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12:25 PM ET, December 22, 2012

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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talk radio host Dana Loesch files suit in St. Louis against Breitbart.com  —  • By Robert Patrick rpatrick@post-dispatch.com 314-621-5154  —  ST. LOUIS  • Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday …
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Breitbart.com Star Dana Loesch Sues Site  —  Internal tensions erupt.  Loesch seeks $75,000 and her walking papers in a federal lawsuit, below.  —  Source: danaloesch.com  —  The internal disputes roiling the website founded by the late conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart broke …
David M. Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Former ‘BigJournalism’ star sues Breitbart empire for $75k, demands release from contract  —  In a lawsuit signifying a schism in the house that Andrew Breitbart built, former BigJournalism.com editor Dana Loesch has sued Breitbart.com LLC, claiming the company refused to release her from a contract …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Tax fight sends GOP into chaos  —  Video: Speaker of the House John Boehner says a tax bill did not advance to a vote in the House because it lacked votes.  But he says Republicans still want to negotiate a deal avoiding a big tax hike in 2013 and wants President Obama to get serious.
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
News Analysis: Still Bitter About Election, Republican Opposition Unwilling to Compromise with President  —  WASHINGTON — If Friday's memorial service for one of this country's long-serving senators was a somber recollection of a bipartisan era that once was, the rest of the day was a frenetic reminder …
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Case For Going Over The Cliff Remains Strong  —  WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the White House December 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  —  I wrote earlier today that I think the failure of Plan B makes a deal more likely than it would have been had the bill passed.
Discussion: Wonkblog and Firedoglake
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're going to have to find some common ground'
Discussion: CNN and Politico
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
‘God Only Knows’ Fiscal Cliff Solution, Boehner Says
Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Cliff’ Talks Hit the Wall  —  Behind Scenes, Boehner Failed to Sell Republicans on Taxes, While Obama's Spending Plans Rankled  —  WASHINGTON—Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama called Friday for a return to negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff …
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Joe Picard / The Hill:
Despite defeat, Boehner's grip on Speaker's gavel appears secure
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The humiliation of John Boehner
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Christie: No to armed school guards  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday placing armed guards inside schools as a response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre is “the easy way out” — a proposal rolled out by the National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.
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Wall Street Journal:
NRA Calls for Arms in School
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NRA Blames Everything Except Guns: Outdated Video Games, Hurricanes, And Corporate Media Led To Newtown
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG, Slate and Gawker
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker  —  Man's gas blamed for creating “intolerable” workplace  —  A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself  —  President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself.  In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word “my” 21 times, “me” 12 times, and “I” 30 times.  —  Obama's speech discussed how Inouye had gotten him interested in politics.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Iowa Court: Bosses Can Fire ‘Irresistible’ Workers  —  The Iowa Supreme Court says a dentist did not commit gender discrimination when he fired an attractive female assistant he viewed as a threat to his marriage.  —  The court ruled Friday that a boss can fire an employee he considers an …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Waking Up From Dream of Grand Bargain  —  “Call me a hopeless optimist,” said President Obama at his press conference tonight, in which he pleaded for Republicans to join him in averting the “fiscal cliff,” “but I still think we can get this done.”  —  Okay.  You're a hopeless optimist, President Obama.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Scramble is on for Kerry's Senate seat  —  President Obama's nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of State on Friday will set off a mad scramble — particularly among Democrats — to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat in a special election to be held next year.
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
OBAMA NOMINATES KERRY FOR SECRETARY OF STATE
Discussion: The New Republic
Chris Heath / GQ:
GQ Exclusive!  Ben Affleck on Politics: “Ugly.”  “Toxic.” …
Discussion: Gawker, Politico, CBS News and ABCNEWS
Charlotte Allen / National Review:
Newtown & My Critics  —  Well, at least no one is calling for my “head on a stick” — but that's probably because Prof. Erik Loomis of the University of Rhode Island is about the only person or entity that hasn't denounced me for pointing out in NRO's Sandy Hook symposium that the school …
 
 
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