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4:00 PM ET, December 20, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?  —  Washington (CNN) - Just over half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country's problems, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on ‘Plan B’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday the Senate will not vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) “Plan B” to extend tax rates for family income below $1 million.  —  The Democratic leader blasted Boehner for wasting time on …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
CNN:
House set to vote on Boehner's Plan B  —  Washington (CNN) — The House is set to vote Thursday on Plan B, a GOP version of an agreement on the fiscal cliff, and another measure designed to lure support for the plan from hard-line Republicans.  —  The White House threatened Wednesday to veto that plan …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: ‘We Are Not Going to Do Anything’  —  Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his “fiscal cliff” position clear in a press conference today.  “We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.  —  Reid added, “We are not taking up anything they are working on over there.”
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Cantor: We have the votes for Plan B
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House lawmakers' positions on GOP's ‘Plan B’
Brian Thompson / nbcnewyork.com:
Cory Booker Will Run for U.S. Senate in 2014: Sources  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New York.
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Cory Booker:
Finishing the Work We Started  —  I love Newark.  I did not come to this city through the providence of birth.  I chose Newark, and Newark, thank God, accepted me, embraced me and allowed me the greatest privilege of my life - to serve as mayor.  —  As Mayor, the politics and process of change hasn't been easy.
David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:
Cory Booker won't challenge Christie, eyes U.S. Senate instead
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich On Mitt Romney: ‘I Would Have Probably Done Better’ Against Obama … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Gingrich 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Immigration Reform, Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney, Rnc Review, Romney Media, Politics News
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Newt Gingrich Supports “Reality” Of State-Sanctioned Marriage Equality
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I don't agree with any of my FNC colleagues or anyone else who is a tad bit sarcastic on our air about Secretary Clinton's health  —  I believe that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion.  She has never shied away from a fight (assuming the testimony would even amount to that) …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Steven Greenhouse / Media Decoder:
‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns' Lawsuit  —  Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum wage violations.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A sad announcement  —  I know I probably shouldn't have done it — especially because yesterday was a snowy day with the temperature here in Colorado dipping well below freezing — but on a whim I took all my guns and ammunition out in a small skiff on one of the nearby lakes and, sad to say …
Discussion: Primordial Slack
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Invokes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law After Shooting Fellow Pizza Customer  —  A Florida man defended his decision to shoot an impatient pizza customer over the weekend, citing the state's infamous “Stand Your Ground” law.  —  Michael Jock, a 52-year-old resident of St. Petersburg …
Discussion: Gawker and AMERICAblog
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Brings On Santa Claus To Discuss The ‘War On Christmas’  —  Fox and Friends took its coverage of the so-called “War on Christmas” to the front lines on Thursday morning by inviting Santa Claus to weigh in on America's changing culture and secularization.
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Connecticut congressman: Rick Perry a ‘testosterone laden’ individual with blood on his hands … During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chuck Hagel Once Opposed Nominee Because He Was “Openly Aggressively Gay”  —  The man who would be Secretary of Defense also supported the ban on open military service for gays and lesbians.  —  Image by Ali Jarekji / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Chuck Hagel …
Discussion: Politico, Weekly Standard and Mediaite
Ann Coulter / Official:
WE KNOW HOW TO STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS  —  In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Newtown, Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy for some, anger for others  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — Twenty-six.  Not 27.  —  When many people in Newtown count the victims in last week's massacre, they tally 20 children in Sandy Hook Elementary School, plus six adult faculty and staff members.
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
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Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Video game lobby breaks silence after Newtown shooting
Discussion: Business Insider
Ian Austen / New York Times:
In $18 Million Theft, Victim Was a Canadian Maple Syrup Cartel  —  OTTAWA — It was an inside job of sorts.  Thieves with access to a warehouse and a careful plan loaded up trucks and, over time, made off with $18 million of a valuable commodity.  —  The question is what was more unusual …
Discussion: National Review and The Tell
 
 
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Choose your own fiscal cliff adventure!
Discussion: CRFB.org
New York Post:
NYers who believe in Mayan apocalypse search for sex before the world ends
Jonathan Tamari / Philly.com:
Sen. Bob Casey changes stance, supports new gun laws
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The emerging aspect of the Benghazi scandal — failing to bring justice to the terrorists
Discussion: Washington Post
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
I would never be so insulting as to accuse the U. Penn Political Science Department of tokenism
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Mountain out of a molehill  —  The poet Carl Sandburg supposedly …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Reuters:
Holder: executive actions to be considered on gun violence
 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
On Guns, America Stands Out
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: No Guardrails, Again
David Lawder / Reuters:
Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion
Charles E. Schumer / Washington Post:
A middle ground on gun limits
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Miss USA Wins the Crown
Discussion: Althouse