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January 8, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • With "X Date" looming, Democrats urge Obama to take action
    The "X Date" by which the U.S. will be unable to pay its bills could come as early as Feb. 15, according to a Bipartisan Policy Center report. The report came as House Democrats urged President Barack Obama to circumvent the crisis by claiming the legal right to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, and to let the Supreme Court decide whether his decision was constitutional. "I would do it in a second," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/8) , The Hill (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Agenda Items 
  • Gabrielle Giffords launches gun-control campaign
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    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have launched a pressure group to raise funds and lobby lawmakers in support of tougher gun controls. Announcing the launch of the group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pair said they hoped to counter the influence of the National Rifle Association and make it politically feasible for lawmakers to take action. "We have experienced too much death and hurt to remain idle," Giffords and Kelly write in an op-ed. The Washington Post/Post Politics blog (1/8) , USA Today (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Poll: Obama won Pyrrhic victory in fiscal battle
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    President Barack Obama was perceived as winning the fiscal showdown by 57% of Americans, according to a Pew poll, while just 20% of people thought Republicans had achieved more of their goals. That might prove a Pyrrhic victory, however: More than half of Americans believe the compromise deal will directly hurt them, and just 3 in 10 people believe it will help them. Pew Internet (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Small change you can believe in
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    Reuters
    Experts say President Barack Obama could legally circumvent the debt ceiling by issuing a single trillion dollar coin -- but Stephen Colbert isn't impressed. "All of this means nothing, because a 1 trillion coin doesn't solve anything," he says. "Our nation's debt is 16 trillion, and we can't make a 16 trillion coin -- that's just silly." Comedy Central (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning."
--Nelson Rockefeller, former U.S. vice president
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