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3:40 PM ET, December 14, 2012

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Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
CBS News: 27 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that at least 27 people are dead, including 18 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The gunman is among the dead.
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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.
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:
18 Children Among At Least 26 Dead In Newtown Elementary School Massacre  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - At least 26 people are dead, including 18 children, after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Friday morning.  —  The shooting appears …
New York Times:
18 Children Killed in Grade School Shooting in Connecticut  —  Eighteen children were killed on Friday morning in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, according to a person who had been briefed on the shooting.
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.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Hopefully CT School Shooting Will Result In ‘Political Capital’ To Reform Gun Laws  —  Hours after what appears to have been a massacre at a local elementary school in Connecticut, and with the number of victims or their identities yet known, MSNBC host Alex Wagner opined …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
At least 26 dead in shooting at Connecticut elementary school  —  DEVELOPING: Authorities say at least 26 people, including 18 children, were killed Friday when a gunman clad in black military gear opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school.  —  A law enforcement official said the shooter …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
18 children among victims in Conn. elementary school shooting  —  Twenty-seven people including 18 children were killed Friday in a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, according to the Associated Press.  —  The killings would make the violence at the school in Newtown …
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Associated Press:
Official with knowledge of Conn. school shooting: 27 dead, including 18 children
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:   Shooting at Newtown, Conn. Elementary School, Gunman Is Dead
USA Today:
26 reported killed in Newtown, Conn., school shooting
Discussion: TalkLeft, City Desk and The Agonist
CBS News:
Children, gunman dead in Conn. elementary school shooting
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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Ethan Nadelmann / The Huffington Post:
Parsing Obama's Words on Legalizing Marijuana
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: ‘Bigger fish to fry’ than pot smokers
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.
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.
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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Obama: More Moderate Republican Than Socialist
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s
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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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The case for John Kerry as secretary of state
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 …
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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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.
Zeke Miller / 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: Guardian and Mock, Paper, Scissors
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 …
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, Rumproast and Post Politics
 
 
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