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11:05 AM ET, January 27, 2013


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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
For The Sixth Time In One Week, Man Shot At Gun Show  —  Gun activists designated last Saturday “Gun Appreciation Day” in an attempt to highlight their opposition to gun safety laws.  The PR stunt proved to be more of an embarrassment, however, when 5 people were shot at 3 different gun shows on Gun Appreciation Day.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Samuel Knight / Washington Monthly:
Four years later, Paul Ryan wants more of the same  —  Just when I thought that the National Review Institute demonstrated that Republicans are ready to compromise, Paul Ryan outlined a somewhat apocalyptic vision of budget negotiations there on Saturday.  —  According to POLITICO, Ryan said …
Discussion: The Hill and Booman Tribune
David Rogers / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term 'won't be pretty'
Discussion: Associated Press and The PJ Tatler
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says bipartisan group ‘basically’ has deal on immigration reform
Stephen K. Bannon / BREITBART.COM:
PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'  —EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BREITBART NEWS  —  In my research for the film I made on Governor Palin, The Undefeated, I was constantly amazed at the anti-establishment stands she took at every step in her rise to power.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel  —  A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee to be secretary of defense …
Joel Stonington / Spiegel Online:
Wake-Up Call: A Disastrous Week for Carbon Trading  —  The European cap-and-trade system has slid into near meaninglessness as Germany bickers on the sidelines.  Hopes that the election in Lower Saxony might resolve the high-level bickering were misguided.  Now Europe's carbon market has hit a new low.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Ontario Gets Its First Woman Premier And Canada's First Out LGBT Premier  —  Kathleen Wynne now leads Ontario's liberal party and becomes the province's first female premier.  She also is married to a woman, making her Canada's first out LGBT premier.  —  Kathleen Wynne was elected …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama would think ‘hard’ before letting a son play football, cites head-injury fears  —  President Obama said he would have concerns as a parent allowing a son to play football because of the threat of brain injuries.  —  “I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son …
Discussion: CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama says he goes skeet shooting ‘all the time’ at Camp David  —  President Obama says he regularly skeet shoots at Camp David and called on gun-control proponents to “do a little more listening” to gun owners in the national debate over firearms.  —  In an interview with The New Republic posted …
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Selling a New Generation on Guns  —  Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Recipe for conservative revival  —  Happy days are not here again, but they are coming for conservatives.  Barack Obama — with the lowest approval rating (according to Gallup, 50 percent, four points lower than that of the National Rifle Association) of any reelected president …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Swartz didn't face prison until feds took over case, report says  —  The late Internet activist was facing a stern warning from local prosecutors.  But then the U.S. Attorney's office, run by Carmen Ortiz, chose to make an example of Aaron Swartz, a new report says.
Matt Wuerker  —  Matt Wuerker has been POLITICO's editorial cartoonist and illustrator since its launch.  In 2012, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, POLITICO's first Pulitzer win.  In 2009, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves' fingers  —  One of Iran's official press agencies published photos showing the public amputation of a thief's fingers on Wednesday.  These show a man getting his finger chopped off with a machine resembling a rotary saw.  —  WARNING: These images may shock viewers.
Eric Jones /
Senator Harkin Announces His Plans for the Future  —  Thanks Iowans for dedication during his nearly 40 years in public service - outlines full HELP Committee agenda for next two years  —  CUMMING, Iowa - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on his plans for the future …
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Roll Call
James Hohmann / Politico:
Harkin retirement: Jump ball in Iowa
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Colin Freeman / Reuters:
Revealed: how Saharan caravans of cocaine help to fund al-Qaeda in terrorists' North African domain
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jerusalem Post:
Barak: US has ‘surgical operation’ plan against Iran
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Iran: Syria's problems rooted in Zionist meddling
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Republicans' Effort To Rig Electoral College Gets National Backing
John Tierney / New York Times:
Time and Punishment: Police Have Done More Than Prisons to Cut Crime in New York
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama wants country to appreciate Hillary
Jim Angle / Fox News:
Social Security's disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits early as 2016
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler