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Politico:
GOP pollster: Stop talking about rape  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It's way past time: House Republicans need to stop talking about rape.  —  That's the message GOP lawmakers got here Wednesday evening from Kellyanne Conway, a top GOP pollster.  —  Conway dispensed the stern advice as part …
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republicans May Offer Short-Term Extension of Borrowing Limit  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Gathered for a retreat to map out how to manage coming confrontations with President Obama and Congressional Democrats, often combative House Republicans seemed on Thursday to be looking for a quick way out of one imminent fight.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan: House GOP discussing short-term hike to debt ceiling
John Parkinson / Reuters:
Ryan: GOP Mulling Debt Limit Hike
Melissa Hayes / The Political State:
Christie calls NRA ad criticizing Obama daughters' security ‘reprehensible’  —  Governor Christie called the National Rifle Association's ad criticizing President Obama's daughters' security detail “reprehensible.”  —  “I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” he said.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For 'Dragging People's Children' Into Gun Control Debate  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the National Rifle Association's latest ad in which they accuse President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for sending his children to a school where they are protected by armed guards.
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public lowers expectations heading into Obama's 2nd term  —  As President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term next week, he finds himself with a job-approval rating above 50 percent and with majorities supporting his general direction on gun control and immigration …
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Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: NRA more popular than entertainment industry  —  As Washington prepares for a political battle over the Obama White House's proposals to curb gun violence after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the National Rifle Association is more popular than the entertainment industry.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Joe Biden To Mayors: Obstacles To Gun Control Legislation ‘Not Impenetrable’  —  FOLLOW:  —  Joe Biden , Obama Gun Control, Obama Gun Violence, Biden Mayors, Biden Mayors Gun Control, World Elections In 2013, Gun Violence, Joe Biden Gun Control, Joe Biden Gun Violence, Politics News
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'
John Fund / National Review:
Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Carney: White House to pursue separate gun control bills in Congress
Jim Hoffer / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement  —  new york city, albany, gun control, new york news, jim hoffer  —  More: Bio, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Stories by Jim Hoffer, News Team  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — A troubling oversight has been found within New York State's sweeping new gun laws.
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Biden Getting an Autobiography From The Onion (Whether He Wants It or Not)  —  “Hombre, you've just done Uncle Joe a real solid buying this book,” begins the foreword to a new autobiography attributed to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “I ain't the kind of guy who forgets his debts.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I Have No Words  —  I'm not going to characterize this or say anything about it.  But I had to share it with you.  From TPM Reader PH ...
Discussion: Eschaton and CANNONFIRE
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Y'all come to Texas, state official tells New York gun owners  —  (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for New York gun owners: Come to Texas, and bring your guns with you.  —  “Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” …
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on #FastandFurious  —  Cuz, how would it look now that bronco bama is busy with trying to circumvent the 2nd Amendment? … Does.not.fit.the.gun.grab.narrative.  —  It's ironic that one of bronco bama's executive orders states …
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Obama Team to Form Agenda Group  —  In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama's vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president's second-term agenda.
Discussion: Politico
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
After Reports of User Revolt, Instagram Releases Monthly Active User Data for the First Time  —  After weeks of accusations that Instagram has seen a sharp drop in its user numbers, the photo-sharing service released new data that gives better insight into the actual number of people using the service on a regular basis.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Fox renews Karl Rove contract through 2016  —  Fox News Channel is expected to announce shortly that Karl Rove has signed a multi-year deal to remain a Fox contributor through the 2016 election.  —  The contract assures the ratings-leader cable news network that it will retain …
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Nullify ‘king’ Obama  —  Sen. Rand Paul is pledging to undo some of President Barack Obama's executive orders on guns that the Kentucky Republican believes overreach.  —  “In this bill we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation,” Rand said Wednesday on Fox's …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Criminal Charges Against Aaron Swartz (Part 2: Prosecutorial Discretion)  —  This is the second in a series of posts on the Aaron Swartz prosecution.  In my first post, I analyzed whether the charges that were brought against Swartz were justified as a matter of law.
Timothy O'Connor / Newsday:
Journal News map-listed guns, permits stolen from New City home, cops say  —  Two handguns and two pistol permits were stolen from the New City home of a man whose name and address are listed on the website of a local newspaper as possessing gun permits, police said.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Brag They Won House Majority Because Of Gerrymandering  —  In a classic Kinsley gaffe, the Republican State Leadership Committee released a report boasting that the only reason the GOP controls the House of Representatives is because they gerrymandered congressional districts in blue states.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
McDonough to be Obama's next chief of staff  —  President Obama is expected to name deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, one of his closest confidants who served in his Senate and campaign offices, as his new chief of staff, associates said.  —  Administration officials cautioned that Obama has not made a final decision.
Associated Press:
Idaho lawmaker compares abortion and prostitution  —  BOISE — A lawmaker from northern Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho if their pro-abortion rights stance also means that they support prostitution.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Obama's use of wide-eyed children to promote his gun-control proposals shows just how infantile …
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