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FROM THE BLOGS:

Senate Democrats filibuster Coburn amendment to expand gun rights
Senate Democrats blocked an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to expand gun rights, according to Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo. 

Stephen Hawking, useful idiot
Aaron Goldstein at The American Spectator's The Spectacle Blog criticizes comments made by Stephen Hawking on Palestinian-Israeli relations.

Elizabeth Warren: Students "deserve the same break that big banks get"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) explained to David Dayen new legislation she introduced Wednesday to reduce student loan debt. Read Dayen's write up at Salon.com.

Nobody has any idea what's going on in our health care system

Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest calls details in a new report on Medicare reimbursement rates "alarming."

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Obama, House Democrats talk jobs, deficit reduction

At President Obama's dinner with House Democrats on Wednesday, the discussion was mainly about job creation and deficit reduction, reports The Hill's Mike Lillis.

Lawmakers to TSA: Stop wasting money on unused scanners and equipment

A number of legislators on the House Homeland Security Committee accused the Transportation Security Administration of wasting money on unused equipment. The Hill's Keith Laing has more.