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11:25 PM ET, December 27, 2012

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Politico:
Fiscal cliff: House will come back on Sunday  —  House Republican leaders are bringing the House back into session on Sunday, lawmakers were told in a Thursday conference call.  —  one day before the nation reaches the fiscal cliff.
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
TRENDING: Hoyer compares GOP debt limit tactics to hostage taker threatening to shoot child  —  Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, the No.2 Democrat in the U.S. House, Steny Hoyer, compared Republican tactics for dealing …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Triumph of the Tea Party mindset  —  Don't be fooled by those who say it's dying: The fiscal cliff impasse proves its spirit dominates the GOP  —  Two stories that might seem to contradict each other ran in the New York Times this week.  One declared the Tea Party movement “significantly weakened” …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Federal Court Won't Rescue the Senate From Its Own Incapacity  —  Senators must tame the filibuster or it will destroy them — and the Congress they serve in.  —  Joshua Roberts/Reuters  —  Federal Judges rarely play Santa Claus, and U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan declined to brighten the holiday for Senate Democrats.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Obama sets last-ditch meeting with Hill leaders
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes and Twitchy
Reuters:
Fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely
First Read:
Boehner calls House back to Washington on Sunday
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Mitch McConnell lies low as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
New Fiscal Crisis Talks Set, but Hopes Are Low
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
HARRY REID: ‘It Looks Like’ We'll Go Over The Cliff Because Of Boehner's ‘Dictatorship’
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Crooks and Liars
bigstory.ap.org:
AP SOURCE: RETIRED GEN. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF DIES  —  You are here  —  Home » Norman Schwarzkopf » AP source: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding …
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Jenn / Twitchy:
‘Die painfully’: 50 soulless degenerates who can't wait for George H.W. Bush to die  —  Former President George H.W. Bush is surrounded by family in the ICU of Houston's Methodist Hospital as he fights a “stubborn fever.”  Doctors are “cautiously optimistic,” but the 88-year-old “remains in guarded condition.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies  —  Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday.  He was 78.  —  (CNN) — Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died Thursday, a U.S. official said.  He was 78.  —  After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Norman Schwarzkopf / Associated Press:
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies at 78
Discussion: Mediaite
Mark Arsenault / Boston Globe:
US Rep. Markey to run in Senate special election  —  US Representative Edward Markey, dean of the state's Washington delegation, will run in 2013 for the US Senate seat expected to open with the nomination of US Senator John Kerry to head the State Department.
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Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Markey To Run For Kerry's Senate Seat
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Media disdain for the David Gregory story  —  Some political and media types weren't impressed by headlines this week reporting that D.C. police are investigating the alleged display of a gun magazine on NBC's Meet the Press.  They took to the Internet with their disdain for the story.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
NRA Has 54% Favorable Image in U.S.  —  Republicans most positive about NRA; Democrats most negative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion.  The public's ratings of the NRA …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Changing History  —  Some fascinating findings from Pew's on-going number crunching of the 2012 election.  African-Americans, for the first time ever, may have voted at higher rates than American whites.  —  From Pew ...  Pew goes on to note that while participation rates for Hispanics …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Incoming Sen. Schatz had ‘brief chat’ with Obama on Air Force One  —  Incoming Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) had a “brief chat” with President Obama before sleeping through most of his Air Force One flight this morning to be sworn in to the Senate.  —  Schatz, who was appointed less …
Discussion: Politico
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New York Post:
Folks freak at size of tax hikes if fiscal cliff isn't averted in the coming days  —  They're ready to jump off a real cliff.  —  New Yorkers of all income levels got a rude awakening yesterday when they saw in The Post how much more they will pay in taxes next year without a fiscal-cliff deal by Jan. 1.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Seek the Holy Grail of Gun Control  —  Dianne Feinstein has announced that she will introduce sweeping gun control legislation in the Senate.  Under her bill, countless standard handguns apparently would now be banned, and for the first time a federal register that may include …
Pew Internet:
E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines  —  Findings  —  The population of e-book readers is growing.  In the past year, the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%.  At the same time, the number of those who read printed books …
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Scott Brown Breaks News Of Nonexistent Fiscal Cliff Offer  —  The senator's scoop falls flat.  “Not true,” an aide to Harry Reid responds.  —  Image by Charles Krupa, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — With a post to his Facebook page Thursday, Sen. Scott Brown sent Washington scurrying …
Discussion: Daily Download and Hot Air
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Year the Dreams Died
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Josh Rogin / Josh Rogin's blog:
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Washington State Senators Cross Aisle and Tilt Ideological Balance
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Abortion-rights champion stepping down
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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