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11:15 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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CNN:
House set to vote on Boehner's Plan B  —  Washington (CNN) — The House is set to vote Thursday on Plan B, a GOP version of an agreement on the fiscal cliff, and another measure designed to lure support for the plan from hard-line Republicans.  —  The White House threatened Wednesday to veto that plan …
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes
Washington Post:
‘Cliff’ standoff: Boehner works to wrangle votes for ‘Plan B’; Obama threatens veto
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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David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
Cory Booker won't challenge Christie, eyes U.S. Senate instead  —  NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker is calling Democratic party leaders this morning to tell them he will not challenge Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race but will run for U.S. Senate in 2014, The Star-Ledger has learned.
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Scott Brown backs assault gun ban  —  Outgoing Mass. Sen Scott Brown has became the first GOP senator to endorse a renewed assault weapons ban.  —  “What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension,” Brown told the Springfield Republican on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and msnbc.com
Walter Olson / New York Post:
Behind the smears  —  Why they feared Robert Bork  —  Here's something you may not know about the 1987 battle that kept Robert Bork off the Supreme Court: Opponents pursued a whispering campaign against him on the grounds that he wasn't enough of a religious believer.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Slate and PointOfLaw Forum
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USA Today:
Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork dies
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Miss USA Wins the Crown  —  Say what you will about Donald Trump, he runs a pretty good pageant.  I didn't live-blog tonight's Miss Universe show, but I kept notes as it went along, and so what follows are my impressions as the event unfolded.  With a lot of stuff left out …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Invokes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law After Shooting Fellow Pizza Customer  —  A Florida man defended his decision to shoot an impatient pizza customer over the weekend, citing the state's infamous “Stand Your Ground” law.  —  Michael Jock, a 52-year-old resident of St. Petersburg …
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
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
GALLUP: MORE AMERICANS FAVOR SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAVING GUNS THAN WEAPON BAN  —  A new poll released today by Gallup shows that Americans favor increased security and proactive mental health treatment over gun control.  The national poll of a little over 1,000 adults was conducted in the wake …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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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CBC News:
Quentin Tarantino Talks Prisons And The War On Drugs
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles E. Schumer / Washington Post:
A middle ground on gun limits
Discussion: The Hill, Post Politics and Wonkblog
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Less than half the public back George Osborne on decision to raise most state benefits by less than inflation
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
Discussion: DealBook and Hot Air
Michelle Garcia / Advocate:
Gay Binational Marriage Rights Pioneer Richard Adams Dies
Scott Rubin / Benzinga:
Gun Stocks Plunging Again
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Tapper to Obama on newfound gun control advocacy: ‘Where have you been?’
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barber shop conversation in Wentzville about Connecticut shootings ends with shots fired at customer
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Spielberg, Day-Lewis at Capitol for screening of ‘Lincoln’ for senators
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
3 State Department Resignations After Libya Attack Report