How the NRA is winning: “It’s easy to think that in the wake of Wayne LaPierre’s angry press conference and the National Rifle Association’s tin-eared web video on President Obama’s daughters that the NRA is losing — and losing badly — in the fight over the proper place for guns in American society. Easy and likely incorrect.” (Washington Post)

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday condemned the new National Rifle Association Web ad that invokes President Obama’s children, the latest move by the prominent Republican to sharply criticize a group closely aligned with his own party.” (Washington Post)

Defense Secretary: ‘I don’t know why the hell people have to have assault weapons.’ (ThinkProgress)

Gun control debate may be driving higher sales. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: In the days after 20 children and four adults were shot dead in a Connecticut school, calls by gun control opponents for a focus on mental health care were seen as a diversionary tactic to avoid legislation limiting America’s arsenal. But elements of both President’s Obama’s proposals to address gun violence and new laws on the issue in New York deal with mental health care. Some are widely welcomed, some are more contentious. But can changes in the American mental health system reduce gun violence without creating more problems? (New York Times)

The message Hagel carries on Iran: “Let’s stipulate that Chuck Hagel may make an exemplary defense secretary. That possibility doesn’t alter the fact that his nomination by President Obama almost certainly raises doubts among allies and adversaries alike that Obama may not be nearly so committed to using all means necessary to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon as he pledged during his reelection campaign. If the White House does not take steps soon to correct that impression, the chances for a negotiated resolution of the Iran nuclear crisis will fall nearly to zero and the likelihood of Israeli military action will rise dramatically,” writes WINEP’s Robert Satloff. (Washington Post)

Five myths about this year’s flu: “The rapid onset of the flu season this year has led to illness, absenteeism, hospitalizations and, tragically, death. It has also led to speculation, misinformation and just plain falsehoods about the illness and the government’s pandemic policies. Here’s a primer on what’s definitely not true about the flu,” writes Hudson’s Tevi Troy. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg has a conversation with Bob about him being “socially liberal and fiscally conservative.” (National Review)

AEI’s Michael Auslin: The Pentagon’s Frankensteins. (National Review)

CAP’s Carol Browner and John Podesta: Why we now oppose drilling in the Arctic. (Bloomberg)