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6:10 PM ET, December 17, 2012

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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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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 …
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 …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Texas Gun Store Owner Is Offering Teacher Discounts
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, Truthdig and The Raw Story
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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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks
Discussion: Politico, National Review and CNN
Dana Bash / CNN:
CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal
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
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’
Discussion: Wonkblog, Hit & Run and National Review
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.).
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Senate Filibuster Reform Closing In On Majority … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Video, Jeff Merkley, Cwa, Dianne Feinstein, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Senate Filibuster, Senate Filibuster Reform, Silent Filibuster, Talking Filibuster, Politics News
Discussion: PostPartisan
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid opens door to Senate gun control debate
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 …
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Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Scarborough Questions ‘Long-Held’ Beliefs After Newtown: ‘Ideologies Of My Past Career’ No Longer ‘Relevant’
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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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.
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us: “...do not lose heart.
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Washington Post:
President Obama's speech at prayer vigil for Newtown shooting victims (Full transcript)
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. stays vague on Obama's follow-up to Newtown shooting
Discussion: The Hill and msnbc.com
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 and Business Insider
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 …
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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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Five States Where It's Harder To Get An Abortion Than It Is To Get A Gun  —  Following last week's tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, tens of thousands of Americans have signed their names to a petition calling on the White House to “produce legislation that limits access to guns.”
 
 
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Byron Tau / Politico:
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Will Oremus / Slate:
After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws.  It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since.
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