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12:20 PM ET, December 27, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Rep. Steve LaTourette: ‘Blame game’ leading to cliff
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
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.
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.
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
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
John M. Broder / New York Times:
E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority  —  Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year tenure that began with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate change and other environmental ills but ended …
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Associated Press:
EPA Administrator Jackson Announces Resignation  —  The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline …
Discussion: This Just In and “The Lid”
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Departing Environmental Chief Suggests Obama Has Failed On Climate  —  A pointed statement on the way out.  “I spoke about the need to address climate change, but...”  —  Image by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration announced Thursday …
Discussion: yosemite.epa.gov
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 …
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Randi Weiner / lohud.com:
The Journal News/LoHud.com assailed for publishing map of gun permit holders
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
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
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
White House petitions hit Westboro church  —  More than 260,000 people have signed a petition to the White House asking for it to label the notorious Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.  —  The petition aimed at the church best known for picketing military funerals and other events with signs declaring …
Discussion: msnbc.com, The Week, Gawker and Boing Boing
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
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
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Paper Criticized for Publishing Home Addresses of Gun Owners  —  Share This: Digg!  —  The Journal News, a Westchester County, NY paper, has stirred a lot of outrage over its publication this week of a map with the names and home addresses of those with permits for handguns.
 
 
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‘Chemical weapons were used on Homs’: Syria's military police defector tells of nerve gas attack
Joshua Spivak / The Recall Elections Blog:
The Year in Recalls — 168 recalls in 2012; 509 petitions taken out
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Mj Lee / Politico:
Barney Frank: 'I'm tired'
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Dockworkers Strike Threatens to Close East Coast Ports
Associated Press:
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Reuters:
Mental illness, poverty haunted Afghan policewoman who killed American
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
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Virginia embodies GOP's woes
Discussion: Daily Kos
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