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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Tuesday

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Janet Yellen

Happy Tuesday, or as we say here in New Jersey, "Brrrrrrrr."

The catchy buzz phrase "Polar vortex" already has embedded itself in the public consciousness courtesy of some revisionist climate-changers. Thanks bartender, and make mine a double. (Christian Science Monitor)

Janet Yellen is the new head of the Federal Reserve and its first female chair. She gets about three minutes to celebrate. (Wonkblog)

Because being a media critic is all in a day's work for a high-ranking congressman, Henry Waxman is putting Tribune on notice not to wreck the Los Angeles Times. (Politico)

Score yet another win for austerity: Irish debt yields hit eight-year low; buyers go wild at auction. (Reuters)

They're squaring off in Washington again Tuesday to decide who should pay the price for the long-term unemployment epidemic. (Town Hall)

And, finally ... you can add another chapter to the "we've seen how this movie ends" saga: Bad loans are posing a big threat to China this year. CNBC.com's Dhara Ranasinghe explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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