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9:50 AM ET, December 17, 2012


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dukakis seen as possible Senate replacement if Kerry tapped for State  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, may be headed back to the political spotlight as he's considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).
Wall Street Journal:
New Calls for Gun Limits  —  Several lawmakers Sunday called for reintroducing a ban on assault weapons in the wake of Friday's deadly school rampage.  President Barack Obama is also likely to propose gun-policy changes, according to two administration officials.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?  —  IN the harrowing aftermath …
Washington Post:
Newtown school shooter's mother collected guns, was loath to let people inside home
Alan Duke / CNN:
Remembering the victims  —  Editor's note: is listing …
Discussion: and Towleroad News #gay
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Texas congressman: Principal should have been armed for self-defense
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Connecticut school shooting reignites gun control debate
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and The Hill
Washington Post:
President Obama's speech at prayer vigil for Newtown shooting victims (Full transcript)  —  Full transcript of President Obama's remarks at a Dec. 16 prayer vigil for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  —  OBAMA: Thank you.  —  Thank you, Governor.
Nikki Haley / CNN:
Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon  —  (CNN) - Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina will announce GOP Sen. Jim DeMint's successor at noon EST on Monday, her spokesman posted on Twitter. … Haley called former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, one of the short list members …
Associated Press:
Nikki Haley to announce Jim DeMint's successor  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is announcing a replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.  —  Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says Haley will make the announcement at noon Monday at the Statehouse.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Washington Post:
Boehner offers to take debt limit off the table  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end “fiscal cliff.”
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
4 Reasons Why Boehner's Latest Tax Offer Is A Bad Deal  —  Politico reported yesterday that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has proposed a tax increase in income in excess of $1 million as part of the ongoing negotiations to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
Reuters:   White House won't accept new tax offer from Republican leader
Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost:
Liberals Call For Murder Of NRA President, Members & Repeal Of Second Amendment  —  When I wrote yesterday about the liberals coming out against guns, I had no idea just how some people would react.  What once would have been unthinkable to blast out into public seems to be becoming more normal via things like Twitter and Facebook.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:   To Judge Richard Posner, Gun Control Is a Joke
Detroit Free Press:
Top Republican official Ron Weiser's comments about Detroit on videotape are causing a stir  —  LANSING — The finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, who also was Michigan's former GOP chairman, was captured on video telling a tea party meeting that voters in Detroit get picked …
John Fund / National Review:
The Facts about Mass Shootings  —  A few things you won't hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre:  —  Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.  —  In fact, the high point …
Reid Wilson /
The GOP's Electoral College Scheme  —  Swanson Middle School, a polling place in Arlington, VA.  —  Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
William D. Cohan / Bloomberg:
Smart Money Is on Geithner to Replace Bernanke  —  One of the more amusing parlor games played after a U.S. presidential election is figuring out who will get what important position in the next administration.  —  Will Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts — the best, most logical choice …
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Tonight's Saturday Night Live Cold Open: The New York Children's Chorus Singing “Silent Night”  —  Given yesterday's devastating events in Connecticut, it seemed impossible for NBC to put together a Saturday Night Live cold open that could be seen in any way as appropriate for the mood.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
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Gérard Depardieu says he will give up French passport over tax rises
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Richard Reeves / Guardian:
Coalition, act two: Liberal Democrats must step away from the Tories | Richard Reeves
Discussion: Telegraph, Spectator and BBC
December 16: Dannel Malloy, Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Bennett, David Brooks …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Newport Beach police: Man arrested after firing 50 shots in mall parking lot; no one injured
How The NRA Twitter Handles A Mass Shooting: Silence
Discussion: Moe Lane
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Loss of the Innocents  —  NEWTOWN, Conn., is about 20 miles …
The Week:
The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Three lessons from the near-final popular vote
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Every Single Pro-Gun Rights Senator Declined To Appear On Meet The Press Today