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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
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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.
Washington Post:
Newtown school shooter's mother collected guns, was loath to let people inside home  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — Adam Lanza lived among guns.  —  His mother, Nancy, collected them.  She showed them off to her landscaper.  —  “Guns were her hobby,” said Dan Holmes, the landscaper of Nancy Lanza's sprawling yard here on the edge of town.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Suggests Teachers Should Be Armed With Assault Rifles  —  A Republican Congressman suggested that had the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary been armed with assault rifles, they could have prevented Friday's massacre and saved lives.  —  Appearing on a special Fox News Sunday dedicated …
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Our Moloch  —  Few crimes are more harshly forbidden …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Connecticut school shooting reignites gun control debate
Discussion: Althouse and Right Turn
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Texas congressman: Principal should have been armed for self-defense
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Assault weapons ban more likely in wake of Newtown school shootings
Discussion: American Power and Politico
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator Will Introduce New Assault Weapons Ban In January
Politico:
Schumer, Feinstein push changes on gun laws
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Connecticut governor wants tougher federal laws
Discussion: This Just In and Business Insider
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
After Connecticut school shooting, Washington quiet on gun control
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and Reuters
Liza Long / Gawker:
I Am Adam Lanza's Mother  —  Three days before 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year-old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.
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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.
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Reuters:
White House won't accept new tax offer from Republican leader  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. the House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late Saturday.
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BuzzFeed:
How The NRA Twitter Handles A Mass Shooting: Silence  —  The model is to go silent for at least a day, depending on the scope of the tragedy.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a few minutes ago  —  respond
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.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guest: If CT Mass Shooter Was Not White, Public Debate Would Be ‘Much Uglier’  —  David Sirota, a columnist for Salon.com, appeared on Up with Chris Hayes on Sunday for a discussion about the possible policy recommendations that could be adopted in the wake of the mass shooting …
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.
Associated Press:
Egypt Islamists claim majority in referendum  —  A narrow majority of Egyptians who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document, according to unofficial tallies compiled by the Muslim Brotherhood and released early Sunday.
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Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
To Judge Richard Posner, Gun Control Is a Joke  —  Days before Newtown, the Seventh Circuit extended the Second Amendment beyond even the Supreme Court's decisions.  —  Cody Miller, 9, fires a machine gun with help from a range worker in West Point, Kentucky.  (Aaron Bernstein/Reuters)
 
 
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