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8:50 PM ET, January 16, 2013

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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's 23 Planned Executive Actions On Guns  —  Here is a list provided by the White House of the 23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre:
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New York Times:
Obama Unveils Proposals for Toughening Laws on Guns  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America's gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation.
New York Times:
Obama Gun Proposal to Look Beyond Mass Shootings  —  A new federal assault weapons ban and background checks of all gun buyers, which President Obama is expected to propose on Wednesday, might have done little to prevent the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month.
David Weigel / Slate:
Read President Obama's New, Proposed Executive Orders and Legislation on Guns  —  President Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as Vice President Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence look on, on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Is Simply a Disease on the Body Politic
CNN:
White House blasts NRA ad as ‘repugnant’
Joe Biden / CNN:
Obama announces 23 exective actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws
Discussion: Shakesville and The Jawa Report
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meet The Republicans Who Want To Impeach Obama Over Gun Regulations  —  Republicans and pro-gun advocates are outraged over President Obama's 23 executive orders to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  Though executive orders have always been a standard element …
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Kids at Obama presser anger right on Twitter
Discussion: Twitchy and CBS DC
CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Slight dip in support for gun control measures in last month
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio slams Obama on new gun proposals
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Biden / CNN:
Political sphere reacts to Obama gun violence proposals
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Wall Street Journal:
A Gun Ban That Misfired
Discussion: protein wisdom and msnbc.com
Deadspin:
Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax  —  Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden.  A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania House Republicans Introduce Bill To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election … Earlier this week, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus endorsed a Republican plan to rig the next presidential election to make it nearly impossible for the Democratic candidate to win the White House …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Exclusive: GOP Targets Seven House Democrats It Calls Vulnerable
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is ‘more like fascism’  —  The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like “fascism” than “socialism,” a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash.  —  John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR.
Discussion: Hot Air
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April Fulton / NPR:
Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism And ‘Conscious Capitalism’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
CNN:
State Dept: Americans taken during attack on Algerian gas field  —  (CNN) — Islamists angry over Algiers' support for the French offensive in Mali attacked an Algerian gas field, caused casualties and seized more than 40 Western hostages, North African media outlets reported Wednesday.
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Xenos / Reading is for Snobs:
These Are The People The Wall Street Journal Thinks We Should Have Sympathy For?  —  The Wall Street Journal had an article providing a fairly thorough breakdown of the new tax policies that will now be in effect due to the “fiscal cliff” agreement reached by congress.  The article itself wasn't too bad, really.
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TBogg:
Five Finger Discount, Six Figure Pout
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Dennis Kucinich: It's “Almost Silly” To Think I'd Be The Token Liberal On Fox  —  The Ohio “liberal lion” is heading to Fox.  —  Image by Mark Duncan / AP  —  Dennis Kucinich's unlikely next act will be as a paid Fox News contributor, but he says it's “almost silly” to think that he'll be a kind of token.
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Fox News hires Dennis Kucinich as a contributor
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Office of the Governor / Rick Perry:
Statement by Gov. Perry on President Obama's Executive Actions  —  Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions:  —  “The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.
Benjamin Weinthal / Reuters:
Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam  —  Critics fear Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's regime is taking the nation further toward Islamic extremism.  (AP)AP  —  Egyptian Christian women grieve before a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama plans McDonough as new CoS  —  President Barack Obama plans to name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff, a Democratic source briefed on the plans tells POLITICO.  McDonough would replace Jack Lew, whom Obama nominated to be his new Treasury secretary.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott in a very bad position  —  PPP's first Florida poll of 2013 finds Rick Scott's approval numbers on the decline and Democrats warming up to Charlie Crist, setting the stage for Florida to possibly elect its first Democratic Governor in 20 years next fall.
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Don't blame me for election law, Rick Scott tells black lawmakers  —  TALLAHASSEE — Facing a highly critical group of black legislators, Gov. Rick Scott largely defended his record Tuesday but distanced himself from a controversial election law that led to fewer early-voting days and long lines.
Alex Altman / TIME:
New TIME/CNN Poll: Obama's Job Approval Jumps, Public Favors Stricter Gun Laws  —  Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Barack Obama announces that Biden will lead an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence in response to the Connecticut school shooting …
Kathryn Bigelow / Los Angeles Times:
Kathryn Bigelow addresses ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture criticism  —  ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ director Kathryn Bigelow answers criticism of the film's depiction of torture, which she says does not equal endorsement of the tactics.  —  Kathryn Bigelow.  —  For a long time, measuring more years …
 
 
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Matthew Balan / NewsBusters:
Bob Schieffer Likens Obama ‘Taking on the Gun Lobby’ to Hunt for Bin Laden, ‘Defeating the Nazis’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Ed Driscoll
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Andrew's empty gun win