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1:05 PM 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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box  —  The White House is acting like it had no “plan B” in the “fiscal cliff” fight.  Ever since House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he would put to a vote a measure to extend all current tax rates except those for households making more than $1 million …
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama in focus, yet all over the map
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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Star-Ledger Guest / NJ Voices Guest blog:
Cory Booker: I'll explore U.S. Senate run  —  By Cory Booker  —  I love Newark.  I did not come to this city through the providence of birth.  I chose Newark, and Newark, thank God, accepted me, embraced me and allowed me the greatest privilege of my life - to serve as mayor.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
Cory Booker won't challenge Christie, eyes U.S. Senate instead
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 …
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
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and msnbc.com
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
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Video game lobby breaks silence after Newtown shooting  —  The Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement saying any study that examines the effect of violent video games on children needs to consider past research that shows no connection between entertainment content and real-world violence.
Discussion: Business Insider
Ian Austen / New York Times:
In $18 Million Theft, Victim Was a Canadian Maple Syrup Cartel  —  OTTAWA — It was an inside job of sorts.  Thieves with access to a warehouse and a careful plan loaded up trucks and, over time, made off with $18 million of a valuable commodity.  —  The question is what was more unusual …
Discussion: National Review and The Tell
 
 
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Mark Roe / Project Syndicate RSS-Feed:
Corporate Short-Termism in the Fiscal Cliff's Shadow
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
On Guns, America Stands Out
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: No Guardrails, Again
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and msnbc.com
The White House:
Remarks by the President in a Press Conference
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The BRAD BLOG
David Lawder / Reuters:
Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Scrambling for ‘doc fix’
Discussion: The Caucus and rules.house.gov
 Earlier Items: 
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, Wonkblog and Post Politics
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
Discussion: DealBook and Hot Air
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Tapper to Obama on newfound gun control advocacy: ‘Where have you been?’
NRO Symposium / National Review:
Newtown Answers  —  Twenty children and six adults are dead.
 

 
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