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10:30 PM ET, December 26, 2012

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Gregory will not host this Sunday's ‘Meet The Press’  —  NBC's David Gregory, the subject of a now-popular police investigation, is on vacation and will not host this Sunday's edition of “Meet The Press.”  —  The Washington Metropolitan Police Department launched an investigation …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and The Other McCain
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TMZ.com:
‘Meet the Press’ Got the Green Light for Magazine Demo with David Gregory  —  For Magazine Demo  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on “Meet the Press” Sunday ... TMZ has learned.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cops told NBC not to use gun clip  —  NBC was told by the Washington, D.C., police that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air before Sunday's “Meet the Press,” according to a statement Wednesday from the cops.  —  “NBC contacted [the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] …
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
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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Dana Bash / CNN:
Source: Reid looking for votes on fiscal cliff package  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in conjunction with the White House, is working to see if the scaled back fiscal cliff package President Barack Obama laid out last week can get through Congress before December 31st.
Rick Manning / Pundits Blog:
Time to be the Speaker  —  I have a simple plea to John Boehner - be the Speaker.
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Derrick DePledge / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Schatz picked by Abercrombie to replace Inouye in U.S. Senate  —  Gov. Neil Abercrombie today selected Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye in the Senate.  —  Schatz, 40, said he will fly to Washington tonight and be sworn in Thursday so he can participate …
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Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Hawaii Gov. Names Sen. Inouye Replacement
Keoki Kerr / Hawaii News Now:
Dems choose Hanabusa, Kiaaina, Schatz as finalists for Inouye Senate seat
Discussion: 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?
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Geithner: US will hit $16.4 trillion debt limit on New Year's Eve  —  The United States will reach its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on Dec. 31 and undertake “extraordinary measures” to avoid default, the Treasury Department informed congressional leaders in a letter on Wednesday.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Treasury Secretary: U.S. To Hit Debt Ceiling On Monday
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Treasury: U.S. will hit debt limit New Year's Eve
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Truthdig
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).
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Bipartisan Group Of Former National Security Advisers Condemn Attacks On Hagel
Erin Mulvaney / Houston Chronicle:
Ex-President Bush in guarded condition in ICU with elevated fever  —  Former President George H.W. Bush was in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital Wednesday night battling a fever, his spokesman said.  —  The 41st president has been at Methodist hospital for more than a month now.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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CNN:
Bush 41 in intensive care with ‘stubborn fever’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Virginia embodies GOP's woes  —  Given a question on immigration, the attorney general puzzled attendees by discussing human trafficking and repeatedly using the word “illegals.”  —  Other Republicans, worried Cuccinelli is micro-managing his own campaign, recoiled at a curt note …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Panic As They Lose the Gun Narrative  —  When you argue for a living, you can tell how an argument is going for you.  The evidence and my gut both tell me that the liberals have lost control of the gun control narrative.  —  Not for lack of trying - it was almost as if they were poised …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A cost savings everyone should endorse  —  The cliff talks have disintegrated, victim of the Crazy Caucus also known as the Republican House.  But eventually they will resume, and with them discussion of a way to raise billions in tax revenue — an approach on which House Speaker John Boehner …
Kristinn Taylor / BREITBART.COM:
PSY CHRISTMAS SHOW BOMBS  —  The 31st annual “Christmas in Washington” concert on TNT December 21 suffered a dramatic 25 percent loss in viewers from the previous year, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The 2011 cablecast of “Christmas in Washington” drew 1.5 million viewers.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
lohud.com:
Journal News' gun-owner database draws criticism  —  Comments, calls go national, thanks to social media, key websites  —  WHITE PLAINS — Thousands of people, many from outside Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, have taken to their computers and phones in rage after The Journal News posted …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
3 senators want in on detention arguments  —  Three Republican senators are asking that their lawyer be allowed to make a presentation when a federal appeals court hears oral arguments on the scope of a provision regarding law-of-war detention that Congress passed last year.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The N.R.A. at the Bench  —  There has been plenty written about the National Rifle Association in recent days.  But nothing that I've seen has focused on the gun lobby's increasingly pernicious role in judicial confirmations.  So here's a little story.  —  Back in 2009, when President …
 
 
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Pay in Oil Fields Is Luring Youths in Montana
USA Today:
Gun control poll shows mixed results
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Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Los Angeles Times:
Boy Scout files on suspected abuse published by The Times
Discussion: The Raw Story
Chris Fountain / For What It's Worth:
Keep up the heat - and look who's got the home address of Cyndee Royle, editor of the Journal-News?
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Who Is Too Unbalanced to Be Armed?
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court punts on recess appointments
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Kitty Felde / Represent!:
San Diego's new mayor Bob Filner fires some parting shots at Congress
Discussion: Politico
Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
Netflix ‘Social Features’ Coming In 2013, Once President Signs Bill
New York Times:
Legislative Handcuffs Limit A.T.F.'s Ability to Fight Gun Crime
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats push for tax cuts they once opposed
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard