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5:45 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.”
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 and Daily Kos
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Cut Food Stamps, Obamacare, And Wall Street Oversight In Ill-Fated ‘Plan B’
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House to vote on bill replacing sequester spending cuts
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House lawmakers' positions on GOP's ‘Plan B’
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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David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
Cory Booker won't challenge Christie, eyes U.S. Senate instead
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
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 and Politico
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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
After Newtown, Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control  —  Most Say Assault Weapons Make Nation More Dangerous  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public's attitudes toward gun control have shown only modest change in the wake of last week's deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Charles E. Schumer / Washington Post:
A middle ground on gun limits
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: Gawker
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.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Putin wary, but admits change needed in Syria
David Wagner / The Atlantic Wire:
The 50 Worst Columns of 2012  —  “Punditry is fundamentally useless …
Discussion: The Agonist
CBS Detroit:
School Districts Cancel Class Due To Doomsday Talk, Potential Threats
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden convenes gun violence task force
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Choose your own fiscal cliff adventure!
Discussion: CRFB.org and The Impolitic
New York Post:
NYers who believe in Mayan apocalypse search for sex before the world ends
Jonathan Tamari / Philly.com:
Sen. Bob Casey changes stance, supports new gun laws
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The emerging aspect of the Benghazi scandal — failing to bring justice to the terrorists
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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
 

 
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