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2:50 PM ET, December 21, 2012

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Inside the Meltdown  —  “How the hell can you do this?”  —  • followers  —  At a quarter to 8 p.m. on Thursday night, House Republicans gathered in the Capitol basement for an urgent, closed-door conference meeting.  The scene was hushed and confused.
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Politico:
Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown  —  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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Playing Taxes Hold 'Em  —  A few years back, there was a boom in poker television — shows in which you got to watch the betting and bluffing of expert card players.  Since then, however, viewers seem to have lost interest.  But I have a suggestion: Instead of featuring poker experts …
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” …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Failure of Last Night's “Plan B” Vote Makes a Fiscal Cliff Deal More Likely  —  WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves a meeting with House Republicans, on Capitol Hill, December 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  —  Drew Angerer/Getty Images
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Does A Speaker Survive This?
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Points — Subtly — Toward A Way Forward After Failure Of Plan B
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Kill Republican Tax Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Tax Plan in House Is Pulled, Lacking Votes
Bloomberg:
Boehner Drops ‘Plan B’ as Budget Effort Turns to Disarray
Discussion: Quartz
Washington Post:
Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting, delivered on Dec. 21, 2012 (Transcript)  —  Video: After a week of silence in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the National Rifle Association finally spoke out Friday defending guns and decrying violence.
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John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
N.R.A. Calls for Armed Guards in Schools to Deter Violence  —  WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association on Friday called for schools to be protected by armed guards as the best way to protect children from gun violence.  —  The group, long the most vocal and influential organization …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
NRA CALLS FOR ARMED POLICE OFFICER IN EVERY SCHOOL
Reuters:
NRA's Newtown solution: Armed guards in schools
BuzzFeed:
10 Things The NRA Blamed For The Sandy Hook Massacre
Mike Allen / Politico:
Chuck Hagel apologizes for gay slur  —  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, seeking to preserve his viability for nomination as secretary of Defense, on Friday issued a strong apology for a gay slur in 1998 that turned some top Democratic activists against his potential selection.
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican Senator will oppose Hagel nomination  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the Republican whip, told me in a phone interview this morning he would oppose the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense: “I can't support a Hagel nomination if it comes,” he said.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Chuck Hagel Is Criticized Over Gay Rights Record  —  WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator on President Obama's short list for defense secretary, came under fire again on Thursday, this time for his record on gay rights and remarks he made 14 years ago about an openly gay nominee for a diplomatic post.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Shock audio: Hagel on the “Jewish lobby” [UPDATE: Hagel Apologizes for Gay Comments]
Discussion: Politico
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Kerry Is Pick for Secretary of State, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, a senior administration official said.  He would succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton and become the first member of Mr. Obama's second-term national security team.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Frank not saying ‘no’ to Senate appointment
Wjac Web / WJAC-TV:
4 dead in Blair Co. shooting; 3 troopers injured  —  Sponsored Links  —  BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. —  The Blair County district attorney said that four people, including the alleged gunman, are dead after a series of shootings along a rural road on Friday.  —  The district attorney …
CNN:
Community Resource Officer Called to “Back Lot”  —  Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Neil Gardner soon would complete his second year as the uniformed community resource officer assigned to Columbine High School.  Gardner, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, normally ate his lunch …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Huelskamp holds heated exchange with Scarborough on gun control  —  Talk show host Joe Scarborough and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kanses) engaged in a heated discussion Friday over gun control.  —  Scarborough and Huelskamp both shouted over one another after Huelskamp said those arguing …
Discussion: Politico
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
With Farm Bill Stalled, Consumers May Face Soaring Milk Prices  —  WASHINGTON — Forget the fiscal crisis and the automatic budget cuts.  Come Jan. 1, there is a threat that milk prices could rise to $6 to $8 a gallon if Congress does not pass a new farm bill that amends farm policy dating back to the Truman presidency.
 
 
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