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12:55 PM ET, January 18, 2013

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Joe Holley / Houston Chronicle:
Cornyn: Congress will not allow default  —  Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, said in Houston Thursday that Congress will not allow an impasse over raising the debt ceiling to result in the federal government defaulting on its spending obligations.  —  “We will raise the debt ceiling.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A new strategy for the GOP  —  It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are suffering an internal split that President Obama is successfully exploiting to neuter the Republican House.  It is not true, however, that the Republican split is philosophical and fundamental.
Washington Post:
House Republicans using retreat as chance for self-reflection
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rank and file tell GOP leaders to keep sequester, shutdown ‘on the table’
Discussion: Hot Air
Politico:
Up next for Obama: A looming Democratic divide  —  As President Barack Obama approaches his second inaugural on Monday, he presides over a party that has largely papered over its divisions for the past four years thanks to the president's commanding popularity.
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
New Study Highlights Threat From Far Right-Wing Groups In U.S.  —  A new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' and Booman Tribune
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.  —  A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”  —  The report issued this week …
Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
Politico:
Obama unveils ‘Organizing for Action’  —  President Barack Obama on Friday announced the relaunch of his remaining campaign apparatus as a new tax-exempt group called Organizing for Action that will “play an active role” in “mobilizing around and speaking out in support of important legislation” during his second term.
Discussion: CNN, The Plum Line and The PJ Tatler
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CNN:
White House releases new presidential portrait  —  (CNN) - The White House released a new portrait of President Barack Obama on Friday, just ahead of the inauguration of his second term.  —  The photo was taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on December 6, 2012.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Departing aide expects more assertive Obama in second term
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Posts Videos of Children Asking Obama to Address Gun Violence
Brent Schrotenboer / Associated Press:
Lance Armstrong to Oprah: Story was ‘one big lie’ … Saying his “mythic, perfect story” was “one big lie,” Lance Armstrong admitted that he cheated during most of his famed cycling career and that he bullied people who dared to tell the truth about it.  —  After denying doping allegations …
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Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
TSA ends contract with Rapiscan, maker of full-body scanner  —  A TSA agent demonstrates the full-body scanner at Los Angeles International Airport.  (Los Angeles Times)  —  The Transportation Security Administration has ended a contract with the Hawthorne-based manufacturer …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eschaton
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Jeff Plungis / Bloomberg:
Naked-Image Scanners to Be Removed From U.S. Airports
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I Have No Words  —  I'm not going to characterize this or say anything about it.  But I had to share it with you.  From TPM Reader PH ...
Discussion: Eschaton and CANNONFIRE
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
In England, Piers Morgan joked about shooting rivals, said homeowners who kill burglars should not be prosecuted  —  CNN host and outspoken gun-control advocate Piers Morgan once joked about shooting professional enemies and separately wrote that he was a “rabid fascist” who wanted burglars tortured after a …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
POLITICO interview: Piers Morgan
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Call for Term Limits, End to Electoral College  —  Virtually no partisan disagreement on these long-discussed constitutional reforms  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate …
Discussion: The Hill, The Hill, Hot Air, CNN and Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Dwindling Deficit  —  It's hard to turn on your TV or read an editorial page these days without encountering someone declaring, with an air of great seriousness, that excessive spending and the resulting budget deficit is our biggest problem.  Such declarations are rarely accompanied …
Discussion: Hot Air, Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
John J. Monahan / Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Murray will not run for governor  —  WORCESTER — Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray will not run for governor in 2014, citing the demands of campaigning, serving in elected office and his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters.  —  “I've decided that I am not going to run for governor …
Discussion: Post Politics
John Avlon / CNN:
GOP's surprising edge on diversity  —  Editor's note: John Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is co-editor of the book “Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.”  He is a regular contributor to “Erin Burnett OutFront” …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Gin and Tacos:
FOR WANT OF A NAIL  —  (January 16, 2033.  A fire-lit cabin in the hills of Brezhnev City, Stalinton - formerly Boise, Idaho.  A man sitting on a shattered milk crate looks older than his 53 years.  His rumpled, malnourished grandson sits at his feet.)  —  “Grandpa?
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
HOLDER BEGS COURT TO STOP DOCUMENT RELEASE ON FAST AND FURIOUS  —  Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on #FastandFurious
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Edge Toward The Mainstream  —  “By far the hottest topic of the moment.”  Ignore it and it won't go away.  —  There are two kinds of conspiracy theories: The ones, about the Illuminati and about mysterious “chemtrails,” that lurk forever in the online twilight zone …
Discussion: snopes.com and Glenn Beck
Melissa Hayes / The Political State:
Christie calls NRA ad criticizing Obama daughters' security ‘reprehensible’  —  Governor Christie called the National Rifle Association's ad criticizing President Obama's daughters' security detail “reprehensible.”  —  “I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” he said.
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James Daly / Wired:
Read a Lawyer's Amazingly Detailed Analysis of Bilbo's Contract in The Hobbit
Discussion: The Verge and io9
Daily Mail:
‘Battalion of Blood’ gunmen had one aim... to ‘kill infidels and Christians’: American …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Daily Caller
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Backs Civil Marriage For Gay Couples
Discussion: GOProud, Inc. and Joe. My. God.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California lawmaker: Guns are ‘essential to living the way God intended’
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Pauline Phillips, Flinty Adviser to Millions as Dear Abby, Dies at 94
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Slate:
What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Recalling Pain of Guns' Toll, Mayors Urge Bills' Passage
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Caucus
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Are Split Over How to Shape Approach to Gun Bills
Discussion: Daily Kos and Capital New York
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Biden Getting an Autobiography From The Onion (Whether He Wants It or Not)