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2:10 PM ET, January 15, 2013


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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Schumer to back Hagel as defense secretary  —  Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his support Tuesday for the nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, delivering a key vote for the Nebraska Republican's confirmation after weeks of voicing doubt about his positions …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Schumer Says He's Satisfied With Hagel on Mideast
Manu Raju / Politico:
Schumer clears a path for Hagel
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How Hagel Won Schumer's Support For Defense Secretary
Sen. Roger Wicker / Politico:
Why Chuck Hagel is the wrong choice to lead the Pentagon
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Hagel says he regrets ‘Jewish lobby’ remark
Discussion: Hot Air and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Obama Poised to Back Comprehensive Plan to Curb Gun Violence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama to announce gun plans Wednesday  —  President Obama will unveil his gun violence proposals at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the White House, according to people who have been briefed on the event.  —  Obama has invited gun control groups and members of Congress to the White House Wednesday …
Discussion: White House Dossier
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Details of Biden gun package emerge
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Daily Caller
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Utah Smoothie Shop Charges Liberals More, Donates Surcharge To Conservative Causes  —  A smoothie shop in Vernal, Utah is sparking outrage over an unorthodox pricing structure that charges liberals an extra dollar.  The shop, tellingly named the I Love Drilling Juice and Smoothie Bar …
Geoff Liesik / KSL-TV:
Liberal tax leaves bitter taste in some smoothie drinkers' mouths  —  VERNAL — When George Burnett first set up shop in Vernal, he knew he had to find away to connect with his adopted community if his custom seat cover business was going to survive.  —  So, armed with a sandwich board emblazoned …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Congeniality talks tough  —  “I'm a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon.  —  The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn't spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be.
Debt debate: No easy path to avoid chaos  —  If you thought the fiscal cliff was bad, just wait for the triple threat.  —  The White House and Congress are facing three critical deadlines — the country hits its debt limit as early as mid-February, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts …
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:   House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke: Debt limit should be scrapped  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday said the debt ceiling has no value to the United States and should be scrapped.  —  “It would be a good thing if we didn't have it,” the Fed chairman said at the University of Michigan.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Annotating Obama's 2006 speech against boosting the debt limit
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Most Important Line In Fitch's Warning About The US AAA Credit Rating
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid: The Assault Weapons Ban Is Probably Doomed  —  The Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate will not be a free-for-all of new gun regulations following the shooting at Sandy Hook, according to Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Instead, Senators will focus on passing legislation …
New York Times:
New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills
Kevin Cullen / The Boston Globe:
On humanity, a big failure in Aaron Swartz case  —  If it was beyond scandalous that Aaron Swartz was facing 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines for downloading a bunch of obscure academic treatises without a subscription, it is beyond tragic that he is now dead.
New York Post:
More city co-eds turning to sugar daddies for school support  —  More New York City co-eds are turning to a new source of income — sugar daddies — to cope with the rising cost of their college tuition, surprising statistics released yesterday reveal.  —  And the majority is enrolled …
Discussion: Above the Law and protein wisdom
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House panel blocks most GOP attempts to trim Sandy disaster-relief bill  —  The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill.
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify Against Cycling Officials  —  In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is scheduled to air on her network on Thursday, Lance Armstrong confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, according to two people briefed …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Obama is Prepared to Break Social Security, Defense Authorization and Food Safety Laws Along with Many Others  —  If the debt limit is not lifted the President could theoretically be forced to break some laws.  Congress would have required the President to give money to people while also denying …
Discussion: Washington Post
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter: ‘If You Compare White Populations,’ U.S. Has Same Murder Rate As Belgium (VIDEO)  —  Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter on Monday said that the United States has a demographic problem rather than a gun problem, arguing that the country has a comparable murder rate to Belgium “if you compare white populations.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Can't Stop Talking About The Republican Party  —  The Republican gadfly and No Labels crusader says he's only trying to help.  “I'd say we take about 2 percent of the media requests that come in.  Really.”  —  Jon Huntsman speaks to BuzzFeed staff Monday.  —  Image by Macey Foronda for BuzzFeed
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Hoover Institution:
The Age of Administrative Excess  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Why is the federal government locking unwilling citizens into Medicare?  —  Earlier this month …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters:
Rob Lowe: ‘Last Thing’ People ‘Want Is Another Hollywood Actor Telling Them Anything About Guns’  —  Maybe the sanest words out of any media member's mouth in the weeks following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, came from actor Rob Lowe on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Monday.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Why the D.C. Attorney General Should Have Recused Himself From The Gregory Case  —  We have discussed the District of Columbia's decision not to prosecute David Gregory for violating its gun law.  In doing so, we mentioned that the decision was made by District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan …
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Public School Teaches “White Privilege” Class
Obama press conference transcript, Jan. 14, 2013
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama ends term with fewer pressers than Bush or Clinton
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Taylor Berman / Gawker:
The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)
Robert Pear / New York Times:
States Will Be Given Extra Time to Set Up Health Insurance Exchanges
Discussion: National Review
Chelsea Clinton / CNN:
We can make a difference  —  First lady Michelle Obama helps paint …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Journal News deploys Fifth Avenue firm to reject interview requests
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
401(k) breaches undermining retirement security for millions
Discussion: The Week
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Chrysler to build Jeeps in China
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Justice Thomas speaks
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