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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 …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
SECRETARY OF STATE FAINTS, SUSTAINS CONCUSSION  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton faints, suffers concussion  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion, the department said Saturday.  She is now recovering at home.  —  “While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The PJ Tatler
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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Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Tragedy in Connecticut: How do children, parents move forward?
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Washington Post:
Sandy Hook Elementary shooting leaves 28 dead, law enforcement sources say
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Public ‘Conversation’ on Guns, a Rhetorical Shift  —  Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., has already touched off a heated political debate.  Opponents of stricter regulation on gun ownership have accused their adversaries of politicizing a tragedy.
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Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Newtown and the Madness of Guns
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
What Can We Do to Stop Massacres?
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Hours After Connecticut Kindergarten Shooting, Michigan GOP Calls For Allowing Guns In Schools
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Obama: ‘Our hearts are broken’
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:   Bloomberg On CT Shooting: Calling For Meaningful Action Is Not Enough
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 …
Discussion: The Verge
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 …
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Reuters:
Egyptians vote on divisive constitution  —  (Reuters) - Egyptians queued in long lines on Saturday to vote on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world's biggest nation.
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 …
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
 
 
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