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9:50 AM ET, December 20, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?  —  Washington (CNN) - Just over half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country's problems, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates …
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Did Boehner Just Pull The Plug On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?  —  In response to President Obama's extensive comments about the fiscal cliff at the White House Wednesday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner left himself little if any room to continue negotiations.
Washington Post:
‘Cliff’ standoff: Boehner works to wrangle votes for ‘Plan B’; Obama threatens veto  —  House GOP leaders scrambled to rally their members Wednesday behind a plan to extend tax cuts on income up to $1 million, defying President Obama's veto threat and setting up a showdown that could send Washington over the year-end “fiscal cliff.”
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes … During his press conference today, called to announce his new gun control task force, President Obama invoked the Newtown massacre to apply pressure on congressional Republicans in the fiscal cliff standoff.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Bare majority now support major gun restrictions  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are reacting to the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut with elevated levels of anger, shock and fear that have led a growing number of people to look for action from the government and society …
Politico:
Fiscal cliff: The lowest point
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
Obama and Boehner Split on Fiscal Plan
Ted Barrett / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Sen. Mikulski to chair Appropriations Committee, becoming first woman to hold the post
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Again Show Why We Need to Wait Until January for a Deal
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Hot Air
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
White House: Obama Would Veto GOP's Fiscal Cliff ‘Plan B’
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Norquist giving House Republicans a pass on Boehner's ‘Plan B’
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Rejecting Chuck Hagel  —  Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama's favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon.  —  Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor …
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Associated Press:
Possible Hagel Pick Raises Concerns in Senate GOP
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Kristol-founded group targets Hagel
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Brown Would Be In Strong Position For Special Election  —  BOSTON — A WBUR poll of 500 registered voters (PDFs - topline, crosstabs) finds U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in a strong position should there be a special election to fill U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat.
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Robert Rizzuto / Union-News:
Sen. Scott Brown says he now supports a federal ban on assault weapons
Discussion: 2chambers, The Hill and Post Politics
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change among top three priorities for second term  —  President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.
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TIME:   Setting the Stage for a Second Term
NRO Symposium / National Review:
Newtown Answers  —  Twenty children and six adults are dead.  In Nigeria, people put their lives at risk going to church on Sundays.  But in New England?  The thought that going to school could be a final act is hard for us to comprehend.  The seeming senselessness of what happened …
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jessica valenti:   National Review: Newtown could have been avoided if a man was around
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Guns Out of Stock at Wal-Mart as Magazine Prices Surge on  —  With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012  —  Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, was an unrepentant reactionary who was on the wrong side of every major legal controversy of the twentieth century.  The fifty-eight senators who voted against Bork for confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1987 honored themselves, and the Constitution.
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Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
We're Still Paying the Price for the Borking of Robert Bork
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Tapper to Obama on newfound gun control advocacy: ‘Where have you been?’  —  ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper asked President Barack Obama Wednesday why the president's plea for action on gun issues has come so late in his first term and only after last week's tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Brings On Santa Claus To Discuss The ‘War On Christmas’  —  Fox and Friends took its coverage of the so-called “War on Christmas” to the front lines on Thursday morning by inviting Santa Claus to weigh in on America's changing culture and secularization.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Spielberg, Day-Lewis at Capitol for screening of ‘Lincoln’ for senators  —  The two stars brought the Senate to a halt when they arrived for a bipartisan viewing of their hit movie.  —  Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and director Steven Spielberg brought the Senate to a halt on Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Stephen Galloway / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg: In 2012, ‘Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me’ (Q&A)
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
3 State Department Resignations After Libya Attack Report  —  WASHINGTON — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure on Wednesday following a report that detailed “grossly inadequate” security measures at the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night assailants besieged …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Connecticut congressman: Rick Perry a ‘testosterone laden’ individual with blood on his hands … During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barber shop conversation in Wentzville about Connecticut shootings ends with shots fired at customer  —  • By Susan Weich sweich@post-dispatch.com 636-493-9674  —  WENTZVILLE  • A barber shop patron who fired three times at another customer discussing the Connecticut school shooting has been charged with three felonies.
 
 
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