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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 …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
White House Gets More Specific on Gun Control Measures the President Might Back  —  President Barack Obama walks off stage after delivering a speech at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown …
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.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bob McDonnell: Consider guns for school officials  —  Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) said on Tuesday that it's “time to have a discussion” about arming school officials, in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.  —  “If someone had been armed, there would have been a possibility …
Discussion: CNN, WTOP.com and msnbc.com
Washington Post:
Obama asks Cabinet members for proposals to curb gun violence
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Gun sales surge after Connecticut massacre
George Zornick / The Nation:
How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
Discussion: Quartz and Politicker
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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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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House: Obama would support new gun laws  —  President Obama “strongly” supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban and would back new gun legislation, the White House said Tuesday, as the president spoke to a pro-gun senator who has shifted his position since Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut.
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.
CNN:
Boehner offers ‘Plan B’ tax fix to avoid cliff; Obama says no
Discussion: Right Turn and Washington Post
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Latest Fiscal Slope Offer: I'm Missing the Part Where Republicans Give Up Something
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Corker: 'We're not close to a deal'
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and msnbc.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Should progressives accept emerging fiscal cliff deal?
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The National Memo
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
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Poll: 69% disapprove of GOP on fiscal cliff  —  Nearly seven-in-10 Americans disapprove of how congressional Republicans are handling the fiscal cliff, according to a poll released Tuesday, with a bare majority expecting a deal to be reached by the end of 2012.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Outside the Beltway
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Washington Post:
Poll: Most want ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise but oppose cuts that may be part of deal
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 …
Leslie Eastman / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief's “head on a stick” (Update - deletes Twitter account)  —  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 …
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 …
 
 
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BBC:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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