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4:45 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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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:
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.
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.
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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
NRA ad attacked for including President Obama's daughters  —  The National Rifle Association on Tuesday released a controversial new ad that makes reference to President Barack Obama's daughters - sparking outrage from critics who charged that the spot is over the line.
CNN:
NRA airs new TV ad criticizing Obama on eve of White House gun announcement
Joe Biden / CNN:
Obama announces 23 exective actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Shakesville
Politico:   Obama unveils 23 executive actions, calls for assault weapons ban
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Kids at Obama presser anger right on Twitter
Discussion: CNN, Twitchy and CBS DC
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Rubio slams Obama on new gun proposals
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
President Obama Announces Action on Gun Control with 23 New Executive Orders
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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Washington Post:
U.S. citizens among hostages seized in Algeria as France battles Islamists in neighboring Mali
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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Washington Post:
Obama, Congress and spending cuts
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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
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
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  HOUSE PASSES $50 BILLION IN SANDY AID OVER GOP OPPOSITION |  Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's (R-NJ) amendment to complete the Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency package just passed the House by a 228-192 vote.  It adds $33.7 billion to the underlying $17 billion aid bill sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).
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: Washington Examiner and Hot Air
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests  —  As he unveiled his comprehensive package of gun safety regulations on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama urged Americans to stand up to irrational opponents of restrictions on military-style weapons …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
 
 
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After Columbine Shooting, NRA Supported Gun Free School Zones It Now Opposes
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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Jay Carney: NRA Ad “Repugnant And Cowardly”
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Filibuster Reformers Open To Reid's More Modest Reform Plan
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott in a very bad position
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Is Simply a Disease on the Body Politic
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