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2:40 PM ET, December 18, 2012

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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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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 …
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.
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.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bob McDonnell: Consider guns for school officials
Discussion: WTOP.com and msnbc.com
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:   Gun sales surge after Connecticut massacre
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Corker: 'We're not close to a deal'
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House Rejects Boehner's Fiscal Cliff “Plan B”
Washington Post:
Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Latest Fiscal Slope Offer: I'm Missing the Part Where Republicans Give Up Something
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dick Durbin: No cut in Social Security benefits
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Paul Krugman:
The Deal Dilemma  —  First things first: cutting Social Security …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mother Jones
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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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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: ADL pans possible Chuck Hagel pick  —  Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, emails me from overseas on the potential for Chuck Hagel to be picked as secretary of Defense: … Foxman's criticism follows in the wake of a column by Bret Stephens who documents Hagel's insinuations about dual loyalty.
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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Biden swears in Leahy as president pro tem  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was officially sworn in as the third in line for the presidency as President Pro Tempore of the Senate Tuesday.  —  The change became necessary after the senior-most Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) — the former Pro Tempore — died Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. senator, dies at 88
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Tennessee Considers Training And Arming Schoolteachers To Protect Against Shootings  —  Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.  —  A member of the Republican-controlled legislature plans during …
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.
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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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Poll: 69% disapprove of GOP on fiscal cliff
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Three Arizona Republicans go ‘birther’
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BBC:
International models  —  All major police forces in Europe …
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Adam Lankford / New York Times:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
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