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11:35 AM ET, February 3, 2013


 Top Items: 
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 …
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested  —  A man is under arrest in connection with the killing of two men at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said.  —  One of the victims is reportedly former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Chris Kyle.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
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.
Famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle slain at gun range in N. Texas  —  GLEN ROSE, Texas — A former U.S. Navy SEAL who gained recognition during the Iraq War was one of two people fatally shot southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday, KHOU 11 News has learned.  —  Sources close to the investigation identified …
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 …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:   43 GOP Senators Threaten Obstruction Unless Consumer Protection Bureau Is Weakened
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:   Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue
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 …
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 …
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
Sooper Skeet Shoot NON-Photoshop!!  —  As per the very strict instructions of the White House, I present to you their evidence that president mompants does indeed “shoot skeet all the time':  —  I don't think he could shoot in that get up unless he was really comfortable with it, right?  —  UPDATE!!!
Larry O'Connor / BREITBART.COM:
White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic
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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of moral grandstanding  —  Politics becomes amusing when liberalism becomes theatrical with high-minded gestures.  Chicago's government, which is not normally known for elevated thinking, is feeling so morally upright and financially flush that it proposes to rise above the banal business …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Panetta on U.S. response to Benghazi attack: ‘This is not 9-1-1’  —  (CNN) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday that lack of intelligence information and logistical challenges made it difficult to respond quickly to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year.
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Out of Ammo  —  I really, really wanted to shoot today, but wasn't able to.  Why, you might ask?  Was I backed up with work?  Nope.  Did I have a long list of chores to do, to stay in my wife's good graces?  Nope.  I was free as a bird.  But I couldn't shoot because …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama aims OFA where Reagan, Clinton failed  —  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
Robert Watts / Telegraph:
Conservative party ripped apart by gay marriage vote  —  The full scale of this week's revolt by Conservative MPs against David Cameron's plans to introduce same-sex marriage became clear on Saturday.  —  The Roman Catholic Church has launched a final push against the Government's plans for gay marriage
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and American Power
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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: The Mahablog and Hullabaloo
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Rosa Parks, Revisited
Discussion: Washington Monthly
French MPs endorse gay marriage
Discussion: Truthdig and Joe. My. God.
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Republican Tisei will not seek Kerry's Senate seat
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules
Katherine Landergan / The Boston Globe:
Harvard students linked to cheating scandal to withdraw
Discussion: The Hill
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will support Hagel nomination
Discussion: CNN and The Hill