Inside the Beltway: Gun ‘control’ becomes gun ‘reform’

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The spokesman says the phenomenon provides “quite the interpretive meaning in the context of a bill projected to cost more than $1.76 trillion over the next 10 years, with 20 new or higher taxes and a slew of big government mandates.”

AND THE LYRICAL CRITICS

Their legislation may be poetry to those who fret about the onrushing train of Obamacare.

On Wednesday, the Republican Study Committee unveils the American Health Care Reform Act, which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act.

On hand for the big moment: Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is committee chairman; plus Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Renee L. Ellmers of North Carolina, John Fleming of Louisiana, Paul A. Gosar of Arizona and Todd Rokita of Indiana

IMAGE BUILDING

An unusual contest for those who are fixated by the work of noted Civil War photographer Mathew Brady: Congressional Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society are offering cash prizes and a display in the U.S. Capitol to photographers who can emulate the Brady look and esthetic in their own work. He is, incidentally, interred in the famous cemetery.

“Mathew Brady was well known for his dramatic and very real depiction of the horrors of war, but was also an accomplished landscape and portrait photographer in the early years of the medium,” says Paul K. Williams, president of Congressional Cemetery.

Three categories that represent typical Brady themes include landscapes, objects and people. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000, and a winner of each category will receive $500. All four winning images will be framed and displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex.

The contest is open to professionals and amateurs alike; judges include National Geographic Magazine senior photography editor Susan Welchman, the society’s Don Kennon, Mr. Williams and Jane Levey, director of heritage and community programs for Cultural Tourism D.C.

The contest closes May 15. This is a long web address, but here’s where the information is: sites.google.com/site/bradyphotocontest

THE FOX NEWS SHUFFLE

There are changes a-coming on Oct. 7 at Fox News Channel, a date which also marks the 17th anniversary of the network. The new prime-time parade of hosts is as follows: Greta Van Susteren (7 p.m. ET); Bill O’Reilly (8 p.m.); Megyn Kelly (9 p.m.) and Sean Hannity (10 p.m).

The change also marks the debut of “The Kelly File,” which will highlight Ms. Kelly’s “skills as a former litigator,” and showcase late-breaking and investigational stories in a live format and the inevitable social media.

“In 2003, I was an unhappy lawyer, and made a decision to change my life. Ten years later, I’ve been able to do that thanks in large part to Roger Ailes, a boss who always gives me the same directive: ‘Be yourself and have fun.’” Ms. Kelly notes.

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