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12:25 AM ET, December 23, 2012


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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
News Analysis: Still Bitter About Election, Republican Opposition Unwilling to Compromise with President  —  WASHINGTON — If Friday's memorial service for one of this country's long-serving senators was a somber recollection of a bipartisan era that once was, the rest of the day was a frenetic reminder …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP  —  Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.  Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality.
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.
Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
The incredible shrinking stimulus
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Politico and Slate
Emily Yoffe / Slate:
Today We Are Gathered ... To Hear More About Me  —  President Obama was supposed to eulogize the memory of Sen. Daniel Inouye.  Instead he told us about his favorite summer vacation.  —  Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama to attend Inouye funeral in Hawaii
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Cliff’ Talks Hit the Wall  —  Behind Scenes, Boehner Failed to Sell Republicans on Taxes, While Obama's Spending Plans Rankled  —  WASHINGTON—Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama called Friday for a return to negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Jerry Brown's California revival  —  He's no kid at age 74, but California Gov. Jerry Brown has staged a comeback this year that Bill Clinton could appreciate.  —  It looked as though Brown's second go-round in the governor's job might well end after a single term.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Hospital apologises to 38 families for appalling care that saw a patient starve to death  —  An NHS hospital has apologised to 38 families after a patient starved to death and it left other dying people screaming in pain.  —  From left: Patricia Bridle, Laurence Hodges, Lois Smith and Chris Grande
Discussion: BBC and Power Line
New York Times:
The N.R.A. Crawls From Its Hidey Hole  —  Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, would have been better advised to remain wherever he had been hiding after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, rather than appear at a news conference on Friday.
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
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Former ‘’ star sues Breitbart empire for $75k, demands release from contract
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Michael Steele: NRA Press Conference ‘Very Haunting And Very Disturbing’ (VIDEO)  —  Former Republican National Committee chairman and MSNBC commentator Michael Steele on Friday said he found the press conference led by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre “very haunting and very disturbing.”
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
The Myth of Fingerprints  —  One false claim making the rounds about the House Republicans who defeated John Boehner's “Plan B” last night is that they don't understand that higher taxes are inevitable.  A lot of them understand that point perfectly well.  Some of them have been privately advising …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts  —  Despite most of Congress leaving town for the holidays, postal workers are continuing a hunger strike protesting legislation to save the United States Postal Service (USPS) through budget cuts.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo On Gun Control: ‘Confiscation Could Be An Option’
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Top House Democrat: Hagel has an ‘endemic hostility towards Israel’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Raw Story
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Christie: No to armed school guards
Discussion: Althouse
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker
Charlotte Allen / National Review:
Newtown & My Critics