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12:00 PM ET, December 15, 2012

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Nancy Lanza Not a Teacher?  —  There have been a lot of factual errors in the chaotic rush to get details about today's shooting in Connecticut.  But one fact that seemed established across the board was that victim Nancy Lanza, the mother of alleged shooter Adam Lanza …
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Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Schools ‘A Place Of Carnage’ Because We ‘Systematically Removed God’  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee attributed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part to restrictions on school prayer and religious materials in the classroom.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and CANNONFIRE
NY Daily News:
Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza, 20, ‘deeply disturbed kid’  —  Lanza, who friends and officials said suffered from Asperger's syndrome or a personality disorder, had a tortured mind.  —  Alleged Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza as seen in this 2005 photo.  ABC News Exclusive
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Internet Identifies, Threatens Wrong Man as Newtown Shooter  —  In the media's rush to find out information on the suspected Newtown, Conn., school shooter, numerous news outlets misidentified a Facebook page belonging to someone with a similar name.  Denunciations and even death threats quickly accumulated.
New York Times:
18 Children Killed in Grade School Shooting in Connecticut
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Hours After Connecticut Kindergarten Shooting, Michigan GOP Calls For Allowing Guns In Schools
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Obsidian Wings
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: God Didn't Stop CT School Shooting Because He's a ‘Gentleman’ Who Doesn't Go Where He Is Not Wanted
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Tragedy in Connecticut: How do children, parents move forward?
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
American Exceptionalism: The Shootings Will Go On
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Column: Gun-free zones provide false sense of security  —  Killers aren't stopped by these policies.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  “After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.”
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gun Advocacy Group Responds: ‘Gun Control Supporters Have The Blood Of Little Children On Their Hands’  —  While citizens and advocates of gun control are responding to Friday's horrific school shooting in Connecticut by calling on Congress to enact sensible gun regulations …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
What Can We Do to Stop Massacres?  —  The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, has caused many people, including people at the White House, to say that this is not the day to talk about gun policy.  This day is obviously for mourning the dead, but I don't understand why we shouldn't talk …
Discussion: News Desk
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Newtown and the Madness of Guns
Discussion: National Review
petitions.whitehouse.gov:
Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
McCarthy: I will embarrass Obama on gun control  —  In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House “the gloves are off” if President Obama fails to act on the issue.  —  McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress …
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Connecticut school shooting tragedy ups gun-control pressure on Obama
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:   Bloomberg On CT Shooting: Calling For Meaningful Action Is Not Enough
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Obama: ‘Our hearts are broken’
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Obama, silent about union violence in Michigan, immediately reacts to Connecticut school shooting
Discussion: Wonkette
Allison Benedikt / Slate:
President Obama, Today Is the Day To Politicize This Tragedy
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Source: Obama has chosen John Kerry as Secretary of State  —  President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed.  —  His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
IPCC Admission Has Climate World Buzzing  —  Global warming hysteria has been driven largely by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has issued four politically-driven and, in crucial ways, inconsistent reports.  The IPCC is now working on report number five, and the current draft has been leaked.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Green
New York Times:
A Political Brawler, Now Battling for Microsoft  —  SEATTLE — Mark Penn made a name for himself in Washington by bulldozing enemies of the Clintons.  Now he spends his days trying to do the same to Google, on behalf of its archrival Microsoft.  —  Since Mr. Penn was put in charge of …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Most Governors Refuse to Set Up Health Exchanges  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that more than half the states had rejected its pleas to set up their own health insurance exchanges, dealing a setback to President Obama's hopes that Republicans would join a White House campaign …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A Thought Experiment Related to School Shootings  —  Imagine that you ran a school district, and some rich foundation, worried about school shootings, gave you the following offer: We'll hire armed security guards for you, who could try to do something about the school shooter.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Baby talk triggered NFL player Jovan Belcher's rage, leading to murder-suicide: sources  —  The Long Island mother of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher told investigators her son argued with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins over their baby's paternity before he shot her dead and killed himself, The Post has learned.
 
 
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ACLU:
Vast New Spying Program Was Started in Secret on a Bogus Pretext
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NRA: Still Not Enough?
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