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5:45 PM ET, February 2, 2013


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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun  —  This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun:  —  “President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza),” the caption reads.
Larry O'Connor / BREITBART.COM:
White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic  —  The White House has released a picture purporting to show President Obama “skeet shooting” at Camp David.  An activity he claims he does “all the time.”  —  The White House also warns all you mischievous internet types to not mess around with the picture:
MEDIA FOLLOWS OBAMA'S ORDERS TO MOCK SKEET-GATE SKEPTICS  —  Some of you younger folks might not remember this, but there was a time when the media questioned Power.  No, really, once upon a time, the media saw it as its duty to be forever questioning and skeptical of Power, especially when Power was in pursuit of more power.
New York Times:
President Claims Shooting as a Hobby, and the White House Offers Evidence  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama mentioned last week that he had picked up a new hobby — skeet shooting at Camp David — it was a surprising disclosure by a president whose main identification with guns these days …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
W.H. releases Obama skeet shooting photo  —  The White House, succumbing to skeptics, releases a photo Saturday of President Barack Obama skeet shooting.  —  The president told The New Republic in a recent interview that he goes skeet shooting “all the time.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House releases photo of Obama skeet shooting in 2012
Associated Press:
Nebraska Lt. Gov. Sheehy resigns from office  —  LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned Saturday after “breaking the public trust,” Gov. Dave Heineman said.  —  Heineman announced Sheehy's resignation in a hastily called news conference Saturday morning.
Discussion: CNN
Omaha World-Herald:
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy issues resignation  —  LINCOLN — Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned his post abruptly Saturday after questions were raised by The World-Herald about improper cell phone calls to four women, other than his wife, during the past four years.  —  An investigation …
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Hill
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will support Hagel nomination  —  Sen. Mike Johanns said Saturday he will support Chuck Hagel's nomination for U.S. secretary of defense.  —  The statement came after a bruising Thursday confirmation hearing in which Johanns' fellow Senate Republicans grilled Hagel on his ideas for foreign policy and defense.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination  —  Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) reportedly announced Saturday that he will support former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination to become Secretary of Defense.  —  The Lincoln Journal Star  —  reported that Johanns would become the second Republican senator …
Discussion: CNN
Martin Luther King Jr. High School coach shoots attackers  —  (WXYZ) - Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.
Katherine Landergan / The Boston Globe:
Harvard students linked to cheating scandal to withdraw  —  In an apparent disclosure about the Harvard cheating scandal, a top university official said Friday that more than half of the Harvard students investigated by a college board have been ordered to withdraw from the school.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan V. Last / Wall Street Journal:
America's Baby Bust  —  The nation's falling fertility rate is the root cause of many of our problems.  And it's only getting worse.  —  For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country's brutal one-child policy.  Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions.
Video of protester stripped and beaten fires Egypt fury  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - After eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people, a video of one demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with truncheons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book … Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.  —  Corporate Intelligence reviewed preliminary galleys of Schmidt's new book, “The New Digital Age,” (Random House) which debuts in April.
Nick Gillespie / Wall Street Journal:
A Lesson From the Scouts' Own Book  —  The Boy Scouts of America are in the news again, for the only thing they ever seem to be in the news for anymore: their attitudes toward homosexuals.  —  Next week, the Scouts will hold a vote that's widely expected to end the blanket ban on gays joining as members or holding adult leadership.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Former Minneapolis FBI director attacks Jones' ATF nomination  —  Former head of local FBI office, in letter to Senate panel, denounced work of U.S. attorney.  —  A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Power Line
John Drescher / Raleigh News & Observer:
Baker Tilly retracts key finding in UNC report  —  The accounting firm that worked with former Gov. Jim Martin in investigating academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill last week dropped one of their key findings.  —  Martin had said athletic officials and academic support officials raised questions …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Is Turkey urging Syria to retaliate Israeli strike?  —  En route to conference in presence of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Turkish foreign minister slams Syria's inaction after alleged Israeli strike: Why can't Assad do anything against Israel?; says his country will not stand by when a Muslim country is attacked
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Another Reset With Russia in Obama's Second Term  —  MOSCOW — Four years ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. used an audience of world leaders at an annual security conference in Munich to propose a “reset” with Russia, the Obama administration's first big foreign policy statement.
Discussion: Via Meadia and JustOneMinute
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Jobless Recovery Continues Unabated  —  Economy: So the economy created 157,000 new payroll jobs in January.  Wow.  At this rate, we might actually get back down to Bush-era unemployment rates sometime, oh, within the next 100 years.  —  The January jobs report is supposed to be good news.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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