— Hawaiian Sen. Daniel Inouye has died. Let us recall that he once pried a grenade out of his own severed hand and used it to knock out  a German machine gun position in World War II. 

— James Fallow (and one of his readers) on gun control.

— Jill LePore on the fight over the meaning of the Second Amendment.

— For Canadian politics aficionados: How the liberal party lost Mark Carney. 

— The Obama administration has approved nine health exchanges, and has10 applications still pending.

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