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8:05 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.
Slate:
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?  —  Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.  —  Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we at Slate have been wondering …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NRA Blames Everything Except Guns: Outdated Video Games, Hurricanes, And Corporate Media Led To Newtown
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Gawker
John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
N.R.A. Calls for Armed Guards in Schools to Deter Violence
Melissa Hayes / NorthJersey.com:
Christie: Armed guards won't make schools safer
Discussion: Post Politics and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:   10 Things The NRA Blamed For The Sandy Hook Massacre
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
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
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Calls on Obama and Senate for Fiscal Solution
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama calls Kerry ‘perfect choice’ to succeed Clinton
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry a Frequent Visitor with Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
James Hormel: I question the sincerity of Chuck Hagel's ‘so-called apology’
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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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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Chris Heath / GQ:
GQ Exclusive!  Ben Affleck on Politics: “Ugly.”  “Toxic.”  “Horrendous.”  “Complete Bullsh-t.”  “I Don't Want To Run For Office.”  —  All this feverish speculation that Ben Affleck is ready to put himself forward as a candidate if John Kerry vacates his senate seat, does it really come from somewhere?
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
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Kylie Atwood / CBS News:
Affleck leaves door open for Senate run
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 BLT and The Raw Story
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
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
World survives as Maya ‘end of days’ marked in Mexico  —  Mayan calendar believers prep for end of the world  —  Tourists arrive in Sirince in western Turkey, believed to be one of the few places on earth not affected ...  CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico (Reuters) - Thousands of mystics …
 
 
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Northeast senators confident Sandy relief bill will pass
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Rolling Stone:
Glenn Hubbard, Leading Academic and Mitt Romney Advisor, Took $1200 an Hour to Be Countrywide's Expert Witness
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Mike Doyle / Suits & Sentences:
Judge dismisses anti-filibuster lawsuit
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