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10:25 PM ET, December 20, 2012

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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Calls Off Plan B Vote  —  Boehner issued the following statement as an emergency meeting of the House Republican Conference was ending:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
‘Plan B’ Vote Postponed In House … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  John Boehner, Budget Cuts, Congress Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff Boehner, Fiscal Cliff Congress, Fiscal Cliff House, Fiscal Cliff Plan b, John Boehner Plan b, Politics News  —  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Tax Plan in House Is Pulled, Lacking Votes  —  WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their fallback tax bill from the floor Thursday night, conceding that they did not have the votes to pass it.  —  “The House did not take up the tax measure today …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress  —  Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is launching a political comeback that may begin within days.  —  Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago …
Discussion: The Fix
Politico:
GOP calls emergency meeting to save ‘Plan B’  —  In a setback for Speaker John Boehner, House Republicans have pulled their fiscal cliff bill known as “Plan B,” because they didn't have enough votes for it to pass.  The bill would have raised taxes on people making more than $1 million a year.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: ‘We Are Not Going to Do Anything’  —  Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his “fiscal cliff” position clear in a press conference today.  “We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.  —  Reid added, “We are not taking up anything they are working on over there.”
CNN:
CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?
ABCNEWS:
House GOP Puts off Vote on ‘Plan B’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
AFL-CIO to White House: Time to rescind your offer to Boehner
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on ‘Plan B’
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Erick Erickson / RedState:
URGENT: Last few hours to stop the Boehner Tax Hike
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Cut Food Stamps, Obamacare, And Wall Street Oversight In Ill-Fated ‘Plan B’
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House lawmakers' positions on GOP's ‘Plan B’
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberal Democrats say chained CPI is a deficit deal breaker - almost
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chuck Hagel Once Opposed Nominee Because He Was “Openly Aggressively Gay”  —  The man who would be secretary of defense also supported the ban on open military service for gays and lesbians.  —  Image by Ali Jarekji / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Chuck Hagel …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
LGBT Rights Groups Call Hagel's Comments About Gay Nominee “Unacceptable”  —  “Those who are still openly, aggressively anti-gay in 2012 probably won't be able to function very well in Washington,” says the Victory Fund's Dison.  —  Ambassador James Hormel, whom former Senator Chuck Hagel described as “aggressively gay.”
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   Is Chuck Hagel toast?
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich On Mitt Romney: ‘I Would Have Probably Done Better’ Against Obama … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Gingrich 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Immigration Reform, Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney, Rnc Review, Romney Media, Politics News
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Lois Romano / Politico:
The disappearing independent  —  As Republicans sift through …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Mountain out of a molehill  —  The poet Carl Sandburg supposedly …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
The Cost of Romney's Government-Assisted Transition: $8.9 Million  —  One of the less scintillating milestones of the 2012 election was marked by the General Services Administration, when Mitt Romney became the first candidate to take advantage of the Presidential Transition Act of 2010.
CNN:
Jake Tapper joins CNN as Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent  —  Tapper to Anchor New Weekday Program Beginning in 2013  —  Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC's senior White House correspondent and is a best-selling author …
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David Ford / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Announces New Correspondent Assignments in Washington D.C. Bureau
Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and Politico
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Newtown, Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy for some, anger for others  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — Twenty-six.  Not 27.  —  When many people in Newtown count the victims in last week's massacre, they tally 20 children in Sandy Hook Elementary School, plus six adult faculty and staff members.
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Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
Bloomberg Blasts NRA: ‘Connecticut Is Because of Some of Their Actions’
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
Brian Thompson / nbcnewyork.com:
Cory Booker Will Run for U.S. Senate in 2014: Sources  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New York.
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Carl Bernstein / Guardian:
Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency |  Carl Bernstein  —  Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?  —  So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A sad announcement  —  I know I probably shouldn't have done it — especially because yesterday was a snowy day with the temperature here in Colorado dipping well below freezing — but on a whim I took all my guns and ammunition out in a small skiff on one of the nearby lakes and, sad to say …
Discussion: Primordial Slack
David Wagner / The Atlantic Wire:
The 50 Worst Columns of 2012  —  “Punditry is fundamentally useless,” Nate Silver recently declared.  Now we don't think every hack with an inch count and an opinion is all that bad.  But while sifting through opinion fodder every morning to find the day's five best columns …
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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