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12:50 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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Gun Control Crowd Wants To Be Called ‘Gun Safety’ Crowd
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Strassel: The Real Gun-Control Consensus
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 and Ed Driscoll
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.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: Gingrey open to limits on mag clips, says Todd Akin was ‘partly right’  —  Schmoozing with constituents in Smyrna on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, had already made news when he said that he was open to some new restrictions on firearms.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Breaking: Jay Rockefeller to retire in 2014
Shauna Johnson / WV MetroNews:
McKinley watching Capito
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 …
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 …
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals' Emergency Rooms  —  Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City's 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
Discussion: Infowars, Balloon Juice and Vodkapundit
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan
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: The Raw Story, Gawker and Shakesville
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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David Horovitz / The Times of Israel:
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Discussion: Power Line
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to deliver State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 12
Discussion: CNN
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Long-Term Unemployed Winning Jobs Or Giving Up?
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Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Former President Bill Clinton pushes for stricter gun control during Consumer Electronics Show speech
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warner looks strong for 2014
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Near a Choice on Next Chief of Staff
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New York Times:
Hagel's Senate Confirmation Will Be Short on Old Allies
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra
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