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3:20 PM ET, September 17, 2013


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Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly  —  Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard  —  (CNN) — It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.  —  A U.S. law enforcement official …
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 ...
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 …
New York Times:
Signs of Mental Illness Seen in Navy Gunman for Decade  —  WASHINGTON — The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday had exhibited signs of mental illness dating back more than a decade, including a recent episode in which he complained …
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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Expanded background checks might have prevented Navy Yard tragedy
Abby Ohlheiser / The Atlantic Wire:
Watch Dr. Janis Orlowski's Moving Plea Against Gun Violence After Navy Yard Shootings
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Post-Navy Yard, no new guns push from Joe Manchin
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Exclusive: Navy Yard Dropped Its Guard, Pentagon Inspector General Says
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:   ‘AR-15 shotgun’: Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Alleged Navy Yard gunman had checkered military career, officials say
Discussion: NPR and Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Reuters:   Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12
Associated Press:
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Aaron Alexis was treated for “serious mental illness”
Discussion: National Review
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
D.C. Navy Yard gun attack kills 12, wounds 14; alleged shooter dead, ID'd as Aaron Alexis
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
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
House Aide to Cruz Staffer: 'You're Not Dealing in Reality'
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.
New York Times:
Push for Yellen to Lead at Fed Gathers Steam
With Summers, the Left Takes a Scalp
CBO's Publications:
The 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing federal debt to soar.  Federal debt held by the public is now about 73 percent of the economy's annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP).
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.
United States Department of Labor:
Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers by US Labor Department  —  Nearly two million home health and personal care workers to benefit  —  WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a promise by President Obama to ensure that direct care workers receive a fair day's pay for a fair day's work …
Discussion: Wonkblog
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
U.S. to Include Home Care Workers in Wage and Overtime Law
Discussion: emptywheel
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Embattled Syria ‘Expert’ Elizabeth O'Bagy Says She Made ‘Many Mistakes’  —  Her research on Syria influenced key lawmakers—but ‘Dr.’ Elizabeth O'Bagy wasn't who she said she was.  For the first time, she tells Josh Rogin that she was never even in a Ph.D. program.
Paul Krugman:
They Have Made A Desert, And Called It Reform  —  It was, I suppose, predictable that Europe's austerians would claim vindication at the first hint of an upturn.  Still, Wolfgang Schäuble's piece in the FT, in which he claims complete vindication because Europe has had one, count it …
Discussion: Financial Times and Brad DeLong
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington  —  Washington (CNN) - With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.
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
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Benghazi, as seen from the grassy knoll  —  Why do people claim that the Benghazi scandal is “phony”?  —  To answer that, let's check in with the people fanning the controversy.  They assembled Monday morning at the Heritage Foundation, convened by a conservative group to listen to Rep. Frank Wolf …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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