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10:20 AM ET, February 3, 2013

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Jason Whitely / WFAA-TV:
Elite Navy SEAL slain in Erath County; suspect arrested  —  Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who became known as the deadliest U.S. sniper, was one of two men murdered on Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Erath County.  —  Three sources confirmed to News 8 that Kyle …
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KHOU-TV:
Famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle slain at gun range in N. Texas  —  GLEN ROSE, Texas — A former U.S. Navy SEAL who gained recognition during the Iraq War was one of two people fatally shot southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday, KHOU 11 News has learned.  —  Sources close to the investigation identified …
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested  —  A man is under arrest in connection with the killing of two men at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said.  —  One of the victims is reportedly former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Chris Kyle.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Republicans renew blockade of Obama's Consumer Bureau pick  —  Senate Republicans are renewing their vow to block any nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unless major changes are made to its structure.  —  In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday …
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
43 GOP Senators Threaten Obstruction Unless Consumer Protection Bureau Is Weakened  —  When the Dodd-Frank financial reform law first passed, Senate Republicans refused to confirm a director for the newly-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  They promised to block any nominee …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue  —  Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told me during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans and Democrats to avoid the looming sequester must …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts …
Larry O'Connor / BREITBART.COM:
White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic  —  The White House has released a picture purporting to show President Obama “skeet shooting” at Camp David.  An activity he claims he does “all the time.”  —  The White House also warns all you mischievous internet types to not mess around with the picture:
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John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA FOLLOWS OBAMA'S ORDERS TO MOCK SKEET-GATE SKEPTICS
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama aims OFA where Reagan, Clinton failed  —  President Barack Obama's decision to transform his campaign into the freestanding lobbying group “Organizing for Action” is groundbreaking in many ways — but the idea of creating an outside organization to put pressure on Capitol Hill dates back at least to Ronald Reagan.
Fox News:
Sheriff thanks suspect for taking care of boy held hostage, as Alabama standoff continues  —  MIDLAND CITY, ALA. - The Alabama mother of the 5-year-old boy held hostage in an underground bunker for six days is ‘hanging on by a thread,’ said a local politician who visited the woman.
Discussion: Viral Read
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Bob Owens:
Red-handed: Associated Press caught inserting “assault rifle” into Alabama hostage standoff
Discussion: Viral Read
Omaha World-Herald:
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy issues resignation  —  LINCOLN — Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned his post abruptly Saturday after questions were raised by The World-Herald about improper cell phone calls to four women, other than his wife, during the past four years.  —  An investigation …
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Associated Press:
Nebraska Lt. Gov. Sheehy resigns from office
Discussion: CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Out of Ammo  —  I really, really wanted to shoot today, but wasn't able to.  Why, you might ask?  Was I backed up with work?  Nope.  Did I have a long list of chores to do, to stay in my wife's good graces?  Nope.  I was free as a bird.  But I couldn't shoot because …
Robert Watts / Telegraph:
Conservative party ripped apart by gay marriage vote  —  The full scale of this week's revolt by Conservative MPs against David Cameron's plans to introduce same-sex marriage became clear on Saturday.  —  The Roman Catholic Church has launched a final push against the Government's plans for gay marriage
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and American Power
Mohammad Alyousei / Alarabiya.net English:
“Burkas for babies”: Saudi cleric's new fatwa causes controversy  —  A Saudi cleric has called for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil, commonly known as the burka, citing reports of little girls being sexually molested.  —  In a TV interview on the Islamic Al-Majd TV …
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will support Hagel nomination  —  Sen. Mike Johanns said Saturday he will support Chuck Hagel's nomination for U.S. secretary of defense.  —  The statement came after a bruising Thursday confirmation hearing in which Johanns' fellow Senate Republicans grilled Hagel on his ideas for foreign policy and defense.
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of moral grandstanding
ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Rosa Parks, Revisited
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BBC:
French MPs endorse gay marriage
Discussion: Truthdig and Joe. My. God.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Republican Tisei will not seek Kerry's Senate seat
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules
Katherine Landergan / The Boston Globe:
Harvard students linked to cheating scandal to withdraw
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Another Reset With Russia in Obama's Second Term
Discussion: Via Meadia and JustOneMinute