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12:50 PM ET, December 30, 2012

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December 30: President Barack Obama, Tom Brokaw, Jon Meacham, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, and Chuck Todd  —  December 30: President Obama, Brokaw, Meacham, Kearns Goodwin, Brooks, Todd  —  Below:  —  updated 2012-12-30T14:17:37  —  DAVID GREGORY:  —  Mr. President, welcome back to Meet the Press.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Pressure’ on Congress, blames GOP as deadline nears  —  President Obama said Sunday that the “pressure is on Congress” to reach a compromise and resolve the so-called “fiscal cliff,” sharply criticizing GOP leaders for the unresolved talks.  —  In an exclusive interview with NBC's …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Accuses Republicans of Blocking Tax Compromise  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Sunday implored Congress to act within the next 48 hours to avert the sharp tax increases and benefit cuts scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.  —  In remarks taped for broadcast on NBC's “Meet the Press …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Newtown Task Force Returns Biden to Gun Control Arena  —  WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, “This is my baby.”
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein: US has to ‘bite the bullet’ and enact new gun-control restrictions  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) argued Sunday it's time for the country to “bite the bullet” and pass new gun control legislation.  —  In response to a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown …
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Associated Press:
Lawyer: $100M School Shooting Claim About Security
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Washington Post:
Worst year in Washington: The tea party  —  The Gadsden flag, which flew proudly over the 2010 midterm elections, now lies in tatters — rent by internal disagreements, losses among its most visible standard-bearers and a growing sense that the tea party movement, which once looked …
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Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Why the War Party Fears Hagel  —  In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.  —  Who is Chuck Hagel?  —  Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work …
Discussion: Power Line, PJ Media and Israel Matzav
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Lindsay Graham: I Will Destroy America's Solvency Unless The Social Security Retirement Age Is Raised  —  Although official Washington is currently fixated on the so-called “Fiscal Cliff,” the biggest threat to American prosperity is the debt ceiling, which must be raised in February to prevent economic catastrophe.
Victor Davis Hanson / PJ Media:
An Anatomy of a Most Peculiar Institution  —  A Campus-full of Contradictions  —  Almost everything about the modern university is a paradox.  It has become a sort of industry gone rogue that embraces practices that a Wal-Mart or Halliburton would never get away with.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Schumer: Better than even odds of a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested that odds are better than even that legislators will come to a last minute agreement to prevent “fiscal cliff” spending cuts and tax rate increases.  —  Schumer, speaking Sunday on ABC's …
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Helen Pow / Daily Mail:
Obama picks his favourite photos of himself for 2012 (not that he likes to show off)  —  What with a Presidential election, two severe hurricanes, multiple mass shootings and a fiscal cliff, it has been a busy year for Barack Obama.  —  But at every twist and turn, his decisions …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lynn Sweet:
Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois: Sun-Times exclusive  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1  —  On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike.  —  Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes.  Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1.
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N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Wishful Thinking and Middle-Class Taxes
 
 
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