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12:30 AM ET, January 20, 2013


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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: The Impolitic and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Man accidentally shot outside gun show
Discussion: The Raw Story and Associated Press
Nicole DeChant / WEWS-TV:
A man was shot at the Medina County gun show Saturday afternoon
Discussion: Gawker
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
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Ahmed Dogan Assassination Attempt: Gunman Aims Gun At Bulgarian Politician's Head (PHOTO, VIDEO)  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Ahmed Dogan, Ahmed Dogan Shot In Head, Ahmed Dogan Assassination, Ahmed Dogan Assassination Attempt, Ahmed Dogan Gunman, Ahmed Dogan Shot, World News
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Byron Tau / Politico:
Bill Clinton to Democrats: Don't trivialize gun culture  —  Former President Bill Clinton warned a group of top Democratic donors at a private Saturday meeting not to underestimate the passions that gun control stirs among many Americans.  —  “Do not patronize the passionate supporters …
Discussion: American Power
David Maraniss / Washington Post:
A new term, a new Obama  —  David Maraniss, an associate editor of The Post, is the author of “Barack Obama: The Story” and “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton.”  —  At noon Sunday, after taking a private oath, Barack Obama begins his second term as the most visible public figure in the world.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Wire
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.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Algeria Begins ‘Final Assault’ on Gas Field; 7 Hostages Reported Killed
Discussion: Blog Summaries
Fox News:   Algeria hostage situation reportedly comes to violent end, as Panetta says much of situation remains ‘sketchy’
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Algerian stance spoils U.S. strategy for region
Discussion: Moon of Alabama
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.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Katy Perry brings ‘Fireworks’ to kids at inauguration concert  —  (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama, a pop culture icon in her own right, shared the stage Saturday night with some star power that rivaled her.  —  She appeared at the Kids' Inaugural Ball alongside pop stars Katy Perry, Usher and the cast of “Glee.”
Discussion: Associated Press
Chelsea Clinton / CNN:
Obamas, Bidens participate in Day of Service
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Associated Press:
Clinton Urges Participation in Service Projects
Discussion: Politico
David R. Henderson / Wall Street Journal:
When the Rain Came Down  —  A masterful account of how the housing crisis and credit crunch nearly brought down the economy  —  Alan S. Blinder is one of America's leading economists.  One of the few economists who write really well, he is also a master storyteller.
Discussion: EconLog
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Opinionator:
Inequality Is Holding Back The Recovery  —  The re-election of President Obama was like a Rorschach test, subject to many interpretations.  In this election, each side debated issues that deeply worry me: the long malaise into which the economy seems to be settling, and the growing divide between …
Kyle Balluck / Blog Summaries:
Reports: Oklahoma freshman threatened  —  Authorities are investigating death threats against Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), according to an aide to the freshman congressman.  —  Mullin's chief of staff, Karl Ahlgren, said that Mullin and his family are being protected, the Associated Press reported.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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: Hot Air and The Democratic Daily
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
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Associated Press:
2013 Inauguration: Lady Gaga to perform at inaugural ball, according to AP source
Cavan Sieczkowski / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum Blames Gay Marriage, Abortion And Porn Ideals On College Indoctrination
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
‘Taxation Without Representation’ plates on Obama motorcade
Discussion: The Impolitic and Politico
Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
German Priests Carried Out Sexual Abuse for Years
William Wallis / Financial Times:
Mali joins list of US ‘terror’ boomerangs
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Receives Threats From Gun Advocates Warning Him To ‘Watch His Back’
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
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's No. 1 Second-Term Goal—Win Back The House
Discussion: neo-neocon
Judy Shelton / Weekly Standard:
Money in Bad Faith
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Power Line
Crimesider / Associated Press:
Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, indicted on 21 corruption charges
New York Times:
Well-Trod Path: Political Donor to Ambassador
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine