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1:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Gov. Haley picks Rep. Tim Scott to replace DeMint; Vile cries of ‘token,’ ‘Uncle Ruckus’ begin  —  As Twitchy reported, Gov. Haley is set to officially announce that Rep. Tim Scott will be Sen. DeMint's replacement.  Non-racists, which includes thrilled conservatives, swiftly and excitedly congratulated Rep. Scott.
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.).
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.
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   Conservative groups slam reported Boehner concessions in talks
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 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
With a Supermajority, California Democrats Begin to Make Plans  —  LOS ANGELES — The Democratic Party has controlled the California Legislature for a nearly unbroken stretch of 42 years.  Yet control goes only so far: it takes two-thirds of the Legislature to enact a host of important legislation …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Moe Lane
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POLITICO ebook: Plenty of 2012 pitfalls for Obama and Romney
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Todd Zywicki / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
Regulatory Decadence and Dodd-Frank
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Prosperity: US Drops Out of Top Ten
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That Terrible Trillion  —  As you might imagine, I find myself …
William D. Cohan / Bloomberg:
Smart Money Is on Geithner to Replace Bernanke
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John Fund / National Review:
The Facts about Mass Shootings
Discussion: Nice Deb
Detroit Free Press:
Top Republican official Ron Weiser's comments about Detroit on videotape are causing a stir
Richard Reeves / Guardian:
Coalition, act two: Liberal Democrats must step away from the Tories | Richard Reeves
Discussion: BBC and Spectator
Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost:
Liberals Call For Murder Of NRA President, Members & Repeal Of Second Amendment
December 16: Dannel Malloy, Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Bennett, David Brooks …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Althouse