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5:05 PM ET, December 15, 2012

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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.
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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 …
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, The Hill and CNN
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?
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Connecticut school shooting tragedy ups gun-control pressure on Obama
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Hours After Connecticut Kindergarten Shooting, Michigan GOP Calls For Allowing Guns In Schools
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
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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 …
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Tragedy in Connecticut: How do children, parents move forward?
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
“As Charles Manson Once Argued, Personality Cults Are Completely Harmless.”  —  Glenn Reynolds got off to a pretty good start yesterday.  But never think he can't top himself: … Wait, what? … Ah, yes, William Burroughs: … It's the gun nut/misogynist exacta!
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
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
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
Shields and Brooks on Gun Control Policy, Susan Rice, ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks  —  Transcript  —  JUDY WOODRUFF: And to the analysis of Shields and Brooks.  That's syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  —  So, gentlemen, we have all been torn …
Discussion: EconLog
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.
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities:
The Geography of U.S. Gun Violence  —  Editor's note Dec. 14, 2012: With today's horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, we're re-posting our December 3 story on the geographic and demographic factors associated with gun violence in American cities and metro areas.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Obama: ‘Our hearts are broken’  —  (CNN) - With broken hearts, President Barack Obama said that America grieves for those lost and the families affected by the mass shooting in Connecticut.  —  In his weekly address, Obama mourned the 20 children and six adults killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown on Friday morning.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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