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2:10 PM ET, January 16, 2013

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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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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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:   Will Congress Pass Obama's Gun-Control Legislation Proposals?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Is Simply a Disease on the Body Politic
CNN:
White House blasts NRA ad as ‘repugnant’
Discussion: Politico
Katie Glueck / Politico:
NRA ad attacked for including President Obama's daughters
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Robert Gibbs: NRA No Match For Obama Campaign Apparatus (VIDEO)
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Leahy: Senate to hold hearings on proposals to reduce gun violence
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Associated Press:
Gun control debate: In letters, children ask Obama to change gun laws
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
NRA TV Ad: Obama ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ Because His Daughters Have Armed Guards
Discussion: The Hill
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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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
President Obama Announces Action on Gun Control with 23 New Executive Orders  —  This afternoon, President Obama announced a package of proposals to reduce gun violence.  These are executive actions, not legislation, and will—among other things—strengthen law enforcement efforts against gun crime …
Joe Biden / CNN:
Obama announces 23 exective actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws  — President Barack Obama announces 23 executive actions on gun control, separately asks Congress to pass gun-control laws  — Obama asks Congress to pass laws that would: require background checks on all gun sales …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Shakesville
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
READ: Obama's plan to reduce gun violence
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: Suburban Guerrilla and Brad DeLong
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TBogg:
Five Finger Discount, Six Figure Pout
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences  —  The favorite news outlet of conservatives ranks just ninth in presser questions in Obama's first term, getting to ask questions at only half the rate of the Big 3 broadcast networks  —  During Barack Obama's news conference on Monday the president called on seven reporters.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Congressman Radel on Possible Presidential Impeachment- “All Options Should be on the Table”  —  Congressman Steve Stockman from Texas has taken aim against President Obama's forthcoming executive orders that will further restrict gun rights by “eliminating funding for implementation …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns
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BBC:
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Discussion: Guardian and The Verge
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Chamber, union leaders mull alliance to press for immigration reform
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Andrew's empty gun win
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Ex-Bachmann aide alleges campaign finance violations
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