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10:30 PM ET, December 17, 2012

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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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Politico:
Obama makes new offer to narrow gap on cliff  —  President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner made significant progress Monday toward a fiscal cliff deal, as Obama's new offer on tax rates moved the two sides close to agreement.  —  But questions remained over whether Boehner …
Discussion: Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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
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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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
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Most Back Ban on High-Capacity Clips; Many See Societal Issues in Connecticut Shootings
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pro-gun Sen. Joe Manchin: Time to act
Christy Wampole / Opinionator:
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man
Discussion: Althouse
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Scarborough Questions ‘Long-Held’ Beliefs After Newtown: ‘Ideologies Of My Past Career’ No Longer ‘Relevant’
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
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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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, dies
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Inouye's death leaves opening in Senate
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Associated Press:   Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii Is Dead at 88
Timothy Birdnow / Tea Party Nation:
Barbarians at the Gates of Sandy Hook  —  Popular culture has made murder, rape, mayhem, hatred, and violence “cool”  —  The recent massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut (the ironically named Sandy Hook - it's been a bad year for anything named Sandy) has, predictably …
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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
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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Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Michael Dukakis Will Not Be Interim Senator If Kerry Resigns
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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 Fix and Post Politics
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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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Texas Gun Store Owner Is Offering Teacher Discounts
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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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 …
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
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
 
 
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Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
U.S. Ambassador Tells Georgia to Vote for a ‘Palestinian’ State
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
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
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
NBC honchos considering Jimmy Fallon to take over coveted ‘Tonight Show’ …
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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
Will Oremus / Slate:
After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws.  It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since.