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9:55 AM ET, December 18, 2012

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
President Delivers a New Offer on the Fiscal Crisis to Boehner  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama delivered Speaker John A. Boehner a new offer on Monday to resolve the pending fiscal crisis — and what may be close to a final deal, which would raise revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next decade …
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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.
CEPR:
Thoughts on the Chained CPI, Social Security, and the Budget  —  According to reliable sources, the Obama administration is seriously contemplating a deal under which the annual cost of living adjustment for Social Security benefits would be indexed to the chained consumer price index rather …
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
Washington Post:
Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal
Paul Krugman:
Rumors of a Deal  —  It sounds as if Ezra Klein is hearing …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Hill Democrats Warm To GOP-Backed Social Security Concession In Fiscal Cliff Talks
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Makes Third Fiscal Cliff Offer
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
PR Newswire:
Cerberus Capital Management Statement Regarding Freedom Group, Inc.  —  We were shocked and deeply saddened by the events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.  We cannot comprehend the losses suffered by the families and friends of those killed …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Fortune, Quartz, DealBook and Gawker
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Washington Post:
Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence  —  President Obama on Monday began the first serious push of his administration to attempt to reduce gun violence, directing Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Wall Street, Invested in Firearms, Is Unlikely to Push for Reform
Discussion: The Caucus, Reuters and Slate
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Sporting goods chain suspends sale of certain semi-automatic after shooting
Discussion: ABCNEWS, ABCNEWS, Quartz and Mediaite
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. senator, dies at 88  —  Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, a highly decorated World War II combat veteran who used his status as one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington and the second-longest-serving senator in history to send billions of dollars to his home islands …
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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
Associated Press:
Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii Is Dead at 88
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye dies at 88
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Daniel Inouye dies
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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
Wall Street Journal:
Shooter's Persona Drew Concern at School
Discussion: Telegraph
Mike Brunker / World News:
Richard Engel and NBC News team freed from captors in Syria  —  After being held captive for five days in Syria, NBC's Richard Engel and his team recount being ambushed, blindfolded and traumatized before being freed at a checkpoint.  —  By Mike Brunker, NBC News
Politico:
It's raining men  —  Behind the Curtain: About this weekly feature  —  Behind the Curtain is a reported column, Web show and online conversation about the behind-the-scenes intrigue that shapes politics and policy.  It will unfold every Tuesday (and beyond, when news dictates).
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Discussion: Business Insider and Shakesville
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos  —  In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification.  Oh, and there's no way to opt out.  —  Instagram said today …
Investor's Business Daily:
Clinton And Kerry Get A Free Ride From The Press  —  Politics: Diplomacy involves considerable travel.  What it shouldn't include is free rides from both the media and political establishment.  But Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are getting just that as the guard changes at State.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Deanreddington / CBS Boston:
Michael Dukakis Will Not Be Interim Senator If Kerry Resigns  —  BOSTON (CBS) - Former Gov. Michael Dukakis says he will not be a candidate for appointment as interim senator should Sen. John Kerry resign to accept appointment as Secretary of State.  —  In a brief State House interview Monday …
Sultan Knish:
Gun Control, Thought Control and People Control  —  The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli.  Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people?
Discussion: ParaPundit
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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Christy Wampole / Opinionator:
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man  —  Adam Lanza was a young man.  Jacob Roberts was a young man.  James Holmes is a young man.  Seung-Hui Cho was a young man.  Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were young men.  —  Something about life in the United States is conducive to young men planning …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Althouse
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Chris Grayling / Telegraph:
Bill of Rights: Let us concentrate on real human rights
Discussion: BBC, Guardian, Spectator and Blazing Cat Fur
Larry Pratt / USA Today:
Opposing view: Eliminate ‘gun-free zone’ regulations
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I'm Gay: The 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
NBC honchos considering Jimmy Fallon to take over coveted ‘Tonight Show’ …
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We're Living the Collapse of Our Culture
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