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12:45 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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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal unlikely  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said it is likely too late for Congress to pull the nation back from the “fiscal cliff.”  —  Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid castigated Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for sending members of the House …
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and The Fix
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pollsters' Regrets  —  If you spent a tenth the time I did staring at and trying to understand polls during the 2012 election cycle, then you owe it to yourself to read Steven Shepard's National Journal piece on the post-election debate over polls and poll aggregation.
Drew Hansen / Del Ray, VA Patch:
Sen. Crapo Consumed Vodka Prior to Arrest in Del Ray  —  U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is scheduled to appear in Alexandria court on Jan. 4.  —  U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) admitted to consuming several shots of vodka hours before being arrested and charged with driving under …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Senate set to debate privacy amendments to surveillance bill on Thursday  —  The Senate is set to debate a handful of privacy-focused amendments to a controversial surveillance bill when it gets back to work on Thursday.  —  Civil liberties and privacy groups had urged the Senate in recent weeks …
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
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Log Cabin Republicans release ad attacking possible Hagel nomination  —  A group representing gay Republicans published an ad opposing the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of Defense.  —  The ad, published Thursday in The New York Times by the Log Cabin Republicans …
Discussion: Politico
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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Joyce Lee Malcolm / Wall Street Journal:
Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Alistair Dawber / The Independent:
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New York Times:
Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and The Verge
Mj Lee / Politico:
Barney Frank: 'I'm tired'
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Dockworkers Strike Threatens to Close East Coast Ports
Associated Press:
Putin Says He Will Sign Law Barring U.S. Adoptions
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Hawaii's lieutenant governor is named to the U.S. Senate
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Angelo Young / International Business Times:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our History, and Theirs
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