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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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CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Slight dip in support for gun control measures in last month  —  Washington (CNN) - There is strong support from Americans for many of the proposals to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday, but according to a new national poll …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Gun Violence Prevention Proposals  —  In a press conference on Wednesday, President Obama outlined a sweeping effort to prevent gun violence in the United States.  Surrounded by children who had written him letters voicing their desire to see gun laws passed …
Discussion: Alas, a Blog, NewsMax.com and Wonkblog
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:
New York Times:
Obama Unveils Proposals for Toughening Laws on Guns
CNN:
Political sphere reacts to Obama gun violence proposals
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Weigel / Slate:
Read President Obama's New, Proposed Executive Orders and Legislation on Guns
Discussion: Esquire, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Kids at Obama presser anger right on Twitter
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Plans To Nullify Obama's Gun Executive Actions  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has a plan to undo President Obama's executive actions on guns.  —  Paul plans to debut the proposal on Wednesday's edition of Hannity on Fox.  Details of the plan shared with TPM Wednesday show Paul plans …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Rand Paul: Obama ‘arrogant and presumptuous’ about Israel  —  Sen. Rand Paul (Melina Mara/Washington Post)  —  In a conference call today with a small group of journalists, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that President Obama was “arrogant and presumptuous” in saying in recent weeks that Israel …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
US confirms Americans among hostages taken by militants in Algeria  —  Several Americans have been taken hostage by Islamist militants in Algeria, the State Department confirmed Wednesday, but no U.S. casualties have been reported.  —  Al Qaeda-linked militants claim to have taken some 400 hostages …
Discussion: Associated Press and Guardian
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Sari Horwitz / Post Politics:
NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’ against Obama … The National Rifle Association cast its opposition to Obama's plans as “the fight of the century” in a letter circulated at the 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known in the trade as “the SHOT show,” in Las Vegas.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
After Columbine Shooting, NRA Supported Gun Free School Zones It Now Opposes
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Takes One to Tango  —  President Standoffish doesn't want to be seen as a stiff.  —  “Most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy,” he protested at his White House press conference on Monday.  “And I like a good party.”  —  Maybe.  But the president always seems to be dancing alone.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania House Republicans Introduce Bill To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama turns to ‘team player’ McDonough as chief of staff  —  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.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Fox News hires Dennis Kucinich as a contributor
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mark Levin: Obama's Executive Orders ‘Un-American,’ ‘Fascistic’  —  Conservative radio host Mark Levin tore into President Barack Obama on Wednesday after the president signed several executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence.  Levin told Fox News Channel host Neil Cavuto …
Discussion: alicublog
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.
Rush Limbaugh:
Revenge on the Bitter Clingers  —  RUSH: I'm gonna take a stab at answering my question.  Obama is literally pushing people to snap, attacking the very sanity of the country.  To what end?  Aside from wanting everybody's name on a list of some kind, why is Obama doing all of this?
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: MiamiHerald.com and 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
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.
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Abbott wades into gun control fray with ads aimed at New Yorkers  —  Attorney General Greg Abbott Wednesday launched a Google web ad campaign inviting New Yorkers who feel their gun rights are threatened by a new law just signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to move to Texas where they will have the right …
 
 
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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