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6:55 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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New York Times:
Leaders Meet at White House in Urgent Bid for Fiscal Deal  —  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 on an agreement toward …
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:
Obama to demand up-or-down vote on fiscal cliff proposal  —  A last-minute deal at Friday's White House meeting to avert the fiscal cliff appears highly unlikely, according to senior officials on both sides, with President Barack Obama expected to renew his demands for a plan to raise taxes on families who earn more than $250,000.
Talking Points Memo:
Obama To Congress: Come To A Deal - Or Else
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Optimism for ‘fiscal cliff’ agreement grows ahead of White House meeting
Discussion: 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.
Gregory L. White / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Signs Ban on U.S. Adoptions  —  Children at an orphanage in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.  A new law would ban Americans from adopting Russians.  —  MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Friday banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children, raising tensions with Washington …
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Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
National Rifle Association vows to fight arms trade treaty at U.N.
Discussion: Guardian
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
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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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
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.
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Senate Republicans refuse to confirm Kerry until Hillary testifies about Benghazi
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.
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 …
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.
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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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer To Hannity: Obama Has Successfully Created ‘An Internal Civil War’ Within The GOP
Tod / The Huffington Post:
COMMUNITY PUNDITS … What a load of horse manure!
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
Discussion: BBC, TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Verge
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Incoming Utah lawmaker open to limited gun control
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Retired Gen. Schwarzkopf dies at 78
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Summoned Back to Work, Senators Chafe at Inaction
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