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10:15 AM ET, December 22, 2012


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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Case For Going Over The Cliff Remains Strong  —  WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the White House December 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  —  I wrote earlier today that I think the failure of Plan B makes a deal more likely than it would have been had the bill passed.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Tax fight sends GOP into chaos  —  Video: Speaker of the House John Boehner says a tax bill did not advance to a vote in the House because it lacked votes.  But he says Republicans still want to negotiate a deal avoiding a big tax hike in 2013 and wants President Obama to get serious.
Discussion: Prairie Weather, Hullabaloo and The Fix
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Despite defeat, Boehner's grip on Speaker's gavel appears secure  —  The House Republican conference didn't deliver the votes to pass Boehner's “Plan B,” sapping his leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations.  —  John Boehner's grip on the Speaker's gavel appears to be secure …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'We're going to have to find some common ground'
Discussion: CNN and Politico
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
‘God Only Knows’ Fiscal Cliff Solution, Boehner Says
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The humiliation of John Boehner
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talk radio host Dana Loesch files suit in St. Louis against  —  • By Robert Patrick 314-621-5154  —  ST. LOUIS  • Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Friday …
BuzzFeed: Star Dana Loesch Sues Site  —  Internal tensions erupt.  Loesch seeks $75,000 and her walking papers in a federal lawsuit, below.  —  Source:  —  The internal disputes roiling the website founded by the late conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart broke …
David M. Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Former ‘BigJournalism’ star sues Breitbart empire for $75k, demands release from contract  —  In a lawsuit signifying a schism in the house that Andrew Breitbart built, former editor Dana Loesch has sued LLC, claiming the company refused to release her from a contract …
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
While the NRA Was on TV Talking About the Need for More Guns Some Guy Was Walking Up and Down a Road in Pennsylvania Shooting People  —  The National Rifle Association today held its first press conference since last week's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and the takeaway was clear: We need more guns.
Wall Street Journal:
NRA Calls for Arms in School  —  Mum on Gun Controls, Powerful Lobby Focuses on Violent Movies and Videogames  —  WASHINGTON—The nation's biggest gun-rights lobby called Friday for placing an armed security guard at every school, as it for the first time entered the re-energized public debate …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NRA Blames Everything Except Guns: Outdated Video Games, Hurricanes, And Corporate Media Led To Newtown
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Gawker
Iowa Court: Bosses Can Fire ‘Irresistible’ Workers  —  The Iowa Supreme Court says a dentist did not commit gender discrimination when he fired an attractive female assistant he viewed as a threat to his marriage.  —  The court ruled Friday that a boss can fire an employee he considers an …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Waking Up From Dream of Grand Bargain  —  “Call me a hopeless optimist,” said President Obama at his press conference tonight, in which he pleaded for Republicans to join him in averting the “fiscal cliff,” “but I still think we can get this done.”  —  Okay.  You're a hopeless optimist, President Obama.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Scramble is on for Kerry's Senate seat  —  President Obama's nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of State on Friday will set off a mad scramble — particularly among Democrats — to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat in a special election to be held next year.
Chris Heath / GQ:
GQ Exclusive!  Ben Affleck on Politics: “Ugly.”  “Toxic.” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
Charlotte Allen / National Review:
Newtown & My Critics  —  Well, at least no one is calling for my “head on a stick” — but that's probably because Prof. Erik Loomis of the University of Rhode Island is about the only person or entity that hasn't denounced me for pointing out in NRO's Sandy Hook symposium that the school …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
James Hormel: I question the sincerity of Chuck Hagel's ‘so-called apology’  —  Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of defense ran into trouble the other day when it emerged that he'd described a nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg as “openly aggressively gay,” and called that an “inhibiting factor” to “do an effective job.”
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican Senator will oppose Hagel nomination
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker  —  Man's gas blamed for creating “intolerable” workplace  —  A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log …
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?  —  Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.  —  Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we at Slate have been wondering …
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
World survives as Maya ‘end of days’ marked in Mexico  —  Mayan calendar believers prep for end of the world  —  Tourists arrive in Sirince in western Turkey, believed to be one of the few places on earth not affected ...  CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico (Reuters) - Thousands of mystics …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Northeast senators confident Sandy relief bill will pass
Discussion: CNN
Rolling Stone:
Glenn Hubbard, Leading Academic and Mitt Romney Advisor, Took $1200 an Hour to Be Countrywide's Expert Witness
Discussion: Firedoglake
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Raw Story and The BLT
Mike Doyle / Suits & Sentences:
Judge dismisses anti-filibuster lawsuit
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Noah Smith / The Atlantic Online:
The Single Best Anti-Gun-Death Policy? Ending the Drug War
Melissa Hayes /
Christie: Armed guards won't make schools safer
Discussion: CNN
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