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9:30 PM ET, December 17, 2012

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Ascrouch / CBS Dallas:
Austin Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers A Discount  —  AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) - An Austin-area gun store owner is joining the gun rights debate with a controversial offer for teachers in light of the tragic shooting in Connecticut.  —  Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store says if educators …
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough: Newtown Shooting Made ‘Ideologies Of My Past’ On Guns Irrelevant (VIDEO)  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Morning Joe, Morning Joe, Video, Joe Scarborough Gun Control, Joe Scarborough Gun Rights …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pro-gun Sen. Joe Manchin: Time to act
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:   Six Extreme Policies That Prove The NRA Is Out Of Step With America
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Most Back Ban on High-Capacity Clips; Many See Societal Issues in Connecticut Shootings
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Scarborough Questions ‘Long-Held’ Beliefs After Newtown: ‘Ideologies Of My Past Career’ No Longer ‘Relevant’
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Texas Gun Store Owner Is Offering Teacher Discounts
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
A ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is near: Here are the details  —  All at once, a “fiscal cliff” deal seems to be coming together.  Speaker John Boehner's latest offer doesn't go quite far enough for the White House to agree, but it goes far enough that many think they can see the agreement taking shape.
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Hill Democrats Warm To GOP-Backed Social Security Concession In Fiscal Cliff Talks
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks
Discussion: Politico, CNN and National Review
Peter Boylan / Senator Inouye's Press Feed:
Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye  —  United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii's senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Inouye's death leaves opening in Senate
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, dies
Associated Press:   Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii Is Dead at 88
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McArdle Wins Worst Newtown Reaction Award  —  In what can only be seen as a malicious plot by Newsweek's editors [Update: this is a long blog post, not a magazine piece] to ensure Megan McArdle's reputation does not outlive Newsweek, the Daily Beast has published a 4,000 word essay by its new hire …
Discussion: TBogg and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre  —  The things that would work are impractical and unconstitutional.  The things we can do won't work. … There just aren't good words to talk about Newtown.  It is a crime that literally defies imagination—hell, it flings imagination down and dances upon its head.
Wall Street Journal:
Shooter's Persona Drew Concern at School
Discussion: Telegraph
Erwin Chemerinsky / LAW.com:
Assault weapons in the cross hairs  —  Congress should re-enact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and repeal a law protecting gun manufacturers from civil liability.  —  The National Law JournalSeptember 17, 2012  —  Imagine a product that serves no purpose but to kill people and each year causes many deaths.
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Rubio supports ‘serious and comprehensive study’ of gun laws; Nelson supportive of assault weapons ban
Discussion: Hot Air, ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Post Politics
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Group Blames Connecticut Shooting On Teachers, Unions, And Sex  —  In a lengthy screed that's essentially a round-up of every major cultural and policy grievance the American right holds with the rest of the country, author Timothy Birdnow cited concerns about the mental health …
Discussion: Business Insider and Shakesville
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The Caucus:
Tim Scott to Be Named for South Carolina Senate Seat, Republicans Say  —  Updated Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has chosen Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, according to three Republican officials.  The move will make Mr. Scott the first black senator …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dukakis seen as possible Senate replacement if Kerry tapped for State  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, may be headed back to the political spotlight as he's considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).
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John Cook / Gawker:
Richard Engel is Missing in Syria; NBC News Enforces News Blackout  —  NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports.  The reports also say that Aziz Akyava, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for.
CBS St. Louis:
County Police Chief Recommends Arming School Personnel  —  St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch  —  ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says it is time to talk about arming civilian school personnel following Friday's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
Rush Limbaugh:
We're Living the Collapse of Our Culture  —  RUSH: Oh, no, no, no, no. It's very frustrating because we're now immersed in many circumstances and situations where the last thing that anybody wants to hear are facts.  The last thing anybody wants to contemplate is the real truth about something.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Reid Wilson / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP's Electoral College Scheme  —  Swanson Middle School, a polling place in Arlington, VA.  —  Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided over What Newtown Signifies  —  Parents Shield Young Children from News Coverage  —  OVERVIEW  —  The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday have drawn widespread public interest.  A weekend survey finds that 57% of Americans say they followed news about the tragedy there very closely.
Discussion: Politico, Poynter, CNN and Erik Wemple
Andrew Belonsky / Towleroad News #gay:
I'm Gay: The 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012  —  “The fact is, I'm gay.”  Anderson Cooper's long-awaited announcement sums what it meant to come out in 2012.  Again and again we heard the same sentiment — from pop singer Mika's equally anticipated confirmation, “If you ask me am I gay …
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
In Town at Ease With Its Firearms, Tightening Gun Rules Was Resisted  —  People in the rural, hilly areas around Newtown, Conn., are used to gunfire.  In one woodsy stretch, southeast of downtown, the Pequot Fish and Game Club and the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association …
 
 
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Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
U.S. Ambassador Tells Georgia to Vote for a ‘Palestinian’ State
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn't Get the Memo
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Christy Wampole / Opinionator:
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man
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Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
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