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10:20 AM ET, December 19, 2012


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Michael Scherer / TIME:
2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President  —  Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn't amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama is Time's ‘Person of the Year’  —  President Barack Obama was named Time magazine's “Person of the Year,” the publication revealed Wednesday morning.  —  It is the president's second time winning the award; he won in 2008 after being elected to the White House for the first time.
Richard Stengel / TIME:
The Choice  —  In 1782 an expatriate French aristocrat named J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur who lived in New York's Hudson Valley published a book in London called Letters from an American Farmer.  The third letter was titled “What Is an American?”
Discussion: Post Politics
New York Times:
Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Benghazi report could tarnish Clinton's legacy  —  The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016.
Discussion: Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:   Review of Benghazi attack faults ‘grossly’ inadequate security, leadership failures
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Benghazi verdict: grossly inadequate security and systemic failures of leadership
Greg McDonald /
Bolton: Clinton's ‘Diplomatic Illness’ Shouldn't Stop Benghazi Testimony
Discussion: Politico
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Benghazi probe faults ‘systemic failures’ at State Department
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Reuters
Inquiry slams US State Department over Benghazi
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Obama Social Security Offer at Odds With Top Dems  —  President Barack Obama's offer to slow the growth of Social Security benefits would force fellow Democrats in Congress to abandon promises to shield the massive retirement and disability program from cuts as part of negotiations to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Tap Biden to Oversee Gun-Control Efforts
Discussion: The Caucus and Business Insider
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Barack Obama to announce guns task force
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Washington Examiner:
White House endorses specific gun restrictions
Discussion: and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Facing Critical Choice After Shooting
AmEx's Chenault Said to Be Discussed for Treasury Post
Discussion: DealBook, Quartz and Business Insider
Austin Wright / Politico:
Flouting veto threat, conferees finish defense bill
Discussion: Lawfare
The White House is defending President Barack Obama's proposal …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Chuck Hagel is not the right choice for defense secretary  —  FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team.  He would not, however, move it toward the center …
NY Daily News:
Comfort dogs help ease pain of mourning Newtown community  —  Groups from across the country brought dogs, some of them therapy animals, some just caring pets, to help both young and old cope with their grief over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  —  Dogs comfort a little boy Monday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap  —  NEWTOWN, CONN. - The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A better target for gun control
New York Sun:
Kagan on the Second  —  There have been so many irresponsible statements by those seeking to exploit the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, that it's hard to keep up with them, but for the combination of arrogance and inaccuracy one can't beat the editorial the New York Times ran out this week under …
Discussion: Right Turn
Adolph L. Reed Jr / New York Times:
The Puzzle of Black Republicans  —  WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans.  Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation.
Tampa Bay Times:
Man shot at St. Pete pizza joint had been complaining about slow service  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Florida's controversial “stand your ground” law has been cited in hundreds of cases.  People have used it to justify shooting, stabbing, killing and maiming would-be intruders, romantic competitors and rival gang members.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Times Embarrasses Itself on Guns-Again!  —  It's too bad the members of the New York Times editorial board don't sign their editorials.  If they did, we could ridicule them by name.  The Times, as an institution, has chosen to place ideology above accuracy.
Discussion: Quartz
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
More Fun With Numbers At The Times
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Boehner: Raising Medicare age can wait until next year  —  Congress doesn't need to raise the Medicare eligibility age this year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.  —  Raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 was on the table in earlier debt talks, and has been floated again …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Michigan's Republican Governor Vetoes Concealed Gun Bill, Cites Sandy Hook Shooting  —  Sandy Hook was a factor, said Snyder in a statement.  “This type of violence often leaves society with more questions than answers.”  —  Republican Michigan Governor Rick Synder vetoed a concealed gun bill Tuesday afternoon.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New GOP polling firm goal: Catch up with Dems  —  The Republican polling community is about to get a shake-up.  —  With the GOP still reeling from its defeats in the 2012 election, a new Republican polling firm is seeking to help the party bounce back with a fresh stream of data on the state of the electorate.
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Matt Ridley / Wall Street Journal:
Cooling Down the Fears of Climate Change
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Civilian analysts gained Petraeus's ear while he was commander in Afghanistan
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Gun sales surge in US amid crackdown fears
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Aaron Hicklin / Out Magazine:
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