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1:00 PM ET, December 14, 2012

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Hartford Courant:
One Confirmed Dead In School Shooting In Newtown  —  State police responding to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  —  At least one person is dead after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive.  —  Police said there are multiple shooting victims.
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Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Shooting at Newtown, Conn. Elementary School, Gunman Is Dead  —  A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school this morning prompted the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and drew SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.  —  A gunman has been killed and at least …
Rep. John Frey / CNN:
Gunman dead, two adults killed in Connecticut school shooting  —  [Updated at 12:27 p.m. ET] The mom who spoke to CNN's Meredith Artley said she heard “at least 100 rounds” being fired.  —  The shooting began about 9:35 a.m., the parent said.  There was a “pop pop pop” in the hall outside the room.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
AP Member Choice Limited / Chicago Tribune:
Connecticut elementary school shooting: Multiple deaths reported  —  Multiple people have been killed in a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.  Police said some of the shooting victims are children, but it is not clear if they are among the dead.  An official with knowledge of the situation says a gunman is dead.
Bobby Jindal / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Birth-Control Politics  —  Over-the-counter sales of oral contraceptives will cut off a disingenuous attack line.  —  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Marijuana Not High Obama Priority  —  President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.  —  “We've got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot users …
Susan Rice / Washington Post:
Why I made the right call  —  View Photo Gallery — What you need to know about Susan Rice: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state  —  On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state.
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Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Counting Their (Mixed) Blessings. (The Note)
Washington Post:
Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Existential Crisis  —  We are not having a debt crisis.  —  It's important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis.  But it isn't.  The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit.
Chris Frates / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Declare Checkmate in Fiscal Cliff Debate  —  In the ongoing fiscal cliff chess match playing out on Capitol Hill, Democrats have a message for Republicans: checkmate.  —  Democrats look at the political landscape and see a win whether a deal gets cut now or after the country goes over the cliff.
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Reuters:
Obama, Boehner hold “frank” meeting amid “fiscal cliff” frustration
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
The Hagel Haters  —  Why Israel's supporters can't stand the man who might be the next secretary of defense.  Eli Lake reports.  —  Chuck Hagel, who is reportedly the frontrunner to be the next Pentagon chief, has made a lot of friends in the U.S. foreign-policy establishment and at the top levels of Obama's inner circle.
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Pat Collins / nbcwashington.com:
Man in Apparent Mitt Romney Mask Robs Sterling Bank  —  Robber took cash from all five tellers  —  A man who appeared to be wearing a Mitt Romney mask held up a bank in Sterling, Va., Thursday morning, and that's not all that had the FBI calling the robbery “unusual.”  News4's Pat Collins reports.
David Morgan / CNBC:
Only 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges  —  Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Analysis: Feds will have outsize role in health exchanges
Kieren McCarthy / news.dot-nxt.com:
Internet humbles UN telecoms agency  —  ITU forced to face modern realities as WCIT conference implodes  —  Having turned industries and governments upside down, the Internet has claimed its first organizational scalp, subjecting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union …
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Crooked Timber
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Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
US says it won't ratify UN telecom treaty
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor's Watch  —  NEWARK — When snow blanketed this city two Christmases ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker was celebrated around the nation for personally shoveling out residents who had appealed for help on Twitter.  But here, his administration was scorned …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
House GOP Secretly Authorized $500,000 To Defend Unconstitutional Anti-Gay Law  —  It has come to light that House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) secretly approved a $500,000 increase to a contract with a private law firm to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s  —  President Obama said his economic policies are “so mainstream” he'd be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s.  —  In a Thursday interview with a Miami-based local television station, Obama said he thinks few people believe he wants to impose socialism on the country.
ProPublica:
Karl Rove's Dark Money Group Promised IRS It Would Spend ‘Limited’ Money on Elections  —  In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS — the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election — told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Building a Showcase Campus, Using an I.O.U.  —  Some call it the Edifice Complex.  Others have named it the Law of More, or the Taj Mahal syndrome.  —  A decade-long spending binge to build academic buildings, dormitories and recreational facilities — some of them inordinately lavish …
Michael R. Strain / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Case for the Higher Taxes on the Rich  —  Republicans should unequivocally accept rate increases — immediately.  It would reduce the deficit and suddenly turn the spotlight on Democrats' steadfast refusal to reform entitlements.  —  Reuters  —  Given that our structural deficit …
Michael McGough / Los Angeles Times:
For Scalia, no gay people, just gay sex?  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington.  (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press / October 6, 2011)  —  Is there anything more to be said about Justice Antonin Scalia's sulphurous comments …
 
 
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Christopher Goffard / L.A. NOW:
Judge who said rape victim should have ‘put up a fight’ is rebuked
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Pelosi Skips Town Amid ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
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Senate panel approves Franken's location privacy bill
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Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
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Neil Cavuto cuts off Rep. E.B. Johnson
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