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12:25 AM ET, December 16, 2012

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New York Times:
Killer's Mother, His First Victim, Was a Gun Enthusiast, Friends Say  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — She was “a big, big gun fan” who went target shooting with her children, according to friends.  She enjoyed craft beers, jazz and landscaping.  She was generous to strangers, but also high-strung, as if she were holding herself together.
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James Barron / New York Times:
Children at School Were All Shot Multiple Times  —  All of the children killed by the gunman during a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school were shot multiple times, the state chief medical examiner said Saturday, who called it the worst scene he had witnessed in three decades examining crime scenes.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Sandy Hook Murders: What To Do?  —  In the wake of yesterday's mass murder at Sandy Hook elementary school, calls for government to “do something” are everywhere.  President Obama says we must take “meaningful action” on gun violence.  OK, but what action is that?  He didn't say.
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: The Hill, Roger Ailes and ABCNEWS
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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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.
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Source: Obama to tap Kerry to be next secretary of state
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Hill
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton faints, suffers concussion
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and This Just In
Politico:
Fiscal cliff talks: Speaker John Boehner pitches millionaire tax hike  —  Speaker John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for the wealthiest Americans if President Barack Obama agrees to major entitlement cuts, according to several sources close to the talks.
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 and TBogg
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
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
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.
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Connecticut school shooting tragedy ups gun-control pressure on Obama
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Wall Street Journal
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Newtown and the Madness of Guns
 
 
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