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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.
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: CNN and msnbc.com
PR Newswire:
Cerberus Capital Management Statement Regarding Freedom Group, Inc.
Amy Hunter / WTOP.com:
McDonnell: It's time to discuss arming school officials
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cerberus: We want out of gun biz
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.
Politico:
John Boehner moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff
ABCNEWS:
The White House is defending President Barack Obama's proposal …
Discussion: Politico
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
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Michigan Gov. Snyder vetoes concealed gun bill
Discussion: CNN
Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press:
Snyder vetoes concealed weapons bill
Discussion: detroitnews.com and Post Politics
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Senate Republicans May Oppose Hagel SecDef Nomination  —  Senate Republicans signaled Tuesday afternoon that they may put up a fight if Barack Obama nominates former Nebraska Republican senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.  —  Asked about Hagel's 2008 statement that the …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Daily Caller
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: ADL pans possible Chuck Hagel pick
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NRA News has already addressed Newtown
Washington Wire:   NRA Statement on Newtown School Shootings
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 …
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 …
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Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
University of Rhode Island professor's retweet: Murder anyone who thinks teachers should be armed …
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 …
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Gun sales surge after Connecticut massacre  —  The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre has set of a round of buying, as thousands of Americans head to their local gun store to secure the popular AR-15 — the model used by the school gunman …
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George Zornick / The Nation:
How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
Discussion: Mother Jones, Politicker and Quartz
New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's head fake  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was set to face a grilling from Congress this week over the terrorist attacks in Benghazi when she started channeling the late poet Shel Silverstein.  —  “I have the measles and the mumps / A gash, a rash and purple bumps …
Aaron Hicklin / Out Magazine:
Nate Silver: Person of the Year  —  His forecasts for the 2012 election became the talk of the chattering classes.  Now that he's vanquished his critics, what's next for the brainiac?  —  Photography by Mike McGregor  —  Nate Silver wants to know if I've seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Flawed Violence Against Women Act Could Become Next Lame-Duck Fight
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Josh Reynolds / Boston Globe:
Poll focus suggests Edward Markey has more than passing interest in Senate special election
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