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1:05 PM ET, February 3, 2013


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Jason Whitely / WFAA-TV:
Elite Navy SEAL slain in Erath County; suspect arrested  —  Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who became known as the deadliest U.S. sniper, was one of two men murdered on Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Erath County.  —  Three sources confirmed to News 8 that Kyle …
Fox News:
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle fatally shot at Texas shooting range  —  Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, was one of two people fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range Saturday, Texas Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News.
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Associated Press:
‘American Sniper’ Author Shot and Killed in Texas
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Republicans renew blockade of Obama's Consumer Bureau pick  —  Senate Republicans are renewing their vow to block any nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unless major changes are made to its structure.  —  In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday …
George Stephanopoulos / Reuters:
Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:   43 GOP Senators Threaten Obstruction Unless Consumer Protection Bureau Is Weakened
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Discussion: Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Host Calls Out NRA Chief: 'That's Ridiculous And You Know It, Sir' (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace called out National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday for arguing that President Obama's children live under the same threats to their security as all other school children.
Discussion:, Business Insider and Gawker
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
NRA chief: Public cannot ‘trust’ White House on gun control  —  The head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) said Sunday the public should not trust the White House to pursue limited changes to gun-control laws.  —  Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the NRA, accused the Obama administration …
Talking Points Memo:
LaPierre: Obama Wants To Take Your Rifle, Shotgun, Handgun  —  Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, argued that President Obama wants to take the rifles, shotguns and handguns away from law-abiding citizens, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Conservative groups mock Crossroads effort  —  Two powerful conservative groups reacted with scorn Sunday to a newly unveiled American Crossroads initiative, dubbed the Conservative Victory Project, that plans to work against Republican primary candidates it views as unelectable.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Starting a Business Is a Huge Pain  —  I've been to three offices, filed five forms, spent $200, lost a day of work—and I'm not even close to getting the simple license I need.  —  Last week, having read my own writing about how it's cheaper to buy a house than rent one in most markets, I decided to take my own advice.
J.R. Dunn /
Seven Reasons Why it's a Photoshop  —  I'm sure we've all seen by now the “photo op” of President Obama shooting skeet.  If he's shooting skeet then I'm Daffy Duck.  —  Skeet [clay disks of bright colors] are thrown by a machine from two towers erected to the right and left of the shooter.
Mohammad Alyousei / English:
“Burkas for babies”: Saudi cleric's new fatwa causes controversy  —  A Saudi cleric has called for all female babies to be fully covered by wearing the face veil, commonly known as the burka, citing reports of little girls being sexually molested.  —  In a TV interview on the Islamic Al-Majd TV …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Compares Gun Regulation To ‘Banning Spoons’  —  In an exchange on ABC's This Week this morning with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) was outraged that lawmakers reacted to the mass murder of school children by an armed gunman by trying …
Corey Rangel / ABC15 Arizona:
Florence student suspended over picture of gun  —  FLORENCE, AZ - A high school student in Florence said he has been suspended because of a picture of a gun.  —  Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun
New York Times:
Dangerous Gun Myths  —  The debate over what to do to reduce gun violence in America hit an absurd low point on Wednesday when a Senate witness tried to portray a proposed new ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines as some sort of sexist plot that would disproportionately hurt vulnerable women and their children.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's OFA has Reagan, Clinton echoes  —  President Barack Obama's decision to transform his campaign into the freestanding lobbying group “Organizing for Action” is groundbreaking in many ways — but the idea of creating an outside organization to put pressure on Capitol Hill dates back at least to Ronald Reagan.
Fox News:
Sheriff thanks suspect for taking care of boy held hostage, as Alabama standoff continues  —  MIDLAND CITY, ALA. - The Alabama mother of the 5-year-old boy held hostage in an underground bunker for six days is ‘hanging on by a thread,’ said a local politician who visited the woman.
Discussion: Viral Read
Bob Owens:
Red-handed: Associated Press caught inserting “assault rifle” into Alabama hostage standoff
Discussion: Viral Read
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Dempsey: ‘No one has suggested zero’ US troops in Afghanistan post-2014
Discussion: Politico
Renita D. Young / Reuters:
Chicago marchers urge Obama to come home to address gun violence
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
This gun rights backer, armed with his Glock and his blog, is always on alert
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Mahablog
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Panetta on U.S. response to Benghazi attack: ‘This is not 9-1-1’
Discussion: Politico
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of moral grandstanding
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Rosa Parks, Revisited
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Watts / Telegraph:
Conservative party ripped apart by gay marriage vote
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and American Power
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Republican Tisei will not seek Kerry's Senate seat
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Out of Ammo  —  I really, really wanted to shoot today, but wasn't able to.