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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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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:
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 …
Washington Post:
Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal  —  Joshua Roberts/Reuters - House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) walks to his office after meeting with President Obama to talk about the “fiscal cliff” on Dec. 17.  According to a poll …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Latest Fiscal Slope Offer: I'm Missing the Part Where Republicans Give Up Something
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama makes new fiscal offer; Boehner says it's not enough
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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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 …
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.
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.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
Washington Post:
Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Rumors of a Deal  —  It sounds as if Ezra Klein is hearing …
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Social Security: Will Obama Cave?
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  —  Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET: NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner, NBC News said early Tuesday.
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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.
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.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Booker Leaning Toward Senate Run  —  Popular Mayor Is Looking to Take Aim at Lautenberg Seat Instead of Challenging Gov. Chris Christie  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker is leaning against jumping into next year's race for New Jersey governor and instead is having serious discussions about running …
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 …
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
Mitchell J. Katz / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Study Data Broker Industry's Collection and Use of Consumer Data  —  Commission Issues Nine Orders for Information to Analyze Industry's Privacy Practices  —  The Federal Trade Commission issued orders requiring nine data brokerage companies to provide the agency with information …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Pressure Mounts To Appoint The First Female Secretary Of Defense  —  Obama's flirts with a trio of white guys for the top posts.  “If he wants smooth sailing, send us [Michelle] Flournoy,” says a Senate Republican staffer.  —  Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testifies …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Swift Boat Veterans Set To Give John Kerry A Pass  —  The group that helped sink his 2004 campaign grumbles, quietly.  “I was hoping that Ms. Rice would get the nomination,” says a Swiftboater.  —  Image by Joshua Roberts / Reuters  —  Leading figures in the controversial conservative group …
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 …
 
 
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