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4:45 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 …
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 …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bob McDonnell: Consider guns for school officials
Discussion: WTOP.com, Washington Post, CNN and msnbc.com
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
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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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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Latest Fiscal Slope Offer: I'm Missing the Part Where Republicans Give Up Something
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
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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CNN:
Boehner offers ‘Plan B’ tax fix to avoid cliff; Obama says no
Discussion: Right Turn and Washington Post
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
More Fun With Numbers At The Times  —  The NY Times are thinking so hard about gun control safety that have lost their math skills and common sense.  But we can help!  —  In Other Countries, Laws Are Strict and Work  —  Like other shootings before it, the Newtown, Conn. …
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.
Kyle Olson / EAGnews.org:
Professor blames mass shootings on ‘white male privilege’  —  PASADENA, Calif. - Some opinions only get attention because they come from people with advanced degrees who make their living on the taxpayer dime.  That's certainly the case for Hugo Schwyzer, a history and gender studies professor at Pasadena City College.
New York Times:
How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico  —  SAN JUAN TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico — Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda's alfalfa field.  It was an ideal location, just off this town's bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world.
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 …
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 …
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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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
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Miketoole / CBS Boston:
Keller @ Large: Ben Affleck In A Massachusetts Senate Race?
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Gun sales surge after Connecticut massacre
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Biden swears in Leahy as president pro tem
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Poll: 69% disapprove of GOP on fiscal cliff
BBC:
International models  —  All major police forces in Europe …
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George Zornick / The Nation:
How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Swift Boat Veterans Set To Give John Kerry A Pass
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