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12:35 AM ET, January 31, 2013

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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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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 …
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
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.
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?
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracts in Fourth Quarter
New York Times:
U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter
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.
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Natalie Jennings / Post Politics:
Gabrielle Giffords's testimony (Photo)
Discussion: Twitchy, Wonkette and Mashable!
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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Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Gayle Trotter's Ideas Will Not Keep Women Safe
Discussion: Post Politics and msnbc.com
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 Target Deep in Syria
nbcchicago.com:
Teen Performer At Inaugural Events Fatally Shot In Chicago  —  Hadiyah Pendleton, 15, was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens on Tuesday  —  Hadiya Pendleton died after she was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens on Tuesday.  Police say she wasn't the intended target.
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Jennifer Delgado / Chicago Tribune:
Girl who performed at Obama inaugural events slain on South Side
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: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
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.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.  —  After surreptitiously tracking …
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
Discussion: Politico, msnbc.com and Ballot Box
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Tips His Hand Over Dems' Sequester Strategy  —  In the House of Representatives, Republicans claim they've braced themselves to let the full force of the sequester hit government programs of all kinds on March 1, defense most directly, rather than compromise with Democrats to replace …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama expects immigration reform bill as early as June  —  President Obama said Wednesday he expects an immigration reform bill will be signed into law by year's end, and possibly as early as June.  —  “I'm hopeful that this can get done, and I don't think that it should take many, many months …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Martin Rogers / Yahoo! Sports:
Niners CB says openly gay players would not be welcomed on the team  —  NEW ORLEANS - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has made inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality in football just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII.  —  Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver …
Kurt Schlichter / BREITBART.COM:
IGNORE LENA DUNHAM'S ‘GIRLS’ AT YOUR OWN PERIL, CONSERVATIVES  —  There's plenty about Girls to annoy conservatives, yet this often creepy, usually skeevy, critically-acclaimed HBO series is also a test for conservatives.  —  Will we finally heed Andrew Breitbart's warnings about the importance …
Discussion: alicublog, Ed Driscoll and Wizbang
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Obama goes ‘skeet shooting all the time’?  Hardly ever, sources say  —  Jan. 29, 2013: President Obama waves to reporters as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.AP  —  News of President Obama's apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Sen. Marco Rubio / RedState:
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration  —  I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick's post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed.  Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate …
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 …
ProPublica:
Obama's Flip-Flops on Money in Politics: A Brief History  —  When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the announcement set off a familiar round of griping from campaign finance reformers.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
President Obama's uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge  —  Obama leaving the John F. Kennedy Federal Building after the hearing  —  A Boston judge today set a Dec. 3 deportation hearing for President Obama's uncle, Onyango Obama, to determine whether he should be forced to return to his native Kenya.
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
 
 
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Center for American Progress' Christie Hefner: Climate change a factor in Chicago's murder rate
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
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Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Government Gave 4,317 Aliens 2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
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Serbian PM flashed at during prank interview for Croatian TV
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Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
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