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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gabrielle Giffords' husband smacks down Wayne LaPierre  —  Perhaps the most important moment so far in today's Senate Judiciary hearing on guns came when astronaut Mark Kelly directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.
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Jillian Rayfield / Salon:
LaPierre under fire  —  Dems allege NRA “missing the point” on background checks as gun hearings grow heated  —  Predictably, one of the biggest points of contention in Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence was whether to implement universal background checks.
Discussion: Rumproast
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Durbin Hits Back At NRA's LaPierre: ‘You Missed That Point Completely’ (VIDEO)  —  After National Rifle Association exectuive vice president Wayne LaPierre insisted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday that universal background checks on firearms purchases …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Gabby Giffords's Handwritten Notes for Her Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee  —  The former U.S. representative wrote her speech in pen, and on binder paper.  —  Americans for Responsible Solutions  —  This morning, Gabby Giffords made an unannounced appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence.
Discussion: Twitchy and Mashable!
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP  —  On Wednesday, the government announced that the economy had shrunk at a 0.1 percent annual pace between October and December.  That came as a surprise to most economists, who were expecting at least modest growth.  So what happened?
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
Erick Erickson / RedState:
I Don't Like Marco Rubio's Plan  —  There.  I said it.  —  You'd be surprised how long it has taken to say this.  I've let multiple friends vet the various drafts of posts I've written on this and they all wind up arguing with each other over the details.  Is it amnesty or isn't it?
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Sen. Marco Rubio / RedState:
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration
Discussion: CNN and National Review
lauraingraham.com:
Shut Up & Blog  —  Sen. Vitter on Rubio immigration plan: ‘Amazingly naïve...’
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay  —  Tennessee's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year.  But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.
Ben Hubbard / bigstory.ap.org:
SYRIA CONFIRMS ISRAELI JETS BOMBED MILITARY SITE  —  You are here  —  Home » Israel » Syria confirms Israeli jets bombed military site  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria, foreign officials and Syrian state TV said Wednesday …
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New York Times:   Israeli Jets Attack Inside Target in Syria
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House Blames GDP Drop On Republicans  —  “It's not a game — it's the American economy,” Carney scolds.  —  Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  WASHINGTON — White House Press …
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
William ‘Mo’ Cowan is Governor Deval Patrick's pick to serve as interim US senator  —  William “Mo” Cowan is Governor Deval Patrick's choice to serve as the interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters June 25, according to a source in the governor's office.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown/Markey would start out as toss up
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Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Gayle Trotter's Ideas Will Not Keep Women Safe
Discussion: Post Politics
Keoki Kerr / Hawaii News Now:
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner  —  Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.
Scott Clement / The Fix:
President Obama's popularity surges to three-year high  —  President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Fully 60 percent of Americans …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration takes steps to implement individual mandate  —  The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.
Discussion: Daily Kos
MiamiHerald.com:
FBI wraps up raid at West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez  —  Agents with the FBI and HHS continued their search Wednesday of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves  —  The announcement that CNN is totally revamping its morning show and scrapping Soledad O'Brien's “Starting Point” has sent shivers through her staff.  —  Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today.
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC ‘reviewing’ Newtown ‘heckled’ video  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a legislative hearing in Hartford on Monday.
Jennifer Delgado / Chicago Tribune:
Girl who performed at Obama inaugural events slain on South Side  —  A 15-year-old girl who got the chance to perform in Washington for the President's inauguration was shot to death after leaving school yesterday.  —  After taking their exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and a group …
The Week:
Why I hate Twitter  —  The social sharing tool was once a vision.  Now it's a prison  —  S  —  oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Making Voting Constitutional  —  In Fairfax County, Virginia, a voter holds their voting permit and ID card at the Washington Mill Elementary School near Mount Vernon, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  Fairfax County is a Washington suburb with more than 1 million residents and is the biggest battleground …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Fox News ratings hit 12-year low  —  Fox News had its worst ratings since 2001 in January, according to the latest figures.  —  The network had a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic in primetime and fell to its lowest total day ratings since 2008, a press release from rival cable channel MSNBC stated on Tuesday.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Video Games Are ‘A Bigger Problem Than Guns,’ Says Actual U.S. Senator  —  On MSNBC today, U.S. senator Lamar Alexander (a Tennessee Republican) set a new benchmark for insanity by claiming that games are worse than guns.  —  “I think video games is a bigger problem than guns …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Truthdig
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
GOP electoral vote changes going nowhere  —  Republican proposals in swing states to change how electoral votes are allocated have set off alarms that the party is trying to rig future presidential elections.  —  But the plans are going nowhere fast.  —  In the majority of states …
Ryan Lenz / Hatewatch:
Police: Hostage Taker in Alabama Standoff Has ‘Anti-America’ Views  —  The man who ignited a hostage standoff in southern Alabama when he shot a bus driver and took a child into an underground bunker is a “survivalist” who has ties to the antigovernment movement, an official …
 
 
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
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Serbian PM flashed at during prank interview for Croatian TV
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Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
How to Vote Down Voter ID
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Bill Would Require All First Graders To Take NRA-Sponsored Gun Class
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A Pointless Amnesty  —  Illegal immigration is a curious subject …
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John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
President Obama's uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Shadowy Squads Enforce Modesty in Hasidic Brooklyn
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Obama donor Pritzker for Commerce Secretary?
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
More Heads to Roll at CNN
Discussion: TVNewser and TheBlaze.com
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dems Tout Claim: 'Best-Looking Contraction in U.S. GDP You'll Ever See'
Kevin Kiley / Inside Higher Ed:
North Carolina governor joins chorus of Republicans critical of liberal arts
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