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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Pastor Removed From Inaugural Program … Louis Giglio, the anti-LGBT pastor who had been announced to perform the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration, has been removed from the program, ABC News's Jonathan Karl reported Thursday.  —  The move came after ThinkProgress …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments  —  Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images  —  Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Louie Giglio, Inaugural Pastor, Criticized for Antigay Sermon
Josh Israel / Alternet:
Anti-Gay Preacher Tapped for Obama's Inaugural Benediction Withdraws After Firestorm of Public Outrage
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The Atlantic Wire:
Don't Worry, NRA: Obama Can't Do Much on Guns by Himself  —  It a moment of unintentional satire Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden assured the attendees (and reporters) at his gun control meeting that this was not just a photo op even as TV viewers could clearly hear the cameras clicking away.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
NRA: 100K new members in 18 days  —  The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days, the organization told POLITICO's Playbook on Thursday.  —  The number of paid new members jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million in that time frame.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Reframing the Gun Debate
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In campaign for tougher gun laws, Obama and allies work to tilt public opinion
EndPlay / KERO-TV:
Report: At least two people shot at Taft High School  —  TAFT, Calif. - Officials have said that at least two people were shot at Taft High School.  —  The shooting happened at about 9 a.m., and reports indicate that at least two people were shot.  —  The shooter was taken into custody at about 9:20 a.m. officials said.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Replacing David: Plouffe-by-committee?  —  Obama's right hand man in the West Wing and campaign consigliere, David Plouffe, has basically left the building, according to several White House sources who say they haven't seen him around much since the fiscal cliff deal.
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Wall Street Journal:
Team of Liberal Loyalists
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama Cabinet may not meet his own diversity standards
Op Ed / Stanford Daily:
Cory Booker: “Pointing the finger at gays”  —  Cory Booker's column in the April 8, 1992 Stanford Daily. … I was in my tolerance stage or the “I don't give a damn if someone is gay, just as long as they don't bother me” stage.  I was well trained in my tolerance.  I stopped telling my gay jokes.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Post Politics
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Cory Booker Wrestled With His Own Homophobia  —  “I was disgusted by gays.  The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy.”  How Booker's mind was changed.  —  Image by Julio Cortez / AP  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker's December announcement that he would …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
A GOP Strategy for the Debt-Ceiling Fight  —  The House should pass a bill pairing spending cuts with a dollar-for-dollar debt-ceiling increase.  —  President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over his proposed more than $1 trillion increase in the debt ceiling as a matter …
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Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough Goes Off On Mika Brzezinski After She Asserts He's ‘Being Chauvinistic’  —  The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama's inner circle.  As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage …
Edward D. Kleinbard / New York Times:
The Debt Ceiling's Escape Hatch  —  THE fiscal cliff may have been avoided, but an even higher-stakes political standoff — this time, over the federal debt ceiling — is just around the bend.  —  Congressional Republicans have said they will demand immense cuts to popular government programs …
Ted Cox / DNAinfo.com New York:
Joe Walsh Suggests Breaking Law to Fight Affordable Care Act in Chicago  —  CHICAGO — Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh says conservatives are losing the “war” for U.S. voters and encouraged his backers at a South Loop rally to engage in civil disobedience to defy the Affordable Care Act or new gun regulations.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health  —  Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Hints at Outlawing Unregulated ‘Private’ Gun Sales  —  Vice President Joe Biden, in remarks today before a meeting on guns, suggested the Obama administration is seriously considering outlawing unregulated “private” gun sales:  —  /p>  —  “And so the kinds of things that there's …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Frank endorses Markey for Senate  —  Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) endorsed Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of State, as is expected.  —  “Frankly, Ed and I have worked together in Congress …
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Justice, Kbr Guilty, Kbr Harmless, Kbr Indemnification, Kbr Indiana, Kbr Iraq, Kbr National Guard, Kbr Negligence, Kbr Negligence Iraq, Kbr Oregon, Kbr Soldiers, Kbr Toxic Chemical, Kbr Verdict, Politics News
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John Cornyn / CNN:
Cornyn: Why I can't support Hagel  —  Editor's note: John Cornyn, a Republican, is the senior United States Senator from Texas.  —  (CNN) — To the surprise of many, including me, President Barack Obama has nominated former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary.
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Carney on coin gambit: ‘There is no backup plan’  —  For all the recent scuttlebutt about resolving the Republican debt-ceiling crisis with a trillion-dollar coin, there was an elusive detail: what does the White House think about this?  Yesterday, for the first time, press secretary Jay Carney was pressed for an answer.
 
 
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