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7:05 AM ET, January 31, 2013


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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Durbin Hits Back At NRA's LaPierre: ‘You Missed That Point Completely’ (VIDEO)  —  After National Rifle Association exectuive vice president Wayne LaPierre insisted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday that universal background checks on firearms purchases …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gabrielle Giffords' husband smacks down Wayne LaPierre  —  Perhaps the most important moment so far in today's Senate Judiciary hearing on guns came when astronaut Mark Kelly directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.
Jillian Rayfield / Salon:
LaPierre under fire  —  Dems allege NRA “missing the point” on background checks as gun hearings grow heated  —  Predictably, one of the biggest points of contention in Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence was whether to implement universal background checks.
Discussion: Rumproast
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Gayle Trotter Testimony Captivates Senate Gun Control Hearing  —  Gun Control, Video, Second Amendment, Senate Gun Control, Senate Gun Hearing, Gayle Trotter, Gayle Trotter Gun Control, Gayle Trotter Gun Rights, Gayle Trotter Senate Hearing, Women And Guns, Women Gun Control, Politics News
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Now Requires Teachers To Inform Parents If Their Child Is Gay  —  Tennessee's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill died with the adjournment of the state assembly last year.  But now the measure is back — with new, harsher requirements.
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Tennessee “Don't Say Gay” bill would require teachers to out their students
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.  —  After surreptitiously tracking …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: GOP responsible for contracting economy  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations had prevented important defense spending.
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Cost of Obama's Regulatory Explosion
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Gabby Giffords's Handwritten Notes for Her Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee  —  The former U.S. representative wrote her speech in pen, and on binder paper.  —  Americans for Responsible Solutions  —  This morning, Gabby Giffords made an unannounced appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Natalie Jennings / Post Politics:
Gabrielle Giffords's testimony (Photo)
Discussion: Twitchy, Wonkette and Mashable!
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Notes Gabrielle Giffords Used During Her Testimony On Gun Violence
New York Times:
Israeli Jets Attack Target Deep in Syria  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft weaponry on the outskirts of Damascus …
Discussion: Guardian and Israel Matzav
Kurt Schlichter / BREITBART.COM:
IGNORE LENA DUNHAM'S ‘GIRLS’ AT YOUR OWN PERIL, CONSERVATIVES  —  There's plenty about Girls to annoy conservatives, yet this often creepy, usually skeevy, critically-acclaimed HBO series is also a test for conservatives.  —  Will we finally heed Andrew Breitbart's warnings about the importance …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration takes steps to implement individual mandate  —  The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama expects immigration reform bill as early as June  —  President Obama said Wednesday he expects an immigration reform bill will be signed into law by year's end, and possibly as early as June.  —  “I'm hopeful that this can get done, and I don't think that it should take many, many months …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Teen Performer At Inaugural Events Fatally Shot In Chicago  —  Hadiyah Pendleton, 15, was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens on Tuesday  —  Hadiya Pendleton died after she was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens on Tuesday.  Police say she wasn't the intended target.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Tornado leaves extensive damage in NW Georgia; 1 reported dead  —  At least one death and numerous injuries were reported Wednesday as storms, including a tornado, hit parts of Bartow, Gordon and other northwest Georgia counties, leaving destruction and power outages in their wake.
Discussion: This Just In, The Lede,, BBC and CNN
Martin Rogers / Yahoo! Sports:
Niners CB says openly gay players would not be welcomed on the team  —  NEW ORLEANS - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has made inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality in football just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII.  —  Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Tips His Hand Over Dems' Sequester Strategy  —  In the House of Representatives, Republicans claim they've braced themselves to let the full force of the sequester hit government programs of all kinds on March 1, defense most directly, rather than compromise with Democrats to replace …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Obama goes ‘skeet shooting all the time’?  Hardly ever, sources say  —  Jan. 29, 2013: President Obama waves to reporters as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.AP  —  News of President Obama's apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Video Games Are ‘A Bigger Problem Than Guns,’ Says Actual U.S. Senator  —  On MSNBC today, U.S. senator Lamar Alexander (a Tennessee Republican) set a new benchmark for insanity by claiming that games are worse than guns.  —  “I think video games is a bigger problem than guns …
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
RUBIO'S AMNESTY A PATH TO OBLIVION FOR GOP  —  RESIZE:  —  Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Democratic senators call for legislation on equal pay for women  —  A group of Democratic senators came to the floor Wednesday to urge the passage of a bill that would help women fight for equal pay.  —  Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.) …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves  —  The announcement that CNN is totally revamping its morning show and scrapping Soledad O'Brien's “Starting Point” has sent shivers through her staff.  —  Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
What Professor Hagel Taught  —  Cyberwar and Bjorn Lomborg at Georgetown.  A former student is “disgusted” by the nomination process.  —  Before he became President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel was a professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service for three years.
Palestinian Media Watch:
Venomous Antisemitism published by European funded Ma'an  —  Venomous Antisemitism published by Palestinian Ma'an News Agency  —  funded by  —  Danish, Dutch and UK governments and the EU, UNDP, and UNESCO  —  “[The Jews] feel inferior to the nations and societies in which they live …
Keoki Kerr / Hawaii News Now:
EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner  —  Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.
Sen. Marco Rubio / RedState:
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration  —  I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick's post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed.  Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate …
Arizona Republic:
3 shot at Phoenix office building  —  FONT:  —  The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team  —  Three people suffered gunshot wounds during a shooting at an office complex in north-central Phoenix Wednesday morning, officials said.  —  Three others were transported to area hospitals …
Discussion: Slate, The Raw Story, KASW-TV and Gawker
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Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Gayle Trotter's Ideas Will Not Keep Women Safe
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Biden defends new foreign policy team in interview with CNN
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Government Gave 4,317 Aliens 2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
Discussion: protein wisdom
Bella Battle / The Sun:
Serbian PM flashed at during prank interview for Croatian TV
Discussion: Gawker
Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
How to Vote Down Voter ID
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Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Politico and NewsBusters blogs
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
President Obama's uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Making Voting Constitutional