- The Atlantic Wire: "If Outing Gun Owners Is This Easy, Then Why Are People So Mad?"
- Wal-Mart declines meeting with Vice President Biden to talk about gun violence.
ON THE PLUS SIDE? NO SNOW. Chicago-area hospitals say they're overwhelmed by the worst flu season in nearly a decade.
- Flu shots not working perfectly, but better than nothing.
- 2012 warmest year on record in U.S. (and, as we learned earlier this month, Chicago).
- Crain's: Chicago's poorest neighborhood is...
- Channel 5 closing its Michigan Avenue streetside news studio within weeks, Robert Feder reports.
ONE STORY, MANY HEADLINES.* Public Policy Polling's original report: "Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem"
- TPM: "Congress Less Popular Than Root Canals, Nickelback, Donald Trump."
- Wall Street Journal: "Poll Finds Congress Ranks Lower Than Colonoscopy."
- Daily Caller: "Congress ... more popular than ebola."
TWITTER'S NEWS PLAY. Twitter's built a "real-time computation engine" to identify breaking news and send the data to real humans. ReadWrite.com's reaction: "Watch Out CNN: New Twitter Search Capabilities Will Rule Breaking News."
- Library of Congress' challenge archiving Twitter's records: "A single search of just the fixed 2006-2010 archive on the Library’s systems could take 24 hours."
iPHONES, CHEAP? The Wall Street Journal says Apple's working on a lower-priced version with a cheaper body, maybe to launch later this year.
- R.I.P., Microsoft Messenger. In March, it'll be succeeded by Skype.
WELL, IT'S NO SPORK, BUT ... Hot at the Consumer Electronics Show: The HAPIfork, an electronic fork that tracks how long you eat, how many bites you take and the time between those bites. It vibrates if you eat too fast. And it reports all that to your iPhone.
Soundtrack that helped prepare this issue: This playlist.