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6:40 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama pushes gun control in address
Discussion: CNN and The Democratic Daily
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.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Algerian stance spoils U.S. strategy for region
Discussion: Moon of Alabama
Private sales at gun show on hold after three hurt in accidental shooting  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Officials said the Dixie Gun and Knife Show will continue Sunday without private gun sales after three people, including a retired sheriff's deputy, were injured Saturday when a gun brought …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: 4 People Shot At 3 Different Gun Shows On Gun Appreciation Day  —  If the gun advocates behind this year's inaugural Gun Appreciation Day had hoped to use the day's festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year.
Discussion: WEWS-TV, WISH-TV and Associated Press
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
Poor Richard's News:
What the heck?  CNN “journalist” has been writing letters to Obama every day of his first term.  —  This has got to be one of the strangest things I've read in a long time.  One of CNN's political corespondents began writing President Obama letters on his inauguration day and has written …
Tom Foreman / CNN:
My last letter to the president
Wendy Button / New York Times:
Please Take Away My Right to a Gun  —  A FEW years ago, I awoke at 2:30 a.m. to more than a “rapping, rapping at my chamber door.”  It was a full-force pounding of a body trying to break into my little house in Washington, D.C. It was the sound and scenario that, as a single woman living alone, I feared more than spiders in the house.
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.
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum Blames Gay Marriage, Abortion And Porn Ideals On College Indoctrination  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rick Santorum, Rick Santorum Marriage, Rick Santorum Abortion, Rick Santorum College, Rick Santorum College Indoctrination, Rick Santorum Gay Marriage, Rick Santorum Gay Rights, Rick Santorum Pornography, College News
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
Associated Press:
Clinton Urges Participation in Service Projects
Discussion: Politico
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Biden's claim of brush with gun massacre questioned
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
No, Sidwell Friends School has no armed guards  —  The National Rifle Association is airing a television ad (and has on its website this four-minute video) that says the private school that President Obama's daughters attend, Sidwell Friends School, has 11 armed guards.  It doesn't.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Utah Man Carries Rifle Into JC Penney To Defend Against ‘Criminals, Cartels, Drug Lords’ and ‘Evil Men’  —  A man in Utah was photographed at a JC Penney carrying around an unloaded version of the gun used in the Newtown tragedy to prove that guns aren't as dangerous as they're portrayed.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' and BuzzFeed
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 …
Associated Press:
Report: Gaga to perform  —  WASHINGTON — Watch out Beyonce and Katy Perry.  There's another diva set to performing during the inauguration festivities — Lady Gaga.  —  A person familiar with the inauguration tells The Associated Press that the pop star will perform at Tuesday's ball for White House staffers.
Discussion: Jezebel
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
‘Taxation Without Representation’ plates on Obama motorcade  —  President Obama's motorcade sported “Taxation Without Representation” license plates for the first time on Saturday.  —  As part of the National Day of Service kicking of a weekend of inaugural events, the president has traveled …
Discussion: Politico and The Impolitic
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
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Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
German Priests Carried Out Sexual Abuse for Years
William Wallis / Financial Times:
Mali joins list of US ‘terror’ boomerangs
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
Jesse Walker / Reason:
The Cynicism of Dick Morris
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Judy Shelton / Weekly Standard:
Money in Bad Faith
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Defeats Right Wing Millionaire In NY Senate Race
Discussion: New York News and Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Well-Trod Path: Political Donor to Ambassador
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
Todd J. Zywicki / Originals:
A Bit of Sarbanes-Oxley for Universities, Please
Discussion: Dean's World
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?