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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 …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kelly ‘proud’ of Giffords's Senate testimony  —  Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), said Thursday he was “extremely proud” of his wife's testimony before a Senate hearing on stemming gun violence.  —  “For her to get up there ... as people can see …
Discussion: Politico
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Gayle Trotter Testimony Captivates Senate Gun Control Hearing  —  Gun Control, Video, Second Amendment, Senate Gun Control, Senate Gun Hearing, Gayle Trotter, Gayle Trotter Gun Control, Gayle Trotter Gun Rights, Gayle Trotter Senate Hearing, Women And Guns, Women Gun Control, Politics News
Jillian Rayfield / Salon:
LaPierre under fire
Discussion: Rumproast
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 …
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.
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Katie McDonough / Salon:
Tennessee “Don't Say Gay” bill would require teachers to out their students
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul: GOP must ‘evolve’ on immigration  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans must “evolve” on immigration while preventing America from becoming a magnet for immigrants to come and get benefits.  —  “We cannot just be a beacon for everyone to come here on benefits …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama expects immigration reform bill as early as June
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS clarifies exemptions from individual mandate in states that buck Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Myths of Weight Loss Are Plentiful, Researcher Says  —  If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight.  And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast fed them when they were babies.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Worth Reading  —  Here's a really meaty and interesting essay in the new and relaunched TNR about gun ownership and what gun owners want.  What Gun Owners Really Want by Walter Kirn.  —  There's a lot there.  But one point resonated with me because it's a flip side of something I was trying …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / WTOP.com:
Some families to be priced out of health overhaul  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law.  IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
What Professor Hagel Taught  —  Cyberwar and Bjorn Lomborg at Georgetown.  A former student is “disgusted” by the nomination process.  —  Before he became President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel was a professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service for three years.
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
A résumé check: Is Chuck Hagel up to the job?  —  There's not much on Chuck Hagel's résumé that screams secretary of defense.  —  He's not a former White House chief of staff, like Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld.  He never ran the CIA, like Leon Panetta or Robert Gates.
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda  —  Social injustice and “a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs”  —  1894 ad for Vin Mariani, art by Jules Cheret  —  When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene.  Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Anne Marie Chaker / Wall Street Journal:
Backyard Farming Gets Fancy  —  High-End ‘Homesteaders’ Want Pricey, Stylish Tools; The $1,300 Chicken Coop  —  Can chicken feed, canning jars and garden hoses feel chic?  —  Absolutely, say retailers cashing in on the “modern homesteader” craze.  As more urban and suburban homeowners …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
RUBIO'S AMNESTY A PATH TO OBLIVION FOR GOP  —  RESIZE:  —  Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
The Daily Caller:
In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Law Schools' Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut  —  Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that growth in economic activity paused in recent months, in large part because of weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors.  Employment has continued to expand …
New York Times:
Israeli Jets Attack Target Deep in Syria  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft weaponry on the outskirts of Damascus …
Discussion: Guardian, The Agonist and Israel Matzav
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 …
Camille Williams / Click2Houston.com:
Home invasion suspect arrested after woman opens fire  —  Suspect arrested at hospital … MAGNOLIA, Texas -  —  A home invasion suspect was arrested at a hospital after a mother shot him during the crime at a Montgomery County home, deputies said Wednesday.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Government is hurting the economy — by spending too little  —  You've heard this before: The government is holding the economy back.  And it's true.  The newly released numbers for economic growth in the fourth quarter, which show the economy shrinking at an 0.1 percent annual rate, prove that.
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 …
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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