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12:05 PM ET, January 11, 2013


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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House gun plan: An end run around the NRA  —  President Barack Obama is trying an end run around the NRA — rallying groups as varied as churches, medical organizations, retailers and the Rotary Club to build support for new gun regulations.  —  It's an unusual strategy …
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown
Peter H. Stone / The Huffington Post:
NRA Gun Control Crusade Reflects Firearms Industry Financial Ties
Discussion: American Prospect
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Gun Control Crowd Wants To Be Called ‘Gun Safety’ Crowd
Los Angeles Times:   Obama gun plan may feature background checks on all buyers
Nra-Ila / NRA-ILA News:
Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force Meeting
Justin Sink / The Hill:
NRA criticizes White House on guns; Biden gives broad hints on policy
Discussion:, The Hill, Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   Obama Near a Choice on Next Chief of Staff
Washington Post:
Biden sees emerging accord on ‘universal background checks’ for gun buyers
John Bresnahan / Politico:
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller won't run in 2014  —  Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not run for reelection in 2014, passing up a bid for a sixth term and putting in play a Senate seat in deep red West Virginia.  —  In an interview with POLITICO, Rockefeller …
Shauna Johnson / WV MetroNews:
McKinley watching Capito
Discussion: Post Politics, The Fix and Ballot Box
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Coins Against Crazies  —  So, have you heard the one about the trillion-dollar coin?  It may sound like a joke.  But if we aren't ready to mint that coin or take some equivalent action, the joke will be on us — and a very sick joke it will be, too.  —  Let's talk for a minute …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Bachmann still hasn't paid presidential campaign staffers  —  Five Iowa staffers say they've waited 375 days for payment, but refuse to sign the gag order the campaign demands  —  Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers …
Christian Newswire:
Michele Bachmann Refuses to Pay Iowa Presidential Staffers After 375 Days  —  Contact: Peter E Waldron, 727-415-7189,;  —  Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former presidential candidate and a leader of the Tea Party Caucus in the House …
Jon Gillooly /
Gingrey speaks out on the issue of ‘legitimate rape’ and guns  —  SMYRNA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) tackled such sensitive topics as gun reform, abortion and rape during the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast which took place Thursday at the Smyrna Community Center.
Lesbian couple: Restaurant owner hands them letter condemning homosexuality  —  NEW BERN -  —  A lesbian couple said an owner of a restaurant handed them a letter condemning homosexuality as they were walking out of the building.  —  Ariel and Shawnee McPhail said they went into The Stingray Café …
Men armed with rifles walk through Portland to ‘educate’  —  Two men carrying assault rifles on their backs said they were simply exercising their Second Amendment right, but police said they scared plenty of people.  —  Calls started coming in to 911 dispatchers shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Discussion: Shakesville and The Raw Story
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE BAGMEN ARE UPON US  —  People Got No Jobs.  People Got No Money.  As near as I can tell, the group just went down to the Old Deficit Scolds Home and cleaned out the hiring hall.  Sam Nunn, for example, has been a pest since half-past forever. … And it's necessary to point out that …
Los Angeles Times:
Teen shoots high school student before being disarmed by teacher  —  A 16-year-old is in critical but stable condition in shooting at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield.  'There's blood everywhere,' a student told her mother.  —  Tyler Smith, 18, left, weeps after reuniting …
Jim DeMint / Washington Post:
Conservative ideas need a new message  —  Jim DeMint represented South Carolina in the Senate from 2005 to 2013 and in the House from 1999 to 2005.  —  The U.S. Senate reached an all-time low — a hard mark to achieve — last week as I said my goodbyes to rejoin the real world.
Hagel's hopes hinge on Schumer  —  Chuck Schumer is quietly letting out the word: He's far from sold that Chuck Hagel will be a staunch advocate of Israel.  —  And it's his vote that counts.  —  Schumer, the most powerful Jewish Democrat in Congress, has been noncommittal in his public statements on Hagel's nomination.
Talking Points Memo:
Yeager Releases 2nd Video: No Murders 'Unless It's Necessary'  —  James Yeager, the Tennessee firearms instructor who made waves when he posted a video online threatening to “start killing people” if the White House issues an executive order on gun control, released a second video Thursday …
Unhinged Tactical Response CEO Threatens to ‘Start Killing People’ Over Obama's Gun Control
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to deliver State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 12  —  President Obama will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address on February 12.  —  The State of the Union will come a few weeks after Obama is inaugurated for a second term, and is a little later as a result.
Discussion: CNN
Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Former President Bill Clinton pushes for stricter gun control during Consumer Electronics Show speech  —  ‘I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts,’ the Arkansas native said.  ‘Why does anybody need a 30 round clip for a gun?’  —  Bill Clinton spoke in support …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Governor of Colorado Calls for Stricter Controls on Gun Sales
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warner looks strong for 2014
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Phillip Klein: Setting realistic expectations for Obama's second term
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Gov. Scott Walker proposes cutting income taxes
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Perry: New York governor envies Texas economy
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Lawsuit Alleges Cronyism In Obama Administration “Green Energy” Loans
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Wonkette