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11:05 AM ET, December 23, 2012


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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Armed guards like air marshals, claims NRA program chief  —  (CNN) - The man charged with developing the National Rifle Association's program to place armed guards in American schools defended the controversial plan Sunday against critics who claim it's a dangerous diversion from new gun restrictions.
Discussion: Politico
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Bloomberg, LaPierre and the Void  —  FOR a week after the Newtown shooting, the conversation was dominated by the self-righteous certainties of the American center-left.  In print and on the airwaves, the chorus was nearly universal: the only possible response to Adam Lanza's rampage …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Brad DeLong
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
LaTourette: ‘Plan B’ failure not a rebuke of Boehner's ‘leadership’  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) failure to secure enough support among fellow Republicans for “Plan B” to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was not a rebuke of Boehner's leadership by the conservative wing of the party, a top House GOP lawmaker said Sunday.
Discussion: CNN
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:
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Tax fight sends GOP into chaos
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.
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
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
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
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:
Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Cliff’ Talks Hit the Wall
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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Father's Journey  —  FOR a long while, my father's way of coping was to walk quietly from the room.  He doesn't remember this.  I do.  I can still see it, still feel the pinch in my chest when the word “gay” came up — perhaps in reference to some event in the news, or perhaps in reference to me …
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.”
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Energy Department's nuclear weapons chief stepping down
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