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8:35 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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Chuck Hagel's record on Israel draws scrutiny  —  President Barack Obama's administration has backed down from one major Senate confirmation fight — and may be running headlong into another one.  —  Some in the Jewish community and other Israel backers are reacting with alarm to reports …
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State, Sources Say  —  Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of state.  —  For a variety of reasons including the finalization of the process, other pending Cabinet decisions …
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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 This Just In
Mike Huckabee / CNN:
Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools  —  (CNN) - Responding to the deadly mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said new laws regulating guns won't deter such shootings, linking a lack of religious discussion in the classroom to increased violence in schools.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill and Roger Ailes
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CNN:
‘Why?  Why?’:  26 dead in elementary school massacre  —  Watch CNN's LIVE TV coverage of the Connecticut elementary school shooting as the story continues to unfold.  —  Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) — The bodies of children and educators lay where they fell in a Newtown, Connecticut …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Obama: ‘Our hearts are broken’
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and Mediaite
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!
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Althouse and TBogg
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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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
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Newtown and the Madness of Guns
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Studied and Shelved Ideas to Bolster Gun Database  —  WASHINGTON — After the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and others in early 2011, the Justice Department drew up a detailed list of steps the government could take to expand the background-check system …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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
 
 
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