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12:20 PM ET, September 17, 2013


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Washington Post:
Navy Yard massacre should move Americans to more than sorrow  —  FOR ALL the unknowns about Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, there was a nauseating familiarity to the unfolding events: the witness accounts of chaos and fear; the plea from officials for the public's help …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Carney: Obama Implementing Executive Actions Following Navy Yard Shooting  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented “yet another mass shooting,” this time in the nation's capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
After shooting, talk turns to gun control  —  President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto a podium and lamented the deaths of a senseless mass shooting — just as he did after Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.  —  This time, his remarks came as office workers scrambled for cover …
Jonah Spangenthal-Lee / SPD Blotter:
Suspect In Navy Yard Attack Previously Arrested In Seattle For “Anger-Fueled” Shooting  —  Aaron Alexis, the man identified by Washington D.C. police as a suspect in this morning's tragic attack on a US Navy Yard, was previously arrested by Seattle police in 2004 for shooting out the tires …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)  —  The New York Daily News responded to the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard with a front page Tuesday that decried one of the weapons suspected gunman Aaron Alexis reportedly had in his possession.
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
AR-15 is the rifle for the ‘sport’ of hunting humans  —  They call semiautomatics like this sport rifles.  You bet.  Mostly for the sport of killing innocent people, and killing them fast.  —  Before Aaron Alexis took an AR-15 rifle into the Washington Navy Yard on Monday and shot 12 dead before turning the gun on himself ...
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Alleged Washington shooter served as Navy reservist, may have recently lost job
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
D.C. Navy Yard gun attack kills 12, wounds 14; alleged shooter dead, ID'd as Aaron Alexis
Reuters:   Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12
Associated Press:
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Aaron Alexis was treated for “serious mental illness”
Associated Press:
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
D.C. Gun Laws Some of the Strictest in the U.S.
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
Jacqueline Klimas / Washington Times:
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray: Sequester cuts ‘put people at risk’
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
‘AR-15 shotgun’: Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?
Discussion: Hot Air
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray: Cuts ‘put people at risk’
Ed Payne / CNN:
Navy Yard shooting: What we know and don't know
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Navy Yard shooting renews call for gun control among Dems
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Navy Yard shooting hits home
Wall Street Journal:
If House Republicans can't hold together, they have no leverage at all.  —  Perhaps the only war strategizing more inept than President Obama's on Syria are GOP plans for the budget hostilities this autumn.  Republicans are fracturing over tactics, and even over the nature of political reality …
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Movement Strikes Back  —  As the deadline to fund the federal government nears, Republican leaders are struggling mightily to come up with legislation that can pass the House.  Over the weekend, leadership staffers fired off anxious e-mails and uneasy veteran House members exchanged calls.
Discussion: The Plum Line and The New Republic
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Powerful Senate Conservatives Fund Expands To Focus On House Races
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
House Aide to Cruz Staffer: 'You're Not Dealing in Reality'
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Exclusive: Bill Daley drops bid for Illinois governor  —  In this raw Sept. 16, 2013 interview, Bill Daley explains to Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson why he is dropping out of the Illniois governor's race.  (WGN-TV)  —  Bill Daley abruptly ended his bid for the Democratic nomination …
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
New York Times:
Push for Yellen to Lead at Fed Gathers Steam  —  WASHINGTON — Janet L. Yellen told friends in recent weeks that she did not expect to be nominated as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Although she had been the Fed's vice chairman since 2010 and would make history as the first woman to hold the job …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's style on Syria needs refashioning
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA SYRIA TERRORISM ISLAMIC JIHAD AL QAEDA BOB CORKER BASHAR ASSAD  —  President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups …
Associated Press:
Costa Concordia pulled completely upright off Italy  —  Uprighted Costa Concordia is seen in waters just off Italy on Sept. 17, 2013 / CBS  —  The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side …
Discussion: The Week and Gawker
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren bounces Larry Summers as stock continues to rise  —  It looks like Harvard women got the last laugh on Larry Summers.  —  When Summers was president of Harvard, he got in trouble for suggesting that women like Liz Warren might be innately deficient in science and math.
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