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2:05 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.
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
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 …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
White House releases photo of Obama skeet shooting in 2012  —  The White House has released a photo of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David from August, 2012, attempting to quell a controversy that arose when Obama said that he sympathized with hunters because he frequently went shooting himself.
Talking Points Memo:
Former First Dog Barney Bush Passes Away  —  The Bush family statement, via Reuters:
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Containing Hagel  —  You don't have to be that good to fend off a committee of showboating senatorial blowhards.  Hillary Clinton demonstrated that a week or so back when she unleashed what's apparently the last word in withering putdowns: What difference does it make?  —  Quite a bit of difference it seems.
Discussion: Power Line and Cold Fury
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mark Levin Explodes: 'The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Gov't — It's Called Barack Obama'
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
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.
Discussion: Via Meadia, BBC and Business Insider
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.
New York Times:
Church Documents Released After Years of Resistance  —  LOS ANGELES — The church files are filled with outrage, pain and confusion.  There are handwritten notes from distraught mothers, accounts of furious phone calls from brothers and perplexed inquiries from the police following …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Erick Erickson / Fox News:
Senate Democrats, please listen carefully to the New York Times  —  The editors of the New York Times often come across as school girls at a Justin Bieber concert when it comes to the Democrats.  Thursday, they upped their school girl skirt just a bit more for the Democrats.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
GOP to Filibuster Obama's Consumer Watchdog Pick  —  A little more than a week after Senate Democrats decided not to weaken the filibuster, Republicans are vowing to filibuster President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless its powers are reduced, Reuters reports.
Martin Fletcher / The Times:
Iran's space monkey triumph exposed as a fake … Iran enjoyed rare triumph on Monday — the successful launch of a monkey into space.  —  The regime proclaimed it as proof that Iranian scientists could match their Western counterparts, evidence that international sanctions were ineffectual, and a stepping stone to a manned flight.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Gawker and Running Chicken
Rshibley / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
College President Personally Smacked with $50,000 Bill for Violating Constitution  —  There is great news for students from a Georgia jury today, as former Valdosta State University President Ronald Zaccari has been found liable for $50,000 in damages for unjustly kicking one of his students …
Associated Press:
Ed Koch, three-term mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dead at 88  —  NEW YORK - Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday.
Ed Koch, New York's colorful longtime former mayor, dies
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Joe. My. God.
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
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