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10:35 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
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
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun  —  Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun but isn't, actually, anything like a real gun.  —  This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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Corey Rangel / ABC15 Arizona:
Florence student suspended over picture of gun
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
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
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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Panetta on U.S. response to Benghazi attack: ‘This is not 9-1-1’  —  (CNN) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday that lack of intelligence information and logistical challenges made it difficult to respond quickly to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Starting a Business Is a Huge Pain  —  I've been to three offices, filed five forms, spent $200, lost a day of work—and I'm not even close to getting the simple license I need.  —  Last week, having read my own writing about how it's cheaper to buy a house than rent one in most markets, I decided to take my own advice.
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of moral grandstanding
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ABCNEWS:
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Rosa Parks, Revisited
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BBC:
French MPs endorse gay marriage
Discussion: Truthdig and Joe. My. God.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Republican Tisei will not seek Kerry's Senate seat
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U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280
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Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules
Katherine Landergan / The Boston Globe:
Harvard students linked to cheating scandal to withdraw
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