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8:35 AM ET, December 19, 2012

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New York Times:
Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Benghazi probe faults ‘systemic failures’ at State Department  —  An independent review of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi faulted “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” of the State Department.  —  The Accountability Review Board report …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Reuters
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 …
Reuters:
Inquiry slams US State Department over Benghazi
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Michigan Gov. Snyder To Veto Bill Allowing Guns In Schools  —  One day before the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill to specifically allow guns into schools and other “gun-free zones.”  This bill joined a so-called “right-to-work” …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Michigan Gov. Snyder vetoes concealed gun bill
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chad Livengood / detroitnews.com:
Snyder vetoes Michigan concealed weapons bill
Discussion: msnbc.com
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Boehner calls for GOP ‘discussion’ on guns  —  Republicans need to “have a discussion on guns” in the wake of last week's grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Tuesday.  —  Speaking to his troops at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite, The Hill and The Caucus
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Amy Hunter / WTOP.com:
McDonnell: It's time to discuss arming school officials
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bob McDonnell: Consider guns for school officials
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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James Rosen / Fox News:
NRA to ‘push back’ soon, schedules news conference
Discussion: Daily Kos
Austin Wright / Politico:
Flouting veto threat, conferees finish defense bill  —  House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday agreed to a final version of the defense authorization bill, keeping in place several provisions President Barack Obama had objected to when he threatened to veto earlier versions of the legislation.
Discussion: Lawfare
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Bloomberg:
AmEx's Chenault Said to Be Discussed for Treasury Post
Discussion: DealBook, Quartz and Business Insider
ABCNEWS:
The White House is defending President Barack Obama's proposal …
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Washington Post:
Chuck Hagel is not the right choice for defense secretary  —  FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team.  He would not, however, move it toward the center …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Times Embarrasses Itself on Guns-Again!  —  It's too bad the members of the New York Times editorial board don't sign their editorials.  If they did, we could ridicule them by name.  The Times, as an institution, has chosen to place ideology above accuracy.
Discussion: Quartz
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Associated Press:
Obama Social Security Offer at Odds With Top Dems  —  President Barack Obama's offer to slow the growth of Social Security benefits would force fellow Democrats in Congress to abandon promises to shield the massive retirement and disability program from cuts as part of negotiations to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dick Durbin: No cut in Social Security benefits
New York Sun:
Kagan on the Second  —  There have been so many irresponsible statements by those seeking to exploit the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, that it's hard to keep up with them, but for the combination of arrogance and inaccuracy one can't beat the editorial the New York Times ran out this week under …
Discussion: Right Turn
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Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
Conservatives Think Hillary Clinton Is Faking Her Concussion  —  Do you hear that faint sound?  It's the grumbling of conservative pundits who are now churning out a theory that Hillary Clinton is lying about her concussion to avoid having to testify about Benghazi.  Clinton had a concussion recently, her team said Saturday.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm goal: Catch up with Dems  —  The Republican polling community is about to get a shake-up.  —  With the GOP still reeling from its defeats in the 2012 election, a new Republican polling firm is seeking to help the party bounce back with a fresh stream of data on the state of the electorate.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Family Research Council Sued For Sexual Harassment, Discrimination … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Family Research Council, William Saunders, Family Research Council Gender Discrimination, Family Research Council Lawsuit, Family Research Council Sexual Harassment, Moira Gaul, Politics News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet  —  An American child grows up in a married household in the suburbs.  What are the chances that his family keeps a gun in their home?  —  The probability is considerably higher than residents of New York and other big cities might expect …
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Civilian analysts gained Petraeus's ear while he was commander in Afghanistan  —  Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, a husband-and-wife team of hawkish military analysts, put their jobs at influential Washington think tanks on hold for almost a year to work for Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Discussion: emptywheel
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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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Gun sales surge in US amid crackdown fears
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Inouye to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda
Discussion: CNN
Sarah Torre / The Heritage Foundation:
Flawed Violence Against Women Act Could Become Next Lame-Duck Fight
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