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1:50 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.
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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
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 …
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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Fox News:
Lawmaker rips State after claim that official who ‘resigned’ over Libya remains on payroll
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Washington Post:
In defense of Chuck Hagel
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
Washington Post:
Police: NBC asked to use high-capacity clip  —  Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  During an interview with NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press,” David Gregory held up a high-capacity ammunition magazine.
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Complains Of Facebook Privacy Breach  —  Randi Zuckerberg, Mark's sister and former marketing director of Facebook, posted a photo to her Facebook.  She was less than thrilled when someone reposted it to Twitter.  —  Randi Zuckerberg posted this photo to her Facebook showing …
Reason:
The Rioter's Veto  —  Can violence in the Middle East justify censorship in the United States?  —  Jacob Sullum from the January 2013 issue  —  “In any war between the civilized man and the savage,” says the ad, “support the civilized man.  Support Israel.  Defeat jihad.”
Discussion: Jihad Watch
BBC:
Nigeria gunmen ‘kill at least five Christians’  —  Gunmen in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe have shot dead at least five Christians, a human rights worker in the area has told the BBC.  —  He said that a church in Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe, was set on fire in an attack late on Christmas Eve.
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FRANCE 24:
Gunmen kill six at Nigerian Christmas service
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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