum for depositing the coin.  —  The Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington April 3, 2012.  —  Source:
Discussion: Business Insider
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
The Low Politics of Low Growth  —  WE typically blame Washington for not doing more to help the economy grow.  But what if we have it backward: What if it is the weak economy that is driving the failures in Washington?  —  That is what Benjamin Friedman, a Harvard economist who has studied …
Egypt Independent:
Military source: US arms deal continuing despite lawmakers' objections  —  views:  —  Send to friend  —  Egypt's negotiations with the US to acquire F-16 aircraft and M1A1 Abrams tanks are proceeding smoothly, a senior Egyptian military source has said.  —  The source added that the negotiations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz
Tim Lee / Washington Post:
Aaron Swartz, American hero
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Two Sentences That Should Be Part of All Discussion of the Debt Ceiling  —  Here they are:  —  1) Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize one single penny in additional public spending.  —  2) For Congress to “decide whether” to raise the debt ceiling, for programs and tax rates …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Like President Obama, Rahm Emanuel pivots on gun control  —  Rahm Emanuel, who put the brakes on gun control in the Obama White House, is now pushing for broad changes to firearm policies in Chicago.  —  Like President Obama, the Chicago mayor has long embraced gun-control policies …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Obama Synthesis  —  AS both his critics and admirers argue, the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week tells us something important about Barack Obama's approach to foreign policy.  But so does the man who was nominated alongside Hagel, to far less controversy and attention …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama Plans to Push Congress on Immigration Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country …
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Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Candy Crowley On Lack Of Diversity In Obama White House: ‘Does It Matter?’
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Staying coy, Booker's not ‘ruling out anything’ for 2014
Discussion: Politico
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak's Conviction
Discussion: The Week and Outside the Beltway
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Top Dems urging Obama to raise debt ceiling all voted against increase in '06