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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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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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Conceit That America Hasn't Had a Conversation About Guns  —  Current policy isn't an N.R.A. conspiracy.  Americans became increasingly pro-gun, even as debate on the subject raged.  —  Reuters  —  All words offered in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting are inadequate …
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Rifle Used in Killings, America's Most Popular, Highlights Regulation Debate  —  It comes in black, tan and camouflage.  A pink version was once raffled by a gun store to raise money for breast cancer research.  —  Favored by target shooters in competitions and by hunters who stalk small game …
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: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Nikki Haley to announce Jim DeMint's successor  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is announcing a replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.  —  Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says Haley will make the announcement at noon Monday at the Statehouse.
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.).
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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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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Lieberman urges term limits for senators in exit interview  —  Retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that he favored both term limits for senators and replacing the electoral college with a national popular vote.  —  Lieberman, a four-term senator …
Discussion: Politico
Dennis House / Channel 3's Dennis House Blogs:
Lieberman Wants Term Limits for Senators, Electoral College Eliminated
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Expected to Name Kerry as Secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is leaning strongly toward naming John Kerry, the Massachusetts senator and unsuccessful Democratic nominee for president eight years ago, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state …
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presstv.ir:
Obama expected to nominate anti-Israel Hagel as secretary of defense
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Iranian State Press Praises Likely Obama Defense Nominee as ‘Anti-Israel’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
4 Reasons Why Boehner's Latest Tax Offer Is A Bad Deal  —  Politico reported yesterday that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has proposed a tax increase in income in excess of $1 million as part of the ongoing negotiations to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
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John Fund / National Review:
The Facts about Mass Shootings  —  A few things you won't hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre:  —  Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.  —  In fact, the high point …
Discussion: Nice Deb
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Prosperity: US Drops Out of Top Ten  —  Via InstaPundit, we learn that for the first time, the United States does not rank as one of the world's ten most prosperous nations, as rated by London's Legatum Institute.  The authors of the report found that the U.S.'s slippage is being driven by …
 
 
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Richard Reeves / Guardian:
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Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost:
Liberals Call For Murder Of NRA President, Members & Repeal Of Second Amendment
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December 16: Dannel Malloy, Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Bennett, David Brooks …
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