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7:05 PM ET, December 21, 2012

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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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Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
While the NRA Was on TV Talking About the Need for More Guns Some Guy Was Walking Up and Down a Road in Pennsylvania Shooting People  —  The National Rifle Association today held its first press conference since last week's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and the takeaway was clear: We need more guns.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference  —  When National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre leader took the stage on Friday to address the media about last week's elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns.
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 …
BuzzFeed:   10 Things The NRA Blamed For The Sandy Hook Massacre
Slate:
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
ABCNEWS:
NRA Calls for Armed School Guards, Scoffs at Gun Laws
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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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The humiliation of John Boehner  —  He's powerless, and his own party continues to make him look like a fool.  Maybe he'll just walk away  —  Last night was hardly the first public humiliation that John Boehner has suffered at the hands of his fellow Republicans, but it's probably the most stark.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're going to have to find some common ground'
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Points — Subtly — Toward A Way Forward After Failure Of Plan B
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Does A Speaker Survive This?
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Nominates Kerry for Secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama nominated Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, choosing an elder of the Democratic Party's foreign policy establishment and a crucial political ally in the Senate to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Scramble is on for Kerry's Senate seat
Discussion: Politico and FiveThirtyEight
Mj Lee / Politico:
Frank not saying ‘no’ to Senate appointment
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice congratulate Kerry on State nomination
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama calls Kerry ‘perfect choice’ to succeed Clinton
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
Tom Cotton / Wall Street Journal:
A Soldier's-Eye View of Chuck Hagel
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 …
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Melissa Hayes / NorthJersey.com:
Christie: Armed guards won't make schools safer  —  Governor Chris Christie said he doesn't agree that placing armed guards at every school in the state would help prevent tragedies like the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last week.  —  “In general I don't think that the solution to safety …
Discussion: Post Politics and Mediaite
David Weigel / Slate:
Wayne LaPierre Wants Armed Guards at Schools.  Columbine Had an Armed Guard.  —  There will be more to say later about the NRA's “press conference” in Washington—a staged event with no question-and-answer period.  For now, I can show you the strange set-up, which put NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre …
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 …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be  —  LOS ANGELES — Let Colorado and Washington be the marijuana trailblazers.  Let them struggle with the messy details of what it means to actually legalize the drug.  Marijuana is, as a practical matter, already legal in much of California.
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Raw Story and The BLT
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.
Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
The Single Best Anti-Gun-Death Policy?  Ending the Drug War  —  Universal gun confiscation is impossible, and even aggressive gun control might not dramatically reduce gun-related deaths.  But ending our ridiculous and expensive war on drugs could.  —  Reuters  —  This is not a column against gun control.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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