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8:55 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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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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Most Back Ban on High-Capacity Clips; Many See Societal Issues in Connecticut Shootings  —  Supporters of gun control gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown …
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Six Extreme Policies That Prove The NRA Is Out Of Step With America  —  The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary has galvanized the American public to start taking the 48,000 deaths from gun violence per year seriously.  Fifty four percent of Americans, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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  —  TOP STORY: Inouye's death leaves opening in Senate.  —  Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-Hawaii) death on Monday shocked colleagues and left an opening in the upper chamber.  —  Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) must make a temporary appointment …
Discussion: Politico
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, dies
Associated Press:   Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii Is Dead at 88
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Daniel Inouye dies
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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
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: Shakesville and Business Insider
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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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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’
Discussion: Wonkblog and Hit & Run
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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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 17, 2012
Discussion: Politico, The Caucus and The Fix
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Shooter's Persona Drew Concern at School
Discussion: Telegraph
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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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, CNN, Poynter and Erik Wemple
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
 
 
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Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
U.S. Ambassador Tells Georgia to Vote for a ‘Palestinian’ State
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Andrew Belonsky / Towleroad News #gay:
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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
BuzzFeed:
News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses
Christy Wampole / Opinionator:
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man
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Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
NBC honchos considering Jimmy Fallon to take over coveted ‘Tonight Show’ …
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