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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker wishes Sandy Hook school principal was armed  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, says he wishes Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was armed with an M-4 assault rifle when she confronted Adam Lanza, the shooter who killed 20 children.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator Will Introduce New Assault Weapons Ban In January  —  Feinstein says she believes Obama will support it.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein said Sunday that she will introduce a new ban on assault weapons when the new Congress convenes next year …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Texas congressman: Principal should have been armed for self-defense  —  (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said the deadly Connecticut school shooting could have been halted sooner if staff at the school had been equipped with guns.  —  “I wish to God (the principal) had had an M4 in her office …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Assault weapons ban more likely in wake of Newtown school shootings  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), the Senate's second-ranking Democratic leader, says an assault weapons ban could pass after the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Discussion: Politico
The Anarchist Soccer Mom:
Thinking the Unthinkable  —  In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it's easy to talk about guns.  But it's time to talk about mental illness.  —  Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners …
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
After Connecticut school shooting, Washington quiet on gun control  —  They've watched mass shootings of college kids and schoolchildren, issued countless statements of sympathy, and lived through a colleague taking a bullet to the brain, but Friday's rampage in Newtown, Conn. …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Connecticut governor wants tougher federal laws  —  (CNN) - Two days after telling more than 20 families they had lost loved ones in one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy on Sunday urged stricter gun control legislation at the federal level.  —  “These are assault weapons.
Discussion: Business Insider 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.
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
AP SOURCE: BOEHNER OFFERS MILLIONAIRE TAX HIKE
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Hill
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
True Stories in Gun Control  —  After Operation Desert Shield and Storm, I was stationed at Camp Blackhorse in Doha Kuwait with the 11th ACR.  We were an Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), which basically means we were a self contained unit.  For each squdron, we had 3 Cav troops- Alpha …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Every Single Pro-Gun Rights Senator Declined To Appear On Meet The Press Today  —  In the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting, all of the Sunday shows are dominated by gun control politics.  —  Meet The Press producer Betsy Fischer Martin tweets the following...  Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook.
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Users should not be targeted in states that legalized pot: Obama  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama says federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states that voted to make it legal, given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Main Justice
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Studied and Shelved Ideas to Bolster Gun Database
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Source: Obama to tap Kerry to be next secretary of state  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state and could make a formal announcement as early as next week, a Democrat who spoke to Kerry told CNN Saturday.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State, Sources Say
Reuters:
Egyptians narrowly back constitution, say rival camps  —  (Reuters) - Egyptians voted narrowly in favor of a constitution shaped by Islamists but opposed by other groups who fear it will divide the Arab world's biggest nation, officials in rival camps said on Sunday after the first round of a two-stage referendum.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Hagel Thesis  —  As we go to press on Friday, December 14, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel appears to be the leading candidate to become the next secretary of defense.  Anti-Israel propagandists are thrilled.  Stephen Walt, junior partner of the better-known Israel-hater John Mearsheimer …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Power Line
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Chuck Hagel's record on Israel draws scrutiny
Gregory Gibson / New York Times:
Why America Lets the Killings Continue  —  MY wife and I learned about the Connecticut school shootings on our way home from the cemetery, where we had just finished observing the 20th anniversary of our son's murder.  —  Our son Galen, who was 18, and a teacher were killed on Dec. 14 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
 
 
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