How Will Candy Barr Explain That One Away?

A rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities on Monday and resign from office, effective immediately. [New Yorker]

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first-time default for at least four months, defusing a looming crisis and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. And Andy Barr voted for it. [H-L]

Explosive charge: Morgan Stanley peddled security its own employee called ‘Nuclear Holocaust.’ [ProPublica]

Congressman John Yarmuth must be from another planet. He stood up in Washington and called for honesty when it comes to gun proposals. Like that is ever going to happen. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Women smoking nowadays are far more likely to die as a result of their habit than they were in the 1960s, according to a new study. [BBC]

A method adopted to help deal with overcrowding in the Madison County Detention Center also is showing financial benefits to taxpayers, according to a report given during Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting. [Richmond Register]

The percentage of workers belonging to unions tumbled to 11.3 percent in 2012, the lowest percentage in 76 years, led by dramatic declines in states where lawmakers have put organized labor in the political crosshairs, government figures showed on Wednesday. [Reuters]

The search for a new director for the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts remains on hold as the center’s Community Operations Board and the university struggle with the question of who would have authority over the director. [H-L]

Choosing hospice care is never an easy decision. It’s an admission that the end is near, that there will be no cure. [NPR]

How on earth did it take five whole weeks after the Newtown massacre for the GOP to blame women on welfare? [Wonkette]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got testy on Capitol Hill Wednesday in response to a query from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who called into question her department’s accounting of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya. [HuffPo]

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