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10:20 AM ET, December 23, 2012


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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
How Party of Budget Restraint Shifted to ‘No New Taxes,’ Ever  —  WASHINGTON — On a Saturday afternoon in October 1990, Senator Pete Domenici turned from a conversation on the Senate floor, caught the eye of a clerk by raising his right hand, and voted in favor of a huge and contentious bill to reduce federal deficits.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Tax fight sends GOP into chaos
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama to attend Inouye funeral in Hawaii
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
“Confiscation could be an option”  —  It's one of the most common refrains coming from the “reasonable discussion” crew as they pave the way for upcoming gun control legislation.  Whether we hear it from the clucking tongues of guests on Morning Joe or from their legions of supporters on the web, the patter is the same.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Guess Who Still Believes in Invisible Vigilantes  —  Lots of chatter about the WSJ's account of how the deficit negotiations broke down, although — a few fun quotes aside — most of it is what we already pretty much knew.  But here's a passage that bothered me:
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
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 …
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Egypt constitutional vote: ‘Things are definitely worse than under the old regime’  —  As Egyptians vote on whether to adopt the new constitution, Richard Spencer talks to those promoting the new rules - and those fearful of what is to come.  —  When Alber Saber's mother called police …
Discussion: and ParaPundit
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.”
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.
Toledo Blade:
Mayan skulls say to forget apocalypse  —  Ritual predicts new era, not end of times  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  MERIDA, Mexico — The crystal skulls have spoken: The world is not going to end.  —  American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Discussion: Firedoglake and State of the Union
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Energy Department's nuclear weapons chief stepping down
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts
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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker