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11:40 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.
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.
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 … WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in “fiscal cliff” talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Hill
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 …
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: Main Justice and The PJ Tatler
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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: emptywheel and BuzzFeed
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: CNN, The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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Jessica Yellin / CNN:   Source: Obama to tap Kerry to be next secretary of state
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
SECRETARY OF STATE FAINTS, SUSTAINS CONCUSSION
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton faints, suffers concussion
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
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.
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Reuters:
Egyptians vote on divisive constitution
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
After Connecticut school shooting, Washington silent 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
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 …
 
 
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