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2:40 PM ET, December 26, 2012

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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The White House's Kent Conrad problem  —  On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, made a proposal to solve the “fiscal cliff.”  The proposal isn't going anywhere, but its specifics explain something important about the White House's negotiating strategy.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Obama Returning to Capital to Seek Fiscal Deal  —  KAILUA, Hawaii — President Obama was planning to cut his Christmas vacation short and return to Washington to make a last-ditch push for a compromise on a tax and spending dispute that remains stubbornly unresolved.
Reuters:
Obama, Congress set for one last effort on “fiscal cliff”
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Benghazi penalties are bogus  —  The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.  —  The highest-ranking official caught …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Where's Hillary?
Fox News:
Lawmaker rips State after claim that official who ‘resigned’ over Libya remains on payroll
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
D.C. Police — NBC requested and was denied permission to use high capacity magazine in news segment  —  As noted in an earlier post, an email has surfaced purporting to be from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department stating that NBC requested permission to use a high capacity ammunication magazine and that the request was denied.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard  —  The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall.  —  Richard K. Armey, the group's chairman …
Starbucks Coffee Company:
Let's Come Together, America  —  Posted by Howard S., Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer  —  There are moments in our lives when we have an opportunity to ignite tremendous positive change—not just in the lives of the customers and communities we serve every day, but in our country.
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CNNMoney.com:
Starbucks makes political push on fiscal cliff
Discussion: The Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Give Chuck a Chance  —  In case you haven't heard, President Obama is considering appointing Chuck Hagel, a former United States senator from Nebraska and a Purple Heart winner, as the next secretary of defense — and this has triggered a minifirefight among Hagel critics and supporters.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
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Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
Chuck Hagel Gets His Second Wind  —  Tom Friedman, in this morning's New York Times, endorses Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.  Friedman finds it “disgusting” that Hagel has been “smeared as an Israel hater at best” by his detractors (some neoconservatives).
Washington Post:
In defense of Chuck Hagel
Norman J. Ornstein / Washington Post:
Look beyond the Capitol for the next speaker  —  Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of “It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Rick Manning / Pundits Blog:
Time to be the Speaker  —  I have a simple plea to John Boehner - be the Speaker.
Discussion: Politico
New York Post:
‘Killing people is what I like best’: Firefighter-slay lunatic's suicide screed  —  The homicidal maniac who torched his upstate neighborhood and gunned down two responding firefighters in an elaborate ambush left behind a twisted suicide note that revealed his bloodlust, authorities said yesterday.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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George M. Walsh / Associated Press:
Body found in Webster home is believed to be killer's sister
Discussion: neo-neocon, The Reaction and CNN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Frank Luntz: NRA not listening to public  —  Pollster Frank Luntz, who has studied attitudes about gun control, said on Wednesday that he doesn't “think the NRA is listening” to the American public in the wake of the massacre of 20 children at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Virginia embodies GOP's woes  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Look no further than Virginia to catch a glimpse of the GOP's national dilemma.  —  As the Old Dominion becomes a firmly centrist state, more closely resembling the rest of the country demographically and politically, Virginia Republicans are shifting rightward.
 
 
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Panic As They Lose the Gun Narrative
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in December: 8,827,795
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Really alternative schools rising
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats push for tax cuts they once opposed
Discussion: The Plum Line and Business Insider
Phil Gramm / Wall Street Journal:
The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies
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Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Complains Of Facebook Privacy Breach
Reason:
The Rioter's Veto  —  Can violence in the Middle East justify …
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Clout Diminished, Tea Party Turns to Narrower Issues
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Petition To Deport CNN Host For Gun Control Support Reaches 60,000 Signatures
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Refi Program Expansion Eyed
Discussion: AEIdeas and naked capitalism
ABCNEWS:
President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional …
Discussion: Politico
Joshua Green / Wonkblog:
Jack Klugman's secret, lifesaving legacy
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
FNC's ED HENRY just emailed me news about President Obama
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