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2:15 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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Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
CBS News: 26 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that at least 26 people are dead, including 18 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The gunman is among the dead.
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.
Skschust / CBS New York:
CBS News: 18 Children Among At Least 26 Dead In Newtown, Conn. Elementary School Shooting  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - At least 26 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday morning, CBS News reported.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, U.S. News and Runnin' Scared
CBS News:
Children, gunman dead in Conn. elementary school shooting  —  A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left several children and the gunman dead, law enforcement sources tell CBS News.  At least one teacher was wounded in the shooting that sent frightened pupils into the parking lot.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Fox News:
At least 26 dead in shooting at Connecticut elementary school
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Children among 27 dead in shooting at elementary school
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: ‘Bigger fish to fry’ than pot smokers
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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.
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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Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Gets a Solution to His Susan Rice Problem
Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Obama: More Moderate Republican Than Socialist  —  President Barack Obama waves to reporters as they shout questions to him regarding the fiscal cliff as he walks across Pennsylvania Avenue back to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.  Obama had dropped by a holiday party …
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s
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.
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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BuzzFeed:
News Outlets Battle Romney Campaign Over Expenses  —  $812 for one meal?  Media organizations are telling their credit card companies not to pay until they see a price breakdown.  —  Reporters wait to disembark the campaign plane of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side
Discussion: The Big Picture, Firedoglake and WUTC
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 …
BuzzFeed:
White House: “Today Is Not The Day” To Debate Gun Control  —  Won't say when the time will be right.  —  Image by Alex Wong / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — As news filtered in Friday from the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Rewriting History: New “Gay Friendly” Bible Published  —  The King James version of the Bible has been hijacked by gay activists who want to rewrite history.  Anonymous editors have published a Bible “friendly to gays,” and have edited eight major verses to fit their narrative.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Moonbattery
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 …
Denver Post:
Hickenlooper shifts position on more gun control measures  —  In a significant shift from his statements earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper now says “the time is right” for Colorado lawmakers to consider further gun restrictions.  —  The Democratic governor made his comments …
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
 
 
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