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Howard Kurtz / Daily Download:
Meet the President: David Gregory's Low-Intensity Interview  —  Well, this time David Gregory didn't brandish any weapons or show much firepower.  —  He pressed Barack Obama on a few points in the president's appearance this morning, designed to seize control of the media narrative one day before the fiscal cliff deadline.
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Politico:
No cliff deal as final hour approaches  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still haven't struck a deal to prevent taxes from rising on wage earners in the new year, sources say, as eleventh-hour negotiations to avert historic tax hikes approach a make-or-break moment Sunday.
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New York Times:
Negotiations Break Down on Debt Agreement  —  WASHINGTON — Negotiations to reach a last-ditch agreement to head off large tax increases and sweeping spending cuts in the new year broke down, at least temporarily, on Sunday after Republicans requested that a deal include a new way of calculating inflation …
Washington Post:
Senators trade proposals into night to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
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.
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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein: US has to ‘bite the bullet’ and enact new gun-control restrictions
Discussion: Politico and Infowars
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Some Thoughts About The Kingdom of Thailand  —  With Former Prime Minister Abhisit.  —  On Christmas Eve, ThaiPBS television interviewed me in Bangkok.  The interview is scheduled to air on 31 December at 9:40PM Thailand time.  Our interview will be online here.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Boehner says Obama should ‘lead, not cast blame’  —  (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner hit back at President Barack Obama's appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday, where the president faulted Republicans for the ongoing stalemate in the fiscal cliff battle.  —  Read Boehner's full statement after the jump.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Vilsack: Economy will suffer without farm bill
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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
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: Israel Matzav, PJ Media and Power Line
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Schumer: Better than even odds of a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
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Obama picks his favourite photos of himself for 2012 (not that he likes to show off)
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