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11:20 AM ET, December 27, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
Free David Gregory  —  Moving right along in America's gun control, er, “conversation,” we now have the illuminating debate over the alleged criminality of “Meet the Press” host David Gregory.  Somehow this seems appropriate to the quality of the rest of the gun debate.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
WSJ ed board: ‘Free David Gregory’  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial board is dismissing right-wing calls for David Gregory's indictment as “entirely nonsensical,” reflecting the widely-held belief that the investigation involving the “Meet The Press” is not a legitimate use of law enforcement's time.
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Download
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
If David Gregory were not David Gregory  —  Now that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is on record that it told NBC News not to use the high capacity magazine in its segment with Wayne LaPierre, the big media is paying attention and taking this seriously.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why John Boehner Wants Action to Move to the Senate  —  The new line from John Boehner is that the onus is now on the Senate to pass a fiscal cliff solution, and then the House will take up and consider whatever the Senate passes.  —  On the face of it, this is nonsensical.  Democrats have a majority in the Senate.
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Reuters:
Fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely  —  Nearly all the major players in the fiscal cliff negotiations are starting to agree on one thing: A deal is virtually impossible before the New Year.  —  Unlike the bank bailout in 2008, the tax deal in 2010 and the debt ceiling in 2011 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rep. Steve LaTourette: ‘Blame game’ leading to cliff  —  The “blame game” playing out in Washington is going to push the country “over the edge” as the fiscal cliff looms, charged outgoing GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette on Thursday.  —  “If the president and Sen. [Harry] Reid and [Speaker] …
CBS News:
The “fiscal cliff”: What to expect if there's no deal
Discussion: Lynn Sweet and Daily Kos
New York Times:
As Fiscal Deadline Looms, Path to Deal Remains Unclear
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court won't block Obama health law's contraception mandate  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the Obama administration's contraception mandate from taking effect.  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate.
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Fox News:
Supreme Court denies Hobby Lobby request for reprieve from health care mandate  —  The Supreme Court has denied a request by Hobby Lobby to shield the company from the so-called contraceptive mandate while its legal battle plays out, after a federal court last week similarly ruled against the Christian-owned company.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and msnbc.com
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The N.R.A. at the Bench
Discussion: Daily Kos
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Role of Advocacy Groups in the Judicial Confirmation Process
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Pete Williams / First Read:
Supreme Court declines to block provision covering contraceptives in health care law
CEPR:
Ruth Marcus Is Outraged by Overly Generous Social Security Checks  —  Well, who can blame her?  After all, we have tens of millions of seniors living high on Social Security checks averaging a bit over $1,200 a month at a time when folks like the CEOs in the Campaign to Fix the Debt are supposed …
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A cost savings everyone should endorse
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and PERRspectives
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws, Still Oppose Bans  —  Support for strengthening gun sale laws has surged 15 percentage points since 2011  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., Gallup finds 58% of Americans in favor of strengthening …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Fix
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USA Today:
Gun control poll shows mixed results
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Politico
Robert Cox / Talk of the Sound:
Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?  —  The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area.  Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee — a reporter, editor or staffer.  The data does not include freelancers …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Piers Morgan: Bible And Constitution ‘Inherently Flawed,’ ‘Time For An Amendment To Bible’  —  On Monday, CNN host Piers Morgan invited Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren on his program to discuss gay marriage and the bible.  Fresh off his feud with Second Amendment rights activists following …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our History, and Theirs  —  Here in Minnesota, there has been a political skirmish over the Department of Education's adoption of new K-12 educational standards for social studies, including history.  The current revision has been drafted by education professionals and is proceeding through …
Discussion: The Free Press …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Hawaii's lieutenant governor is named to the U.S. Senate  —  Audrey McAvoy/AP - Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz speaks the state Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Dec. 26.  2012 after Gov. Neil Abercrombie, right, announced he was appointing Schatz to fill the seat vacated by the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
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antarctica.ac.uk:
Press Release - Antarctic lake mission called off  —  Home » Media Room » Press Releases » Press Release - Antarctic lake mission called off »  —  Number:  —  In the early hours of Christmas Day (Tuesday 25 December 2012) Professor Martin Siegert …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Associated Press:
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stepping down after tumultuous term  —  FILE: September 22, 2011: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies at a Capitol Hill hearing in Washington.REUTERS  —  The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog …
Discussion: “The Lid” and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China  —  CHENGDU, China — One day last summer, Pu Xiaolan was halfway through a shift inspecting iPad cases when she received a beige wooden chair with white stripes and a high, sturdy back.  —  At first, Ms. Pu wondered if someone had made a mistake.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and The Verge
 
 
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