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2:05 PM 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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Pelosi Backed Boehner's Tax Cut Proposal  —  A new tax on millionaires, if talks fail.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House John Boehner's “Plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff would cut taxes for incomes under $1 million — a higher threshold than the White House demands …
Politico:
John Boehner moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff  —  House Republicans, discouraged by the pace of negotiations with the White House, will move their own bill that would hike tax rates on income above $1 million, according to several sources familiar with the plan.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House Rejects Boehner's Fiscal Cliff “Plan B”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Corker: 'We're not close to a deal'
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Latest Fiscal Slope Offer: I'm Missing the Part Where Republicans Give Up Something
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Post:
Adam Lanza's weapons  —  Has technology rendered the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution obsolete?  —  That is, has the application of modern military design to civilian firearms produced a class of weapons too dangerous to be in general circulation?  —  We say: Yes.
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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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Sandy Hook: The Corrections Begin  —  I noted here that the news media's performance on the Sandy Hook elementary school murders has been terrible, with news outlets committing one factual error after another.  Yet in all the calls for “soul searching” that have followed Adam Lanza's rampage …
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 …
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Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Sporting goods chain suspends sale of certain semi-automatic after shooting  —  Mourners leave Honan Funeral Home after attending the funeral for Jack Pinto, 6, one of the youngest victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, on Monday, December 17, in Newtown, Connecticut.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
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 …
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Paul Krugman:
The Deal Dilemma  —  First things first: cutting Social Security …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Should progressives accept emerging fiscal cliff deal?
Paul Krugman:
Rumors of a Deal  —  It sounds as if Ezra Klein is hearing …
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 …
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Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
How to Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account
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
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Chuck Hagel's Jewish Problem  —  The would-be secretary of defense has some curious views.  —  Prejudice—like cooking, wine-tasting and other consummations—has an olfactory element.  When Chuck Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska who is now a front-runner to be the next secretary …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Three Arizona Republicans go ‘birther’  —  Several Arizona Republicans, including the GOP state chair, on Monday cast fresh doubts on President Barack Obama's citizenship, according to a report.  —  Tom Morrissey, the state chair of the Arizona Republican Party, along with two other members …
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KTAR:
Obama birth issue raised by 3 Arizona electors
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Snyder's popularity plummets  —  Just last month when we took a first look at the 2014 landscape we talked about how much Rick Snyder had improved his popularity during his second year in office and how he led a generic Democrat for reelection by 6 points, even as Barack Obama won the state comfortably.
Steven Nelson / US News:
South Carolina Lawmakers Propose 5-Year Jail Sentence for ‘Obamacare’ Implementation  —  Federal officials could face fines and jail terms under proposed legislation  —  Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie.  —  Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between …
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.
David Kopel / Wall Street Journal:
Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown  —  There were 18 random mass shootings in the 1980s, 54 in the 1990s, and 87 in the 2000s.  —  Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased?  Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes.  It is also true that the total U …
BBC:
International models  —  All major police forces in Europe, as well as the US, Canada and Australia routinely carry firearms, says Prof Peter Waddington.  The exceptions are Britain, the Irish Republic, and New Zealand.  In Norway officers carry arms in their cars but not on their person, he says.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bin Laden film leak was referred to Justice; leaker top Obama official  —  WASHINGTON — Pentagon investigators concluded that a senior Defense Department official who's been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director leaked restricted information to the makers of an acclaimed film …
Leslie Eastman / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief's “head on a stick”  —  Erik Loomis is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island.  He also blogs at “Lawyers Guns and Money” blog.  —  In reaction to the murders in Connecticut, Loomis tweeted that he had never …
 
 
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David Wells / FOX13Now.com:
Elementary school student brings handgun to school
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Poll: 69% disapprove of GOP on fiscal cliff
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Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr / CNSNews:
Gun Maker's Stock Soars More Than 700% Since Obama's Inauguration in 2009
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
MSNBC Host: Right to Work Came From ‘Segregationist White Supremacist South’
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Mitchell J. Katz / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Study Data Broker Industry's Collection and Use of Consumer Data
Adam Lankford / New York Times:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Guns Are Different
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How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
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Swift Boat Veterans Set To Give John Kerry A Pass
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Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Pressure Mounts To Appoint The First Female Secretary Of Defense
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