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* Fifty-eight percent of Americans support an assault weapons ban, while 39 percent oppose it, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association's proposal to place armed police or trained security guards at the nation’s schools is an idea favored by 55 percent of  Americans. Fifty-two percent said that the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school made them more supportive of gun control.

* Former president George H.W. Bush has been released from a hospital where he had been undergoing treatment since November for a severe cough and later a fever.

* Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford said she will not run in the special election for the state's 1st District seat. Former governor Mark Sanford, Jenny Sanford's ex-husband, is planning to run for the seat, which he once held. Jenny Sanford distanced herself from her husband after an extramarital affair he took part in that went public in 2009.

* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) endorsed Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration plan in a Facebook post. “I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population," wrote Ryan.


* Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his nearly seven-year silence during oral arguments on Monday. The rare moment will remain shrouded in mystery for now, though, as no one is exactly sure what Thomas said. He seemed to be making a light-hearted joke about his lawyers trained at Harvard, or his alma mater, Yale.

* Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will remain in her post as President Obama kicks off his second term. So will Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) downplayed the Senate's chances of passing an assault weapons ban in a Friday interview. "Is it something that can pass the Senate? Maybe. Is it something that can pass the House? I doubt it,” Reid said. “So I think there are things that we know we can do.” Reid is a recipient of a "B" rating from the NRA.

* White House party crasher Tareq Salahi says he will run for governor of Virginia as an independent.


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