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Links 1/14/13

My comments in italics.

POLITICS:
Is AIPAC Waging A Shadow War on Hagel? Max Blumenthal.
Can Guns Really Protect Us From Tyranny? Andrew Sullivan.
How Congressional Dysfunction Could Hurt House Republicans Ezra Klein.
10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced Ian Millhiser at AlterNet.
Dear President Obama, Why Do You Want to Imprison My Husband for Legally Growing Pot? Molly Davies at Alternet.Marijuana is far less toxic than alcohol and the Drug War is a complete failure. It’s time for marijuana distribution and use to be completely legal for medicinal or recreational reasons.
Colin Powell: Republicans Using “Racial-Era Slave Terms” To Attack Obama” David at Crooks and Liars. I think Powell meant “slave-era racial terms,” but still, good points.
For Defense, Less Beef, More Chuck John Arquilla at FP. When Hagel gets confirmed, and he will as long as he doesn’t drop out, I hope he tackles some of our bloated defense spending.

ECONOMICS:
AIG Sues Federal Reserve; Are Goldman, Citi, BofA Its Real Targets? Seeking Alpha.
JP Morgan Ordered to Fix Poor Risk Management Tied to $6 Billion Loss Marcy Gordon at The Huffington Post.
AIG Pretended It Might Sue the Government to Distract Attention From Its Actually Suing the Government Matt Levine at Dealbreaker.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS:
Male Jurors More Likely to Find Heavier Women Guilty Ian Millhiser at Think Progress. This is old, but wow. This is so awful that I’m speechless.
Wyoming Lawmaker Introduces Radical “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill to Ban Abortions After Six Weeks Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress.

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