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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Robert Gibbs: NRA No Match For Obama Campaign Apparatus (VIDEO)  —  Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday said the leftover campaign apparatus from President Barack Obama's re-election bid is more than capable of overpowering the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association.
BuzzFeed:
NRA's New Ad Calls Obama “Elitist Hypocrite” For Having Secret Service Protection For His Children
Discussion: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh and Politico
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:   NRA TV Ad: Obama ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ Because His Daughters Have Armed Guards
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 and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Chamber, union leaders mull alliance to press for immigration reform  —  Washington's most powerful business lobby and prominent union leaders are discussing a joint push on immigration reform this year.  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is in discussions with the AFL-CIO …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Roe v. Wade at 40: Most Oppose Overturning Abortion Decision  —  Millennials Far Less Aware of Historic Ruling  —  As the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision approaches, the public remains opposed to completely overturning the historic ruling on abortion.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Viking Pundit and Betsy's Page
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Andrew's empty gun win  —  It's always about the polls  —  Albany has once more felt the heavy hand of Andrew Cuomo — to what useful purpose, it remains to be seen.  —  Politics, not policy, looks to have been the point of Cuomo's so-called SAFE Act of 2013, a gun-control bill marinated …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Brad DeLong and TBogg
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 …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Obama set to go big on guns  —  Obama set to go big on guns... But the opposition will go equally big... NRA — with its new web video — brings a sledgehammer to the fight... Sandy relief passes the House (but with just a minority of the majority)... And that's instructive …
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
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: ABCNEWS and The Week
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
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
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.
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
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
New York's New Gun Controls Make the PATRIOT Act Look Like a Model of Legislative Deliberation  —  Last night, by a vote of 43 to 18, the New York State Senate, which is run by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats, approved the new gun restrictions demanded last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo …
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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.
 
 
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Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
Campos wants Harvey Milk's name on SFO
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
GOP Rep. Threatening Impeachment: Obama Using Children Like Saddam Hussein Did To Push His Laws
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Sen. Schumer asks Craigslist and eBay not to sell inauguration tickets
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bill Clinton jests: I'm Hillary Clinton's first husband
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Kerry's investments scrutinized
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Reuters:
Republicans push alternative to default in debt-ceiling battle
Discussion: First Read
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Better Job Rating, Advantage on Debt Limit Mark the Start of Obama's Second Term
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John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
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