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3:10 PM ET, December 17, 2012


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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pro-gun Sen. Joe Manchin: Time to act  —  West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who has an “A” rating from the NRA and is a lifetime member of the pro-gun rights group — said Monday that it was time to “move beyond rhetoric” on gun control.  —  “I just came with my family from deer hunting,” Manchin said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
New York Times:
In Town at Ease With Its Firearms, Tightening Gun Rules Was Resisted  —  People in the rural, hilly areas around Newtown, Conn., are used to gunfire.  In one woodsy stretch, southeast of downtown, the Pequot Fish and Game Club and the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Conceit That America Hasn't Had a Conversation About Guns  —  Current policy isn't an N.R.A. conspiracy.  Americans became increasingly pro-gun, even as debate on the subject raged.  —  Reuters  —  All words offered in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting are inadequate …
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.
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
‘Enough is enough’ Sen. Warner calls for ‘rational gun control’  —  RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Sen. Mark Warner (D - Virginia) is calling for lawmakers to pass “rational gun control” in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  —  Senator Warner explained his position during …
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Rifle Used in Killings, America's Most Popular, Highlights Regulation Debate  —  It comes in black, tan and camouflage.  A pink version was once raffled by a gun store to raise money for breast cancer research.  —  Favored by target shooters in competitions and by hunters who stalk small game …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: No ‘single solution’ to nation's gun violence epidemic
Discussion: Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
In Search of the Guns & Freedom Unicorn
Discussion: Washington Monthly
First Read:
First Thoughts: An explicit call to action
The Caucus:
Tim Scott to Be Named for South Carolina Senate Seat, Republicans Say  —  Updated Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has chosen Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, according to three Republican officials.  The move will make Mr. Scott the first black senator …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Meet Sen. Tim Scott: The Tea Party Lawmaker Who Wanted To Impeach President Obama And Kick Kids Off Food Stamps  —  Tim Scott is America's newest senator today after getting tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill the vacancy left by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Discussion: Truthdig, Wonkette and The Raw Story
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.).
Dana Bash / CNN:
CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama and House Speaker Boehner are discussing a $2 trillion framework on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, that would include roughly a trillion in tax increases and roughly a trillion …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and USA Today
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
4 Reasons Why Boehner's Latest Tax Offer Is A Bad Deal
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.
Obama expected to nominate anti-Israel Hagel as secretary of defense  —  US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel, an outspoken critic of Israel, as the next Pentagon chief.  —  The White House Counsel's office has reportedly completed Hagel's vetting process …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Iranian State Press Praises Likely Obama Defense Nominee as ‘Anti-Israel’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
NRA's Social Silence Group shuts down Facebook, goes mute on Twitter By Christopher Heine  —  The National Rifle Association shut down a key Twitter account last summer in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo. theater shootings.  On Saturday, one day after the unthinkable shootings at a Newtown …
Discussion:, The Verge and Mashable!
Dennis House / Channel 3's Dennis House Blogs:
Lieberman Wants Term Limits for Senators, Electoral College Eliminated  —  Retiring U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I) CT says it is time for sweeping changes in the way the United States chooses its leaders.  In an interview on “Face the State,” on WFSB-TV Hartford, Lieberman said he supports …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Lieberman urges term limits for senators in exit interview
Discussion: Politico
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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John Fund / National Review:
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Discussion: Moonbattery and Nice Deb
Detroit Free Press:
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