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1:55 AM ET, December 27, 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 …
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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.
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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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.
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: Politico and Reuters
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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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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Pete Williams / First Read:
Supreme Court declines to block provision covering contraceptives in health care law
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Hawaii Gov. Names Sen. Inouye Replacement  —  A supporter congratulates then-Lt. Gov.-elect Brian Schatz, center, as his wife Linda looks on at the Neil Abercrombie-Brian Schatz Hawaii governor's post election party in Honolulu, Nov. 3, 2010.  Schatz was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie …
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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 …
Keoki Kerr / Hawaii News Now:
Dems choose Hanabusa, Kiaaina, Schatz as finalists for Inouye Senate seat
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Treasury: U.S. will hit debt limit New Year's Eve
Discussion: Truthdig and Weasel Zippers
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Treasury Secretary: U.S. To Hit Debt Ceiling On Monday
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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 …
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 …
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
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
First Fighting Islamists, Now the Free Market  —  CAIRO — Hamdeen Sabahi was the most popular leader in the fight against Egypt's new Islamist-backed constitution.  Now he is preparing for his next battle: against Islamist leaders' plans for Western-style free-market reforms.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Reuters:
Egypt's contentious Islamist constitution becomes law
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
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?
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
 
 
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