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2:58 AM ET, January 14, 2013


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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
MIT president orders review of Aaron Swartz episode  —  The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Sunday that he has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the university's actions in a computer hacking case that led to the federal prosecution of renowed programmer …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sweeping new gun laws proposed by influential liberal think tank
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Like President Obama, Rahm Emanuel pivots on gun control
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
NRA president predicts assault weapons ban won't pass Congress
Discussion: CNN
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 …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Corker Says There Are Questions About Chuck Hagel's ‘Temperament’
Greg Clary / CNN:
Colin Powell is bucking his own party, again
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Corker questions Hagel's ‘temperament’ for top Pentagon post
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home?  —  A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars' target was the homeowner's gun safe.  —  At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue …
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Bill Clinton fibs about gun control  —  At a speech before the Conusmer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9, Bill Clinton stated: “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapon ban expired in 2005, half in the history of the country.”
National Confidential:
Conservatives Declare War On New Miss America Mallory Hagan Over Gun Comments  —  Still reeling from losing the election and being ostracized from the majority of public opinion, conservatives are striking out at the newly crowned Miss America.  —  On Saturday's pageant broadcast, Mallory Hagan …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Lies on Gun Background Checks Are a Focus Both Sides Agree On  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly 80,000 Americans were denied guns in 2010, according to Justice Department data, because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories on background-check forms.
New York Times:
House to Take Up Storm Relief Bill Amid Battle Over Spending  —  WASHINGTON — The House will move ahead this week with a multibillion-dollar package to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, but the legislation is already caught in an escalating debate over spending and deficits …
Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown  —  House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March.  —  The idea of allowing the country to default …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fars News Agency:
American 99 Percenters Support Iran's Positions in Future Talks with G5+1  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of American peace and antiwar activists titled ‘99ers’ signed a petition in support of Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear technology and the country's positions in the upcoming talks with the Group 5+1 …
Surprise!  Bill Clinton appears at the Golden Globes  —  (CNN) - The 42nd U.S. president introduced the 16th president Sunday night at a star-studded awards ceremony - well, kind of.  —  Former President Bill Clinton was on hand to present a clip for “Lincoln,” the biographical film nominated …
Discussion: Politico
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Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Piers Morgan exposes Dana Loesch's lack of gun knowledge by making up models, calibers, deleting tweets
Egypt Independent:
Military source: US arms deal continuing despite lawmakers' objections
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Staying coy, Booker's not ‘ruling out anything’ for 2014
Discussion: Politico
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
The Low Politics of Low Growth
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
History suggests that era of entitlements is nearly over
 Earlier Items: 
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak's Conviction
Discussion: The Week and Outside the Beltway
Mass Paris rally against gay marriage in France
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Beijing Air Pollution Off the Charts
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