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7:55 PM ET, December 28, 2012

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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Why they want to go over the cliff  —  Washington's Democratic and Republican power brokers have sent the message to the nation that going over the fiscal cliff is a worst-case scenario.  But they're not acting that way, not at all.  —  Instead, many of them have calculated that it's better …
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Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Congress: Come To A Deal - Or Else  —  Following a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday, President Obama appeared before the press to urge all parties to take immediate action to reach a deal before a set of major tax increases and spending cuts kick in on Jan. 1.
Discussion: PERRspectives and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Obama to Urge Fiscal Vote in Senate if Two-Party Talks Fail  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday evening that progress had been made in make-or-break talks on the fiscal crisis and pronounced himself cautiously “optimistic,” as Senate leaders worked furiously toward an agreement …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
‘Come together’ breaks Washington apart  —  Twitter has been rather amused by Starbucks' plan to solve the fiscal cliff by scrawling “come together” on every peppermint mocha and salted caramel latte sold in the Beltway.  —  This will not bring people together.  (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Manu Raju / Politico:
Reid, McConnell will try to cut deal  —  President Barack Obama called on Senate leaders to hammer out a last-minute deal to prevent taxes from rising on Americans across every income group, warning that he otherwise would push Congress to allow an up-or-down vote on an emergency fiscal package just before the new year's deadline.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Optimism for ‘fiscal cliff’ agreement grows ahead of White House meeting
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama's demand for renewed warrantless eavesdropping |  Glenn Greenwald  —  The California Democrat's disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama's agenda  —  To this day, many people identify mid-2008 as the time they realized …
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate approves bill to reauthorize foreign surveillance programs
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Maddow Blog
Paul Krugman:
A Double Shot of Misunderstanding  —  One of the enduring fantasies of the pundit class - most dramatically demonstrated by the ludicrous Politico piece on What Insiders Know - is that all we need to fix our economic problems is to get the great and the good together and bypass those pesky elected officials.
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
John Kerry, Vicki Kennedy, DSCC support Ed Markey for Senate  —  The Democratic establishment inside and outside Massachusetts is quickly lining up behind Rep. Ed Markey (D) in the likely special election for Sen. John Kerry's seat.  —  Kerry himself is supporting the longtime House member …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Kerry, Dems back Markey for Senate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Senate Republicans refuse to confirm Kerry until Hillary testifies about Benghazi
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
National Rifle Association vows to fight arms trade treaty at U.N.  —  (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade and dismissed suggestions that a recent U.S. school shooting bolstered the case for such a pact.
Discussion: Guardian
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Chicago Tribune:
Grim milestone: Austin shooting apparently 500th homicide in Chicago  —  Gave Bates smiled through tears as she swiped her hand across her phone, flipping through pictures of her cousin playing around and striking goofy poses.  —  “He was a lot of fun, very good at imitating people,” Bates said of Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Leader: Romney Was ‘The Worst Candidate In History’  —  Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips on Thursday disputed that President Obama claimed a mandate in November's election, arguing that his re-election victory came over “the worst candidate in history in Mitt Romney.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dallas Morning News:
Exclusive: David Dewhurst campaign says aide stole at least $600,000  —  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (front), receiving an endorsement during his U.S. Senate campaign from former rival Craig James, had hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from his state political accounts by an aide, his campaign says.
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
How polarisation in Washington affects a growing feeling of partisanship |  Harry J Enten  —  Legislators may no longer feel they have reason to play to the middle making Washington seem more divided than ever  —  “Can a divided House stand?” is a question that Nate Silver posed in a blogpost Thursday.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The logic of House GOP intransigence
Chelsea Karnash / CBS Philly:
3 Officers Wounded After Suspect Opens Fire At Gloucester Township Police Station  —  CLEMENTON, NJ (CBS) — Police and rescue crews responded to the Gloucester County Municipal Building on Chews Landing Road this morning after shots were fired inside the Gloucester Township police station.
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WPVI-TV:
3 officers injured, gunman dead after NJ police station shooting
Discussion: WFTS and ABCNEWS
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers  —  President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise.  One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Rage against rules  —  Instagram revolt  —  Instagram users outraged over new rules made good on their threat to dump the popular photo-sharing app.  —  The app, which Facebook acquired for $1 billion earlier this year, may have shed nearly a quarter of its daily active users in the wake of the debacle …
Jason Volentine / KASW-TV:
Sheriff Arpaio sending armed posse to protect schools  —  PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to deploy his armed volunteer posse to protect Valley schools from the kind of violence that happened in the Connecticut shooting tragedy.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  112th Congress, Harry Reid , John Boehner, Republican Party, Congress Productivity, Olympia Snowe, Bipartisanship, Congress Unproductive, Fiscal Cliff, Unproductive Congress, Politics News
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
High-Capacity Magazines Bill To Be Introduced By Democrats On First Day Of Congressional Session … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Gun Control, Video, Politics News, Assault Weapons, Assault Weapons Ban, Democrats Gun Control, Gun Control Bills, Gun Control Democrats, Gun Control Laws …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Paintings Outrage Islamic Hard-Liners in Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer To Hannity: Obama Has Successfully Created ‘An Internal Civil War’ Within The GOP
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators propose $1 trillion debt ceiling deal
Discussion: The National Memo
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Anybody Can Secretly Save Your Snapchat Videos Forever
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Regulating the Militia  —  My friend Brett Joshpe has published …
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Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Incoming Utah lawmaker open to limited gun control
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