By Justin Sink
FROM THE BLOGS:
GOP embraces nuclear gerrymandering
TPM's Josh Marshall says Republicans faced with a shrinking voter base are looking to rig the electoral college.
Donald Trump releases video in support of Netanyahu
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft praises the real estate mogul for throwing his support behind the Israeli prime minister.
Slate's Dave Weigel says that President Obama used his press conference Monday to browbeat his opponents in the new Congress.
The National Review argues the threat of default is leverage for Democrats — not Republicans — as the parties ready for another battle over spending.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
House kills amendment to offset Sandy with spending cuts
The vote split Republican leadership, but the amendment was ultimately defeated, The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports.
Pelosi slams Boehner on DOMA legal defense
The House minority leader said the Speaker has committed $3 million to a legal effort to protect the legislation, The Hill's Sam Baker reports.