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4:20 PM ET, December 24, 2012

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Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
All I Want for Christmas Is a New GOP  —  You call that governing?  Amid dismal fiscal-cliff talks and an even worse reaction to the shooting in Newtown, Mark McKinnon throws cold water on his wayward party.  —  What I want for Christmas is a new Republican Party.
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama is CNN's Most Intriguing Person of 2012  —  Obama: His year in facial expressions  —  Washington (CNN) — A year ago, President Barack Obama was under fire.  Today, he is being feted.  —  In just 12 months, the 51-year-old lawyer and former U.S. senator raised by a single mother went …
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Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney ‘had no desire to run,’ son says
USA Today:
4 firefighters shot, 2 killed at Webster, N.Y., fire  —  Fires allowed to spread while gunman remains at large  —  Police at the scene of the shooting.  A gunman shot and killed at least two firefighters responding to a house fire at a Rochester suburb early Monday.
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Associated Press:
THOUSANDS SIGN US PETITION TO DEPORT PIERS MORGAN  —  LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.  —  Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws …
Discussion: Twitchy, Moonbattery and American Power
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lohud.com:
Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?  —  The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.  Each dot represents an individual permit holder licensed to own a handgun — a pistol or revolver.  The data does not include owners …
Associated Press:
Senator From Idaho Is Arrested on a Drunken Driving Charge  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Senator Michael D. Crapo of Idaho was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence in a suburb of Washington, D.C., the authorities said.  —  Mr. Crapo, a Republican …
Discussion: Boise Weekly
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Mpoppel / BNO News:
Statements, booking photo following Sen. Crapo's DUI arrest
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Weekly Standard
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Idaho senator accused of DUI in Virginia
Discussion: The Week
CBS News:
Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Blues Cruise  —  Steaming past Guantánamo, en route to the Cayman Islands, a boatload of Republicans ponder the plight of a party at sea.  —  The whole thing was white, and broken, that much was clear.  A week after the presidential election, when the dreams of Republicans were dashed …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Impolitic
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Search for Way Through Fiscal Impasse Turns to the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With little more than a week for lawmakers to avert huge tax increases and spending cuts, attention is turning from the gridlocked House to the Senate, where some Republicans on Sunday endorsed President Obama's call …
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say  —  Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a “poisonous gas” used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.  —  Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others …
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Al Jazeera Blogs:
Poisonous gas sprayed in a rebel-held neighbourhood in Homs, medics there say
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Prophecy Fails  —  Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world.  Their purpose was to observe the cultists' response when the world did not, in fact, end on schedule.  What they discovered, and described in their classic book …
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Ron Paul denounces NRA schools plan  —  Outgoing Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) distanced himself Monday from a National Rifle Association proposal to place armed guards at every school, saying “government security is just another kind of violence.”  —  He said the federal government should not try to …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense  —  Nebraska Republican's Pentagon nomination appears to be failing because of his blunt advocacy of unpopular positions.  —  Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues …
TMZ.com:
Vinny from ‘Jersey Shore’ — I Wanna Be a Politician  —  VINNY FROM ‘JERSEY SHORE’  —  I Wanna Be a Politician  —  With “Jersey Shore” officially in the history books ... Vinny Guadagnino says he's looking to transition into a career with even more sex, booze and drama ... POLITICS!!
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Ted Kennedy Jr. will not seek Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
John Kerry's Record in Latin America
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Jason DeParle / New York Times:
For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall
Peyton Craighill / The Fix:
Poll: Public sours on what 2013 will bring
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Edward Malnick / Telegraph:
Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East
truth-out.org:
Put a Teacher in Every Gun Store: That Should Do the Trick, Wayne “NRA” LaPierre
Discussion: dagblog and The Political Carnival
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Reuters:
Afghan policewoman kills coalition contractor in Kabul: NATO
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Hill
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ceremony in Honolulu Remembers Senator
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
The truth is that politicians are telling lies
Andrew Dalton / The Huffington Post:
Richard Adams Dead: Gay Marriage Pioneer Dies At Age 65
Discussion: The Raw Story
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School
Anjali Sareen / Mediaite:
Cory Booker Lambasts ‘False’ Gun Debate: 'I Don't Know If Anybody Here Has Seen Someone Shot... I Have'
Discussion: Hot Air
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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