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3:10 AM ET, January 13, 2013


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Lessig Blog, v2:
Prosecutor as bully  —  (Some will say this is not the time.  I disagree.  This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)  —  Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this spiral than I have wanted to know.  Aaron consulted me as a friend and lawyer.
Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz  —  Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment.  We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.  —  Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Aaron Swartz, Precocious Programmer and Internet Activist, Dies at 26  —  Aaron Swartz, a wizardly programmer who as a teenager helped to develop a computer code that provided a format for delivering regularly changing Web content and in later life became an unwavering crusader …
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer, Found Dead Amid Prosecutor ‘Bullying’ in Unconventional Case … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Conde Nast, Economy, Hackers, Internet, Barack Obama , PIPA, Politics, Video, Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, RSS 1.0, Aaron Swartz Suicide, Demand Progress, Doj, FBI …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Verge
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIP, Aaron Swartz  —  To the extent possible under law, Cory Doctorow has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”  —  Update: Go read Lessig: “He was brilliant, and funny.  A kid genius.  A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Online activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide, relative says
Aaron Swartz, Online Activist and Reddit Cofounder, Dead at 26
Discussion: The Raw Story
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Remembering Aaron Swartz
Brewster / Internet Archive Blogs:
Aaron Swartz, hero of the open world, dies
Discussion: Wired
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Treasury: We won't mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling  —  The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling.  If they did, the Federal Reserve would not accept it.  —  That's the bottom line of the statement that Anthony Coley …
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
COINTASTROPHE: White House Rules Out The Trillion Dollar Coin Option To Break The Debt Ceiling  —  Stunning news from WaPo's Ezra Klein: The Treasury is ruling out the use of a trillion dollar platinum coin to break the debt ceiling impasse.  —  Klein writes:
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Calculated Risk
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Platinum Coin Dismissed: White House Ratchets Up Pressure On GOP To Deal With Debt Ceiling … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Debt Ceiling, Government Shutdown, Timothy Geithner, Deficit, Republicans, Video, Debt Limit, Politics News, Tim Geithner, Coin Seigniorage, Default …
Paul Krugman:
So What Will You Do, Mr. President?  —  If I'd spent the past five years living in a monastery or something, I would take the Treasury Department's declaration that the coin option is out as a sign that there's some other plan ready to go.  Maybe 14th Amendment, maybe moral obligation coupons or some other form of scrip, something.
Discussion: Wonkblog
Chris Hayes /
The magic coin  —  Odds are by now you've heard at least something …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio: Obama has ‘poisoned the well for people’ on immigration reform  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a congressional leader on immigration reform and long considered a likely 2016 presidential candidate, criticized President Obama for “poison[ing] the well” on the reform effort …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Marco Rubio: Riding to the Immigration Rescue
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Video: Arabs Gang Up on Hareidim in Jerusalem  —  1930s Berlin or Jerusalem, 2013?  Arabs kick and humiliate Jews, videotape themselves doing it.  —  A disturbing video began circulating on Facebook Saturday evening.  It shows a group of about 20 Arabs ganging up on two helpless Hareidi Jews …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Ending the War in Afghanistan and Rebuilding America  —  WASHINGTON, DC—Following his meeting with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama used his weekly address to update the American people on how we will end the war in Afghanistan, and how our goal of ensuring …
Discussion: New York Times
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Jerusalem Post:
Police vow to clear Palestinian ‘outposts’ at E1
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Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should watch their language
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Jason Lange / Reuters:
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