FROM THE BLOGS:
Can Republicans win a government shutdown?
David Harsanyi at Human Events breaks down the politics of the upcoming budget battles.
New voices for the GOP in 2013
Ed Morrissey at The Fiscal Times looks at five candidates to shape the GOP in the coming year.
The facts on guns, schools, and violence
Nick Gillespie at Reason looks at the statistics behind the gun rights battle.
On spending, Obama doesn't get it
Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics highlights Obama's recent remark that federal spending isn't a problem.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Pastor for Obama's inaugural drops out over anti-gay sermon
The Georgia-based pastor Louis Giglio will not deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration this month, reports Justin Sink.
Obama nominates 'low-key master of policy' Lew for Treasury
President Obama on Thursday officially nominated his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next secretary of the Treasury, reports Erik Wasson.