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11:00 AM ET, December 24, 2012


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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Crapo charged with drunken driving  —  Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) was arrested and charged with drunken driving in Alexandria, Va., early Sunday morning, according to local police.  —  Jody Donaldson, a spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department, said in an e-mail that Crapo was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday.
CBS News:
Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia  —  Sen. Michael Crapo, R.-Idaho, was arrested in Virginia early Sunday morning for driving under the influence, Alexandria police say.  —  Police spokesman Craig T. Fifer said an officer was on routine patrol when he saw Sen. Crapo's vehicle run a red light.
Mpoppel / BNO News:
Statements, booking photo following Sen. Crapo's DUI arrest  —  Alexandria, Virginia police statement  —  Alexandria Police Charge U.S. Senator with DUI  —  Alexandria Police arrested Michael Dean Crapo, 61, and charged him with driving under the influence on Sunday …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Weekly Standard
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Search for Way Through Fiscal Impasse Turns to the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With little more than a week for lawmakers to avert huge tax increases and spending cuts, attention is turning from the gridlocked House to the Senate, where some Republicans on Sunday endorsed President Obama's call …
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
The truth is that politicians are telling lies  —  Government is simply unaffordable  —  The Chancellor makes much of his determination to cut benefits  —  Was 2012 the year when the democratic world lost its grip on reality?  Must we assume now that no party that speaks the truth …
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
All I Want for Christmas Is a New GOP  —  You call that governing?  Amid dismal fiscal-cliff talks and an even worse reaction to the shooting in Newtown, Mark McKinnon throws cold water on his wayward party.  —  What I want for Christmas is a new Republican Party.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School  —  David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America.  But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.
Michael Hirsh /
White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense  —  Nebraska Republican's Pentagon nomination appears to be failing because of his blunt advocacy of unpopular positions.  —  Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues …
Discussion: Power Line, Israel Matzav and Politico
Afghan policewoman kills coalition contractor in Kabul: NATO  —  (Reuters) - An Afghan woman wearing a police uniform shot dead on Monday a civilian contractor working for Western forces in the police chief's compound in Kabul, NATO said.  —  The incident is likely to raise troubling questions about the direction of an unpopular war.
Discussion: The Hill and Jihad Watch
Put a Teacher in Every Gun Store: That Should Do the Trick, Wayne “NRA” LaPierre  —  MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT  —  Wayne LaPierre is the number one example of why there is no such thing as a “good gun owner,” only over-the-top zealots who appear overdosed on out of date anti-psychotics.
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Poisonous gas sprayed in a rebel-held neighbourhood in Homs, medics there say  —  This video shows medics in a besieged area in Homs city trying to help a person struggling to breath.  They say he inhaled poisonous gas sprayed by regime forces in the rebel-held al-Bayada neighbourhood.
ShortTimer / The Patriot Perspective:
David Gregory Violates DC Gun Law On National TV —  Update: CNN's Don Lemon Admits To Breaking Gun Laws, Too?  —  Meet the Press's studios are located in Washington DC.  This morning on “Meet the Press”, David Gregory decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine.  —  From DC's gun laws:
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
Ryan Lanza mourns Newtown shooter sibling and mom, claims he's a victim  —  Newtown killer Adam Lanza, who shot dead his mother, six other adults and 20 children, is badly missed by his brother.  —  “I am a victim,” Ryan Lanza, 24, told The Post yesterday in a Facebook chat.  “I loss [sic] my mom and brother.”
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Edward Malnick / Telegraph:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Andrew Dalton / The Huffington Post:
Richard Adams Dead: Gay Marriage Pioneer Dies At Age 65
Discussion: The Raw Story
Anjali Sareen / Mediaite:
Cory Booker Lambasts ‘False’ Gun Debate: 'I Don't Know If Anybody Here Has Seen Someone Shot... I Have'
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
NRA-Backed Senator Says Washington Can't Find ‘Real Solutions’ To Gun Violence
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New York Times:
The Scourge of Concealed Weapons
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Fail: Government Agencies Plan Few Significant Changes For January, Despite Cliff Hype
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dave Warner Kevin Murphy / Reuters:
Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons