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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pro-gun Sen. Joe Manchin: Time to act  —  West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who has an “A” rating from the NRA and is a lifetime member of the pro-gun rights group — said Monday that it was time to “move beyond rhetoric” on gun control.  —  “I just came with my family from deer hunting,” Manchin said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
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Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
‘Enough is enough’ Sen. Warner calls for ‘rational gun control’  —  RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Sen. Mark Warner (D - Virginia) is calling for lawmakers to pass “rational gun control” in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  —  Senator Warner explained his position during …
Wall Street Journal:
New Calls for Gun Limits  —  Several lawmakers Sunday called for reintroducing a ban on assault weapons in the wake of Friday's deadly school rampage.  President Barack Obama is also likely to propose gun-policy changes, according to two administration officials.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: No ‘single solution’ to nation's gun violence epidemic
Discussion: Politico
First Read:
First Thoughts: An explicit call to action
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Top Democrat Warns Senate Will Be Spending Christmas Break In Washington  —  “It appears the Senate will be coming back the day after Christmas,” Reid says.  Vows to deal with Sandy relief, fiscal cliff.  —  Image by Alex Wong / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate will likely work overtime …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks
Discussion: CNN
Dana Bash / CNN:   CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Boehner Meet as Cliff Talks Advance
Discussion: USA Today
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Barack Obama, John Boehner meet at White House
Discussion: National Review
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Meet Sen. Tim Scott: The Tea Party Lawmaker Who Wanted To Impeach President Obama And Kick Kids Off Food Stamps  —  Tim Scott is America's newest senator today after getting tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill the vacancy left by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Discussion: Truthdig, Wonkette and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
President Obama's speech at prayer vigil for Newtown shooting victims (Full transcript)  —  Full transcript of President Obama's remarks at a Dec. 16 prayer vigil for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  —  OBAMA: Thank you.  —  Thank you, Governor.
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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.).
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
In Search of the Guns & Freedom Unicorn
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
presstv.ir:
Obama expected to nominate anti-Israel Hagel as secretary of defense  —  US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel, an outspoken critic of Israel, as the next Pentagon chief.  —  The White House Counsel's office has reportedly completed Hagel's vetting process …
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Mark Heim / al.com:
North Alabama player tweets racist Obama comment after speech pre-empted NFL game, now gone from team  —  A North Alabama football player posted a racist tweet about President Barack Obama tonight in response to NBC pre-empting the 49ers-Patriots game on Sunday Night Football to show Obama's speech …
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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 …
WOAI-TV:
Deputy shoots gunman at San Antonio movie theater  —  SAN ANTONIO — A man was shot by an off-duty deputy after investigators say he opened fire at a South Side theater Sunday night, injuring one person.  —  Authorities said 19-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia showed up at the China Garden restaurant …
Discussion: National Review and The Raw Story
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: Gawker
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That Terrible Trillion  —  As you might imagine, I find myself in a lot of discussions about U.S. fiscal policy, and the budget deficit in particular.  And there's one thing I can count on in these discussions: At some point someone will announce, in dire tones, that we have a ONE TRILLION DOLLAR deficit.
Adweek:
NRA's Social Silence Group shuts down Facebook, goes mute on Twitter By Christopher Heine  —  The National Rifle Association shut down a key Twitter account last summer in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo. theater shootings.  On Saturday, one day after the unthinkable shootings at a Newtown …
Discussion: The Verge and Mashable!
 
 
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided over What Newtown Signifies
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Politico:
POLITICO ebook: Plenty of 2012 pitfalls for Obama and Romney
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