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5:50 PM ET, December 14, 2012

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Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut:
CBS News: 27 Dead, Including 20 Children, In Elementary School Shooting  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that at least 27 people are dead, including 20 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.
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.
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.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States  —  When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid “politicizing” the tragedy.  That is code, essentially, for “don't talk about reforming our gun control laws.”
David Frum / david-frum:
Every Day is the Day to Talk About Gun Control  —  I have a daughter in a public elementary school in the District of Columbia.  When I read news of a school shooting, it touches a particularly intimate place in me.  To be a parent is to be haunted by fears.
New York Post:
MASSACRE: Up to 27 people, including 20 children, shot dead at elementary school in Connecticut  —  A crazed gunman dressed in black went on a rampage at a Connecticut elementary school this morning, in a massacre that left the shooter and 26 dead others - including 18 children.
Skschust / CBS New York:
20 Children Among 28 Dead In Newtown Elementary School Massacre  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Twenty children are among 28 people who were killed Friday morning after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  —  State Police Lt. Paul Vance said 18 children …
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 …
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
American Exceptionalism: The Shootings Will Go On  —  Insane rampages are, sadly, not confined to the United States.  One happened this very day in China, where a cruel madman attacked a group of children at school.  —  Here's the difference:  —  Twenty-two children injured.
Discussion: Wonkblog
BuzzFeed:
Gun Control Org Sees “Huge” Influx Of Donations After Sandy Hook Shooting
Discussion: Daily Kos
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Hopefully CT School Shooting Will Result In ‘Political Capital’ To Reform Gun Laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Connecticut school shooting: Obama: 'We've endured too many of these tragedies'
Discussion: CNN
Pete Yost / bigstory.ap.org:
AP SOURCE: SUSPECT DROVE TO MOTHER'S SCHOOL
CBS News:
Children, gunman dead in Conn. elementary school shooting
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Two Gunmen at Newtown, Conn., Elementary School Shooting, One Dead
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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
Discussion: Hit & Run
Allison Benedikt / Slate:
President Obama, Today Is the Day To Politicize This Tragedy  —  We don't need you to cry at the podium.  We need you to do something.  —  President Obama:  —  Twenty-seven people are dead, 20 of them children, and you just told the nation that we're all going to have to “extend a hand to those in need.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: “Today Is Not The Day” To Debate Gun Control
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama's Only Comments On Gun Control During The 2012 Campaign
Discussion: Guardian
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Carney On Gun Control: “Today Is Not The Day” (VIDEO)
Denver Post:
Hickenlooper shifts position on more gun control measures
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
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.
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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Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Chance Of Going Over The Cliff Now At Least 75%
Discussion: The Hill
Jarrett Skorup / Michigan Capitol Confidential:
'We'll Be At Your Daughter's Soccer Game!'  —  Union protest speaker tells governor that union members will ‘visit you’ everywhere over right-to-work bill  —  LANSING — A speaker at a union protest against right-to-work legislation said if Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill he would get …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.
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