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9:45 AM ET, January 23, 2013


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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Clinton More Popular than Biden; Let the 2016 Handicapping Begin  —  Of two potential Democratic successors to Barack Obama, one has a clear advantage in personal popularity: Hillary Clinton, whose favorability rating exceeds Joe Biden's by a hefty 19 percentage points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 run  —  Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph — but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night.
Discussion: Twitchy
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Biden's moves spark talk of a 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: Politico and CBS DC
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  January 23, 2013 - New Jersey Voters Back Christie's Rap On GOP 5-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Tell Lautenberg To Step Aside  —  Gov. Christopher Christie was right to criticize Congressional Republicans for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Ballot Box
Lautenberg: Booker ‘entitled’ to run, but no decision yet  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who might face a 2014 primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, said his fellow Democrat is “entitled” to run if he chooses to but suggested that he had to give a “spanking” to his potential rival for so openly coveting his seat.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Speech Leaves G.O.P. Stark Choices  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's aggressive Inaugural Address on Monday presented Congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president's agenda on immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option.  —  “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on.
Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Barack Obama Is Boring  —  I was not going to comment on President Obama's second inaugural address until I saw a headline quoting a line from the speech: “We are made for this moment.”  —  Really?  “This moment”—again?  —  “This moment” was in Obama's big speech in Berlin as a candidate …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   House Republican Leader Blames Gun Violence On ‘Welfare Moms’
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exit polls: Netanyahu, Right suffer blow, Lapid big winner  —  Israel goes Leftward as Right bloc's majority razor-thin; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's …
Discussion: Haaretz and Washington Monthly
Barry Rubin /
Israel's Election: A Preliminary Analysis
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton pays off 2008 campaign debt  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally paid off the debt from her 2008 presidential campaign.  —  According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, Clinton paid the remainder of her debt in the last days of 2012.
Discussion: CNN
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Clinton 2008 now debt-free  —  More than four years after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign is finally debt-free, new reports filed by the campaign show.  —  Clinton's campaign committee paid off about $25 million in debt and now has a surplus of $204,832.
Discussion: CNN, The Fix and Hot Air
Michelle Homer / KHOU-TV:
Shooter identified in Lone Star College campus shooting  —  HARRIS COUNTY — Officials have identified the shooter in Tuesday's shooting on the Lone Star College campus.  —  Dozens of law enforcement officers rushed to the campus while panicked students ran away from the campus when three people were shot near the library.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP critics get opportunity to grill Secretary Clinton on Benghazi  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify Wednesday that her agency is moving full speed ahead with recommendations to avoid a repeat of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Judicial Watch:
JW Special Report: “The Benghazi Attack of September 11, 2012: Analysis and Further Questions”
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Sting operations reveal Mafia involvement in renewable energy  —  PALERMO, Italy — Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused mafia boss.  A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future …
Dan Rather / The Huffington Post:
How Israel's Iron Dome Is Also Saving Palestinian Lives  —  There's been a lot written recently about Iron Dome — Israel's high-tech missile defense system that hit the world stage during Israel's eight-day conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  Its unprecedented success rate …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mondoweiss
Jay Busbee / Yahoo! Sports:
Phil Mickelson warns of ‘drastic changes’ because of state, federal tax situation [UPDATED]  —  Phil Mickelson loves throwing boulders into the placid pond that is golf, and watching the ripples spill over the sides.  Whether it's rules changes or course design, Mickelson isn't shy about speaking his mind.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, angrily accused President Obama on Tuesday of demonizing law-abiding gun owners and of wanting to put “every private personal firearms transaction right under …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
McCain: Waterboard Kerry (just kidding)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked that he's going to get the truth out of Sen. John Kerry during confirmation hearings this week, even if he has to resort to enhanced interrogation methods.  Kerry has been nominated to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Mediaite
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Break All the Rules  —  First, my congratulations and condolences to John Kerry for being nominated to be our next secretary of state.  There is no one better for the job today and no worse job to have today.  It is no accident that we've started measuring our secretaries of state more by miles traveled than milestones achieved.
Discussion: and Daniel W. Drezner
Ben Popper / The Verge:
As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected  —  Programmers and politicians spar over sharing the campaign-winning code with the public  —  The tech team behind the 2012 Obama campaign has probably received more attention than any political programmers in history.
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Discord Is Top Threat to Global Economy in Poll  —  Global investors say the state of the U.S. government's finances is the greatest risk to the world economy and almost half are curbing their investments in response to continuing budget battles, a Bloomberg poll shows.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Downbeat on State of U.S., Prospects for Future
Discussion: CBS DC
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Pulls 500px's Mobile Apps From The App Store, Claiming It's Too Easy To Search For Nude Photos
Discussion: BBC, The Verge, Mashable! and Truthdig
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Obama's Progressive Vision: A World Without Political Opposition
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Exploring Improbable Ways He Might Buy the New York Times
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
NAACP head: Black woman for SCOTUS
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry
Discussion: New York Times, Hot Air and Wired
Business Wire:
Production Begins on DreamWorks' WikiLeaks Project “The Fifth Estate”
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Verge
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Al Franken in good shape so far
Discussion: Truthdig and Taegan Goddard's …
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Ibrahim Mshelizza / Reuters:
Suspected Islamists kill 23 in two Nigeria attacks
Scott Olson / CBS St. Louis:
Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce Obama's Gun Control Laws
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Red state Dems squeamish about gun background checks
The Times:
Exclusive: Beyoncé lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration