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7:55 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
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Joe Manchin: Need an ‘All-In Approach’ to Curb Gun Violence  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on “This Week”  —  Just days before Vice President Joe Biden is set to make recommendations to the president on how to curb gun violence, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told me on “This Week” …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sweeping new gun laws proposed by influential liberal think tank
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Like President Obama, Rahm Emanuel pivots on gun control
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
NRA president predicts assault weapons ban won't pass Congress
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Paul Krugman:
By George  —  End This Depression Now!  —  How bad have things gotten?  How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression?  And, most of all, how do we free ourselves?  A call-to-arms from Paul Krugman.  — Buy the book »  —  Some links to stuff I've written bearing on macroeconomic policy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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
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 …
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Candy Crowley On Lack Of Diversity In Obama White House: ‘Does It Matter?’  —  It really has been amazing to watch Obama's media cover for the lack of diversity in his cabinet picks.  —  A fine example of this hypocrisy came on CNN's State of the Union Sunday when host Candy Crowley actually began …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Gun debate opponents gear up for fight; Sens. Blumenthal, Ayotte on president's picks for his new national security team  —  Special Guests: Neera Tanden, Larry Pratt, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Richard Blumenthal  —  The following is a rush transcript of the January 13, 2013, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”
Discussion: Right Turn and Washington Examiner
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
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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
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Beijing Air Pollution Off the Charts
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Obama Synthesis  —  AS both his critics and admirers argue …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robin McKie / Guardian:
US scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Top Dems urging Obama to raise debt ceiling all voted against increase in '06