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Associated Press:
IND. MAN WITH 47 GUNS ARRESTED AFTER SCHOOL THREAT  —  CEDAR LAKE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man who allegedly threatened to “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his home was arrested by officers who later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout his home.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker wishes Sandy Hook principal was armed with assault rifle  —  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.
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Our Moloch  —  Few crimes are more harshly forbidden in the Old Testament than sacrifice to the god Moloch (for which see Leviticus 18.21, 20.1-5).  The sacrifice referred to was of living children consumed in the fires of offering to Moloch.  Ever since then, worship of Moloch has been the sign of a deeply degraded culture.
The Week:
The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage  —  What journalistic rationale could compel a reporter to interview young children at a mass-murder scene?  —  I  —  t's time to have a national conversation... about the media.  —  But first, let's recount how they've blown …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Schumer, Feinstein push changes on gun laws  —  In the wake of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, two senators took to the Sunday morning shows to advocate reforms to the country's gun control laws.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she plans to reintroduce …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Texas congressman: Principal should have been armed for self-defense
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Assault weapons ban more likely in wake of Newtown school shootings
Discussion: Politico
James Poniewozik / TIME:
Kids at Tragedies: Turn Off the Cameras
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Killer's Mother, His First Victim, Was a Gun Enthusiast, Friends Say
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 …
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.
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. …
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and Reuters
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator Will Introduce New Assault Weapons Ban In January
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Connecticut governor wants tougher federal laws
Discussion: This Just In and Business Insider
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Three lessons from the near-final popular vote  —  Here's what the near-final tally reveals:  —  The election really wasn't close.  —  On election night, President Obama's victory margin seemed fairly narrow - just slightly more than 2 percentage points.
People.com:
Connecticut Shooting: Hero Teacher Died Saving Students  —  Out of the chaos and horror emerged an incredible act of selflessness and bravery by one teacher who spent her final moments trying to protect her young students from harm.  —  Victoria Soto, 27, a first-grade teacher …
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
AP SOURCE: BOEHNER OFFERS MILLIONAIRE TAX HIKE
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.
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
Mike Benner / KGW-TV:
Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter  —  PORTLAND — Nick Meli is emotionally drained.  The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.  —  “I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ‘are you serious?,’” he said.
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
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
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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