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4:00 PM ET, January 19, 2013


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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
NRA stumbles in fight with Obama over gun-control proposals  —  Facing its toughest fight over gun reform in decades, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has stumbled out of the gate.  —  The powerful gun-lobby group responded to last month's Newtown, Conn., massacre with a defiant press conference calling …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama pushes gun control in address
Discussion: CNN
Juan Williams / The Hill:
OPINION: Gun control efforts now central to President Obama's legacy
Discussion: Daily Kos, Fox News and The PJ Tatler
Associated Press:
ALGERIAN ASSAULT ENDS CRISIS, 19 HOSTAGES DEAD  —  AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a “final assault” that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments.
Fox News:
Algeria hostage situation reportedly comes to violent end, as Panetta says much of situation remains ‘sketchy’  —  The U.S. and British defense chiefs said the hostage crisis in Algeria ended with more deaths, but that details remained unclear.  They blamed the militants who seized …
Discussion: Politico, Infowars and The Right Scoop
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Algerian stance spoils U.S. strategy for region  —  LONDON — The hostage crisis in Algeria has upended the Obama administration's strategy for coordinating an international military campaign against al-Qaeda fighters in North Africa, leaving U.S., European and African leaders even more at odds over how to tackle the problem.
Discussion: Moon of Alabama
Chelsea Clinton / CNN:
Obamas, Bidens participate in Day of Service  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden participated in a National Day of Service on Saturday, joining what event organizers say are volunteers around the country in local service projects.
Discussion: Politico
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Biden's claim of brush with gun massacre questioned
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:   Clinton Urges Participation in Service Projects
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
A minority posture for House GOP  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - House Republicans appeared to be coming to grips with a stark realization as they returned to Washington from a three-day retreat here — they have a majority in name only.  —  The party begins the 113th Congress with reduced numbers …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Receives Threats From Gun Advocates Warning Him To ‘Watch His Back’  —  Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), gun safety advocate who represents “real gun country,” told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Saturday that his office is receiving anonymous threats, warning the Congressman to watch his back.
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Heartstopping moment would-be assassin aims gun at Bulgarian opposition leader's head and pulls the trigger... but victim survives after weapon misfires  — Dramatic footage shows man storming the stage and attempting to shoot the politician from point blank range
David / Blue Mass Group:
Not how the news was supposed to go for Carmen Ortiz  —  Yesterday and today were supposed to be spectacular news days for US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: yesterday morning, hundreds of state and federal police successfully executed a massive raid on violent gangs in Boston, arresting 27 …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's No. 1 Second-Term Goal—Win Back The House  —  President Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha and Malia watch at the... View Enlarged Image  —  On the night President Obama won re-election …
Discussion: neo-neocon
New York Times:
Well-Trod Path: Political Donor to Ambassador  —  When President Obama hosted dozens of his top donors at the White House in late November for a celebratory post-election dinner of chicken and pumpkin pie, few in the room could claim to have done more to elect him than Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine.
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
Paul Krugman:
Not With A Bang But With A Whimper  —  When you're wrong, you're wrong.  I thought that by ruling out any way to bypass the debt limit, the White House was setting itself up, at least potentially, for an ignominious cave-in.  But it appears that the strategy has worked, and it's the Republicans giving up.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Alabama's Clinic Escorts Protect Women From Anti-Abortion Protesters Singing ‘Happy Birthday Dead Baby’  —  As the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision approaches, anti-abortion fervor is reaching a fever pitch in some conservative areas.  At Alabama's Women Center …
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Cynicism of Dick Morris  —  One of the architects of the anti-militia panic is now borrowing the militias' rhetoric. … The longtime political consultant Dick Morris has a new book out, and—no, wait, don't go away.  Morris may not be a thoughtful pundit or an admirable man, but he sure makes an interesting case study.
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Judy Shelton / Weekly Standard:
Money in Bad Faith  —  The depredations of the Fed.  —  The Federal Reserve is not your friend.  Whether you reside on Wall Street or Main Street, whether you are a borrower or a saver, whether you lean toward the Tea Party or the Occupy Wall Street movement—or whether you simply believe …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Power Line
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Defeats Right Wing Millionaire In NY Senate Race … Progressive Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk has been elected to the New York State Senate over former Assemblyman George Amedore (R), after a successful court challenge led to the counting of 99 previously uncounted ballots from the November elections.
Discussion: New York News and Crooks and Liars
William Wallis / Financial Times:
Mali joins list of US ‘terror’ boomerangs  —  In the long inventory of unintended consequences of America's “war on terror”, recent events in Mali must count among the most embarrassing boomerangs.  —  The country, which had little strategic value to the US before 9/11 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
German Priests Carried Out Sexual Abuse for Years
Amy Dockser Marcus / Wall Street Journal:
A Little Digging Unmasks DNA Donor Names
Brad Woodard / KHOU-TV:
Chappell Hill bank welcomes concealed handguns
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Salvagers tight-lipped on Shell vessel recovery
Discussion: Firedoglake
Todd J. Zywicki / Originals:
A Bit of Sarbanes-Oxley for Universities, Please
Discussion: Dean's World
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The real surprise in the Fed's 2007 transcripts: How much they knew, how little they understood
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Convening Authority for Military Commissions …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Aurora theater shooting: Judge OKs effort to subpoena Fox News reporter Jana Winter
Discussion: Mediaite
Neal Karlinsky / ABCNEWS:
Lance Armstrong May Have Lied to Winfrey: Investigators
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