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5:05 AM ET, December 21, 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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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Will Boehner's speakership survive until Plan C?  —  Has there been a House speaker in modern American history with less control over his members than John Boehner?  —  Sad trombone.  (Charles Dharapak / AP)  —  Over the past three days, Boehner has focused all attention on “Plan B” …
Discussion: Econbrowser and Business Insider
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Crush Boehner's Plan B  —  Plan B was supposed to have been John Boehner's masterstroke — and the only legislative tactic protecting him from an embarrassing defeat in fiscal cliff negotiations with President Obama.  —  But late Thursday, after a brief but contentious meeting …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Politico:
Boehner's toughest hour  —  Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
URGENT: Last few hours to stop the Boehner Tax Hike  —  Later today, the House of Representatives will vote on a major tax increase.  This disastrous idea is being pushed by Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor and will do nothing other than put Republicans …
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.
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 …
ABCNEWS:   House GOP Puts off Vote on ‘Plan B’
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
‘Plan B’ Vote Postponed In House
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on ‘Plan B’
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos, Politico and Hot Air
Fox News:
House puts off vote on ‘Plan B’ tax bill, path to avert fiscal crisis uncertain
Discussion: Twitchy
Larry Alan Burns / Los Angeles Times:
A conservative case for an assault weapons ban  —  If we can't draw a sensible line on guns, we may as well call the American experiment in democracy a failure.  —  An assault weapon similar to the type used in the Newtown, Conn. shooting.  (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / December 18, 2012)
Discussion: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
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Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
Bloomberg Blasts NRA: ‘Connecticut Is Because of Some of Their Actions’  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today placed partial blame on the National Rifle Association for the Connecticut elementary school massacre in which 20 children and six adults were gunned down last week.
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Newtown, Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy for some, anger for others
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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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   Is Chuck Hagel toast?
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
LGBT Rights Groups Call Hagel's Comments About Gay Nominee “Unacceptable”
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.
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
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Report: Ex-S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to launch congressional bid
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 …
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
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Mosque arsonist tells court: ‘I only know what I hear on Fox News’  —  An Indiana man convicted of setting fire to a mosque in Ohio told a judge on Wednesday that he committed the crimes because Fox News and conservative talk radio had convinced him that “most Muslims are terrorists.”
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
Barney Frank On Westboro Baptist Church, Prostitution And ‘Bigot’ Antonin Scalia … FOLLOW:  —  Barney Frank, Civil Rights, Prop 8, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Gay Marriage, Antonin Scalia, Barney Frank Antonin Scalia, Congressman Barney Frank, Gay Politics, Proposition 8, Barney Frank Retirement …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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