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11:20 AM ET, January 16, 2013

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CNN:
NRA airs new TV ad criticizing Obama on eve of White House gun announcement  —  Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association released a new television commercial Tuesday night charging President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for being “skeptical” about placing armed guards at schools …
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The NRA Opens Fire  —  In case you were waiting for the National Rifle Association's reasonable, constructive contribution to our current debate on how best to curb gun violence in America, your wait is over.  They are locked, loaded, and ready to bring the crazy.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Politico:
Why President Obama's gun plan may be doomed  —  Before President Barack Obama can even launch his campaign-style blitz for new gun control measures, there are strong indications that any comprehensive legislation restricting weapons and ammunition won't even see a vote on the House floor.
BuzzFeed:
NRA's New Ad Calls Obama “Elitist Hypocrite” For Having Secret Service Protection For His Children  —  The ad appeared on the NRA's “Stand and Fight” website today after being provided to The Blaze.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  an hour ago  —  20 responses
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
NRA BLASTS ‘ELITIST’, ‘HYPOCRITE’ OBAMA IN SCATHING NEW VIDEO  —  The National Rifle Association on Tuesday provided TheBlaze an exclusive look at its new video, which criticizes President Barack Obama's opposition to having armed guards in more schools across the United States.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
NRA TV Ad: Obama ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ Because His Daughters Have Armed Guards  —  The National Rifle Association is amping up the political rhetoric in advance of President Obama's gun violence prevention announcement scheduled for Wednesday.  On Tuesday, the NRA posted a video on its website accusing …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
President Obama set to unveil new gun plan
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.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
W.H. Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Associated Press:
In letters, children ask Obama to change gun laws
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Politico:
Why debt limit must be used to force a balanced budget  —  This Monday, President Obama again asserted that the country would “default” if Congress did not raise the debt limit.  “The full and faith and credit of the United States is not a bargaining chip,” he said at a press conference.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bush Speechwriter Michael Gerson Exposes Obama's Sinister Being-Reasonable Ploy  —  It's a trick.  A very complicated one.  —  The Obama presidency has been an agonizing time for those few remaining moderate Republicans.  They fully oppose their party's extremism, but the gravitational loyalty …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Politics as usual  —  Here is my nomination for the lowest moment …
U.S. News:
New York passes major gun control law — first since Newtown massacre  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed what many consider to be the toughest gun control legislation in the country, expanding an existing assault weapons ban and limiting gun magazine capacity to seven rounds.  NBC's Ron Allen reports.
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George Dvorsky / io9:
How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana's creationists  —  For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act.  The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom.
Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Why We're Raising the Signature Threshold for We the People  —  When we launched We the People, none of us knew how popular it would be, but it's exceeded our wildest expectations.  Through the past year, interest in We the People exploded and we're closing in on 10 million signatures.
Jeff Sneider / Variety:
WB redrafting Reddit-borne time-travel pic  —  Brian Miller hired to write fresh take on ‘Rome, Sweet Rome’  —  Warner Bros. has tapped “Apollo 18” scribe Brian Miller to take a crack at “Rome, Sweet Rome,” a high-concept time travel story that originated from the website Reddit.com.
Discussion: io9
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Lawmakers slam DOJ prosecution of Swartz as ‘ridiculous, absurd’  —  House lawmakers blasted federal prosecutors on Tuesday for pushing aggressive hacking charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who killed himself on Friday.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says his Oversight panel …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
U.S.-China deficit may be lower than thought  —  Stephan Savoia/AP - In this 2012 file photo, a container is loaded onto a ship from China at Massport's Conley Terminal in the port of Boston.  In releasing the study on the U.S. trade deficit with China, the WTO and OECD highlighted how the data could influence the world trade agenda.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama runs afoul of Dem base  —  The nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to head the Pentagon disappointed liberals and women's groups hoping for the first female Defense secretary.  —  It was also a double blow, of sorts, as Obama picked a fight with Republicans over Hagel …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ex-Bachmann aide alleges campaign finance violations  —  Filing says her PAC wrongly paid a longtime consultant.  —  WASHINGTON - A top adviser in Michele Bachmann's 2012 White House bid has filed a complaint with federal election officials alleging campaign finance violations involving …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Public Option Resurfaced By House Democrats As Deficit Reduction Measure  —  FOLLOW:  —  Debt Ceiling, Deficit, Health Care, Health Care Reform, Public Option, Video, Business News, Debt Limit, Health Care Public Option, Politics News, Obamacare, Obamacare Public Option, Politics News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave cabinet position in March  —  WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend time with his family, his office has confirmed to The Denver Post.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Wall Street Journal:
A Gun Ban That Misfired  —  What I saw as a prosecutor in Washington, D.C., makes me wary of strict firearms laws.  —  In the wake of the horrific elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last month, many Americans, desperate to do something in response, have decided that much stricter gun control is the answer.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Sen. Schumer asks Craigslist and eBay not to sell inauguration tickets  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is asking online ticketing sites not to allow the sale of inauguration tickets.  —  “Having a ticket to the inauguration is a privilege, it's not something that should be used to make a profit,” he said on Monday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Kerry's investments scrutinized  —  Panel considers steps to prevent conflicts for secretary of state  —  You are reading this article for FREE courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.  Get unlimited access.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry and his wife hold an array of international investments …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bill Clinton jests: I'm Hillary Clinton's first husband  —  Bill Clinton joked Tuesday that Hillary calls him “her first husband” — because he thinks she's so healthy that she'll live to be 120 years old and remarry.  —  “She's always been very, very healthy and she has very low blood pressure, very low standing heartbeat.
 
 
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Reuters:
Republicans push alternative to default in debt-ceiling battle
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Better Job Rating, Advantage on Debt Limit Mark the Start of Obama's Second Term
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Arizona Medicaid Expansion Urged By Gov. Jan Brewer, Obamacare Foe
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
New Math: President Obama Exaggerates Deficit Savings
Discussion: Hot Air and The Caucus
John Tierney / New York Times:
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Conservative MPs throw down the gauntlet to David Cameron
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