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5:05 PM ET, February 3, 2013


 Top Items: 
Suspect arrested in murder of elite Navy SEAL sniper  —  ERATH COUNTY — 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.  —  A suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, was captured Saturday night …
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.
Ex-Navy sniper killed at Texas gun range
Associated Press:
‘American Sniper’ Author Shot and Killed in Texas
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Reportedly Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Can Bob Menendez survive?  —  In a state with a colorful history, it takes a lot for a New Jersey politician to cross the line into political toxicity.  —  Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has found himself at the center of a growing controversy, with accusations swirling of a questionable friendship …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Reid: Immigration bill will pass Senate  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday said that immigration reform was “certainly going to pass” the upper chamber.  —  “It has to get done.  We have to work hard to get it done,” said Reid in an interview aired on ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politico
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Reid predicts U.S. Congress will pass immigration legislation
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Discussion: Politico
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:   43 GOP Senators Threaten Obstruction Unless Consumer Protection Bureau Is Weakened
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.
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top Donors to Republicans Seek More 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.
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.
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Hilarity ensues as Twitter users caption and Photoshop Obama's shooting photo
Discussion: American Power and Instapundit
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Defense Secretary Panetta Admits Information from Waterboarding Led US to Bin Laden (Video)  —  Yes, waterboarding worked.  —  Today on Meet the Press Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted that information gleaned from waterboarded detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and kill him.
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.
Discussion: Via Meadia, Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Americans Closest to Retirement Were Hardest Hit by Recession  —  Young graduates are in debt, out of work and on their parents' couches.  People in their 30s and 40s can't afford to buy homes or have children.  Retirees are earning near-zero interest on their savings.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
To start, John Kerry calls Abbas, Peres
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Gore presses Obama to ‘follow through’ on climate change promises
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
In immigration debate, same-sex marriage comes to the fore
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Christina Hoff Sommers / Opinionator:
The Boys at the Back  —  Boys score as well as or better …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Dempsey: ‘No one has suggested zero’ US troops in Afghanistan post-2014
Discussion: Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Compares Gun Regulation To ‘Banning Spoons’
 Earlier Items: 
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
Corey Rangel / ABC15 Arizona:
Florence student suspended over picture of gun
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The price of moral grandstanding
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's OFA has Reagan, Clinton echoes
Bruce Rogers / Forbes:
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control
Discussion: Weasel Zippers