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5:25 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.”
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough: Newtown Shooting Made ‘Ideologies Of My Past’ On Guns Irrelevant (VIDEO)  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Morning Joe, Morning Joe, Video, Joe Scarborough Gun Control, Joe Scarborough Gun Rights …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided over What Newtown Signifies  —  Parents Shield Young Children from News Coverage  —  OVERVIEW  —  The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday have drawn widespread public interest.  A weekend survey finds that 57% of Americans say they followed news about the tragedy there very closely.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Poynter
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Scarborough Questions ‘Long-Held’ Beliefs After Newtown: ‘Ideologies Of My Past Career’ No Longer ‘Relevant’
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. stays vague on Obama's follow-up to Newtown shooting
Discussion: The Hill and
Washington Post:
President Obama's speech at prayer vigil for Newtown shooting victims (Full transcript)
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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   In Search of the Guns & Freedom Unicorn
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’
Discussion: Wonkblog, Hit & Run and National Review
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 …
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.).
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks  —  The conservative groups Club for Growth and Heritage Action on Monday lashed out over reported concessions by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in secret budget negotiations with President Obama.
Discussion: National Review, CNN and Politico
Dana Bash / CNN:
CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
A ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is near: Here are the details
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Right Turn
Mark Heim /
North Alabama player tweets racist Obama comment after speech pre-empted NFL game, now gone from team  —  A North Alabama football player posted a racist tweet about President Barack Obama tonight in response to NBC pre-empting the 49ers-Patriots game on Sunday Night Football to show Obama's speech …
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
“Take That Nigger Off The TV, We Wanna Watch Football!”:  Idiots Respond To NBC Pre-Empting Sunday Night Football  —  NBC pre-empted the first quarter of tonight's 49ers-Patriots game to show President Obama's speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
John Cook / Gawker:
Richard Engel is Missing in Syria; NBC News Enforces News Blackout  —  NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports.  The reports also say that Aziz Akyava, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for.
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Group Blames Connecticut Shooting On Teachers, Unions, And Sex  —  In a lengthy screed that's essentially a round-up of every major cultural and policy grievance the American right holds with the rest of the country, author Timothy Birdnow cited concerns about the mental health …
Discussion: Gawker and Business Insider
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
HBO producing Scorsese-directed Bill Clinton documentary  —  HBO is producing a documentary about former President Bill Clinton by Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese.  —  The channel announced Monday that Clinton had given Scorsese full cooperation for the movie.
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Bill Clinton Documentary, Directed by Martin Scorsese, Coming to HBO
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 …
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Five States Where It's Harder To Get An Abortion Than It Is To Get A Gun  —  Following last week's tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, tens of thousands of Americans have signed their names to a petition calling on the White House to “produce legislation that limits access to guns.”
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Texas Gun Store Owner Is Offering Teacher Discounts  —  Crocket Keller, owner of Kellers Riverside Gun Store near Austin, TX, announced on local radio show KRLD that he would start offering a discount for teachers who want to carry a concealed weapon after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday.
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 …
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Will Oremus / Slate:
After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws.  It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since.
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