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Palin on '16 campaign: ‘seriously interested’

DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the Washington Post in an interview that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.

“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said Friday when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid.

Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.

“I am. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” Palin said Friday.

Palin previously mulled a presidential run ahead of the 2012 election cycle, but declined to enter the contest.

– Washington Post

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Police told TV host to not wave gun clip

WASHINGTON – Days before the taping of a 2012 “Meet the Press” episode, District of Columbia police told an NBC News editor to use a photograph of an empty gun ammunition magazine and not to display an actual clip, which would have been illegal in the city, according to a recently released copy of a D.C. police arrest warrant.

The Dec. 23, 2012, airing of the empty 30-round, high-capacity magazine propelled then-”Meet the Press” host David Gregory and the network into a bind with D.C. police, which sought an arrest warrant after the segment appeared on television. Neither Gregory nor any NBC official was charged with possessing the illegal item, but details of the warrant for Gregory’s arrest reveal new information about the conversations between NBC officials and police before the episode aired.

On Dec. 21, two days before the show was taped, an NBC official sent an email to D.C. police explaining that producers of “Meet the Press” wanted to use a “clip” on the show in the studio and wanted to know if using the clip would be illegal. About four hours later, a D.C. police official responded: “No, possession of high capacity magazines is a misdemeanor” and suggested the show’s producers use photographs instead.

– Washington Post

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

GOP changes name of subcommittee panel

WASHINGTON – The new GOP chairman of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee changed the name of the panel, dropping “civil rights” and “human rights” from its title.

The subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is now simply the subcommittee on the Constitution. The subcommittee names are chosen by its chair, so Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is responsible for the switch. “We changed the name because the Constitution covers our most basic rights including civil and human rights. We will focus on these rights along with other issues that fall under the broader umbrella of the Constitution,” Cornyn’s spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said.

But civil rights leaders are displeased. Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called it “a discouraging sign” in a news release Friday.