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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
*Â House Republicans are weighing a plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling for just a few months, which could shift debate over the matter into March, when Congress will face other significant fiscal decisions, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday.
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)Â said in a Wednesday night interviewÂ thatÂ Obama "doesnât have the guts" to admit he opposes the Second Amendment. "If he doesnât want the Second Amendment to be in the Constitution or if he wants to reform it, then have the guts to admit that," he said.Â Rubio also said he supports background checks for gun purchases, but the matters should be left toÂ individualÂ states.
* Vice PresidentÂ BidenÂ renewed the Obama administrationâs call for action on gun control,Â telling the U.S. Conference of MayorsÂ that the issue is âmore urgent and immediateâ than any other facing the country.Â âI know we donât have absolute unanimity in this ballroom â nor do we in any ballroom â but we all know, everyone acknowledges we have to do something,âÂ BidenÂ said.
* Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)Â pushedÂ back against a story suggesting he didÂ notÂ back an assault weapons ban.Â âI also support the principle that we should reinstate a ban on assault weapons, and I will carefully review any proposal to do that,â Franken said in a statement. The Democrat, who looks potentiallyÂ vulnerable ahead of his 2014 reelection campaign, is theÂ recipientÂ of an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:
* Obama's half brother plans to run for political office in Kenya, aÂ decisionÂ he says wasÂ inspiredÂ by the president. "When I look at the success that my brother has had in America, I feel I would have let down my people if I do not follow in his footsteps and end their suffering through dedicated, honest and focused leadership,"Â Malik Obama said.
* Before former South Carolina Republican governor Mark Sanford decided to run for Congress again, he sought input from his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, and his sons.Â âI sat down with her on the porch and said, âIf you have any thoughts about running for this, then Iâm out, because I canât think of anything more disastrous than for a husband and wife to run against each other,ââÂ he said in an interview. "I also told my boys that I wouldnât run if they didnât want me to run.â Meanwhile, newly-minted National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is staying out of the 1st District Republican race. âMy goal is after they pick that person, to win that seat,"Â he said. The seat is widely expected to stay in Republican hands.
* Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) says he plans to run forÂ reelectionÂ in 2014. He's not expected to face much of a challenge in his deeply conservative home state.
* Republican strategist Karl Rove will remain with Fox News through the 2016 election.
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