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6:50 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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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.”
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Cut Food Stamps, Obamacare, And Wall Street Oversight In Ill-Fated ‘Plan B’  —  House Republicans today, in addition to voting on Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) so-called “Plan B” — which extends the Bush tax cuts on income up to $1 million — will also vote on a bill …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on ‘Plan B’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday the Senate will not vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) “Plan B” to extend tax rates for family income below $1 million.  —  The Democratic leader blasted Boehner for wasting time on …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House lawmakers' positions on GOP's ‘Plan B’
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House to vote on bill replacing sequester spending cuts
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
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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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Newt Gingrich Supports “Reality” Of State-Sanctioned Marriage Equality
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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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.
Discussion: The Hill, PostPartisan and Politico
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden convenes gun violence task force
Discussion: Politico
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Richard Trumka On Fiscal Cliff: Not Ready To Blow Up Deal Over Obama's Social Security Concession … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Obama Social Security, Richard Trumka, Richard Trumka Fiscal Cliff, Aflcio Fiscal Cliff, Alfcio Trumka Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Obama Fiscal Cliff, Obama Trumka …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberal Democrats say chained CPI is a deficit deal breaker - almost
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I don't agree with any of my FNC colleagues or anyone else who is a tad bit sarcastic on our air about Secretary Clinton's health  —  I believe that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion.  She has never shied away from a fight (assuming the testimony would even amount to that) …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Steven Greenhouse / Media Decoder:
‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns' Lawsuit  —  Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum wage violations.
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.
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 …
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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Obama's Approval Rating Reaches Highest Point Since 2009  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating reached 56 percent in Thursday's edition of the Gallup daily tracking poll, the highest mark since October 13, 2009.  —  Thursday's release also showed 37 percent disapprove of Obama …
New York Post:
NYers who believe in Mayan apocalypse search for sex before the world ends  —  Stop the world — I wanna get off!  —  A sexy swimsuit model and countless other lusty New Yorkers say tomorrow's predicted Mayan apocalypse is a great reason to have sex, and are turning to social media …
 
 
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Carl Bernstein / Guardian:
Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency | Carl Bernstein
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Rubio Threatens to Hold Hagel
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
CBS Detroit:
School Districts Cancel Class Due To Doomsday Talk, Potential Threats
Discussion: msnbc.com and americanthinker.com
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Choose your own fiscal cliff adventure!
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Jonathan Tamari / Philly.com:
Sen. Bob Casey changes stance, supports new gun laws
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I would never be so insulting as to accuse the U. Penn Political Science Department of tokenism
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
In $18 Million Theft, Victim Was a Canadian Maple Syrup Cartel
Discussion: Wonkblog, National Review and The Tell
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
On Guns, America Stands Out
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: No Guardrails, Again
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Invokes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law After Shooting Fellow Pizza Customer
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Fox News Brings On Santa Claus To Discuss The ‘War On Christmas’
 

 
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