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6:15 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 …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap  —  NEWTOWN, CONN. - The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility …
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
White House Gets More Specific on Gun Control Measures the President Might Back
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bob McDonnell: Consider guns for school officials
Discussion: CNN and msnbc.com
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
Amy Hunter / WTOP.com:
McDonnell: It's time to discuss arming school officials
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence
George Zornick / The Nation:
How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
Discussion: Politicker and Quartz
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dick Durbin: No cut in Social Security benefits  —  This may cheer liberals who are worried that the White House is giving too much ground to Republicans by proposing “Chained CPI” for Social Security as part of a final fiscal cliff deal — in effect agreeing to a cut in Social Security benefits.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
President Delivers a New Offer on the Fiscal Crisis to Boehner
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House: Obama would support new gun laws
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama to push assault weapons ban in second term
Discussion: protein wisdom
Politico:
John Boehner moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff
ABCNEWS:
The White House is defending President Barack Obama's proposal …
Discussion: Politico
CEPR:
Thoughts on the Chained CPI, Social Security, and the Budget
BuzzFeed:
NRA Promises “Meaningful” Contributions  —  The gun group breaks its silence.  “We were shocked, saddened, and heartbroken.”  —  National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam emails the first statement from the organization since Friday's massacre in Newtown.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NRA: ‘Shocked, saddened’ by Newtown school massacre
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NRA News has already addressed Newtown
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
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:   Senate Republicans May Oppose Hagel SecDef Nomination
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.
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Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Snyder vetoes concealed weapons bill
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 …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, CBS News reports.
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Fast and Furious gun found at Mexican crime scene
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg:
Gun Debate Must Avoid Crazy 2nd Amendment Claims  —  The rise of the Second Amendment as a serious obstacle to U.S. gun control legislation is astonishingly recent.  —  Its rise is a tribute less to the vision of the Founding Fathers than to the skill, money and power of the contemporary gun-rights movement …
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 …
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries  —  OVERVIEW  —  As President Barack Obama negotiates with Republicans in Congress over federal entitlement spending, a new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that a majority of Americans (55%) have received government benefits from at least …
 
 
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