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8:25 AM ET, December 26, 2012


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip  —  The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC's David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.
Warner Todd Huston / BREITBART.COM:
DC POLICE INVESTIGATING NBC'S GREGORY FOR BRANDISHING ILLEGAL MAGAZINE  —  Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has confirmed that the department is looking into allegations that NBC's David Gregory violated D.C.'s gun banning laws during a recent taping of Meet the Press.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
UN votes to reopen talks on arms-trade treaty opposed by NRA
Discussion: Reuters
Joshua Green / Wonkblog:
Jack Klugman's secret, lifesaving legacy  —  The actor Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve at age 90.  Klugman was best known for his roles as the unkempt sportswriter in “The Odd Couple” and as the crusading medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.” the wildly popular 1980s medical drama.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Obama Returning to Capital to Seek Fiscal Deal  —  KAILUA, Hawaii — President Obama was planning to cut his Christmas vacation short and return to Washington to make a last-ditch push for a compromise on a tax and spending dispute that remains stubbornly unresolved.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
FNC's ED HENRY just emailed me news about President Obama  —  Below is from FNC's Ed Henry:  —  An administration official tells Fox it is now “likely” the President flies back to Washington late Wednesday night to deal with the fiscal cliff.  —  Last Friday the President told reporters in Washington …
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Mediaite
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard  —  The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall.  —  Richard K. Armey, the group's chairman …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Corn / Mother Jones:
FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Nigeria gunmen ‘kill at least five Christians’  —  Gunmen in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe have shot dead at least five Christians, a human rights worker in the area has told the BBC.  —  He said that a church in Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe, was set on fire in an attack late on Christmas Eve.
FRANCE 24:   Gunmen kill six at Nigerian Christmas service
Thomas Sowell /
On Christmas, Liberals Are By No Means Liberal  —  Random thoughts on the passing scene:  —  When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, “What you don't know would make a big book.”  Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Refi Program Expansion Eyed  —  The Obama administration is considering expanding its mortgage-refinancing programs to include borrowers whose mortgages aren't backed by the government and who owe more than their homes are worth, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: naked capitalism
President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.  —  White House officials say Obama could fly back to the nation's capital as early as Wednesday …
Discussion: Politico
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Petition To Deport CNN Host For Gun Control Support Reaches 60,000 Signatures  —  A petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan over his heated comments on gun control has reached more than 62,000 signatures in just 4 days, far exceeding the threshold required for a White House response.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Clout Diminished, Tea Party Turns to Narrower Issues  —  The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the Republican Party through a potent combination of populism and fury.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
The Ghost Of Climate Yet To Come  —  Irreversible does not mean unstoppable: “Why show me this, if I am past all hope?”  —  Unlike Scrooge, we don't get a spirit to show us what the future holds if we don't change our ways.  —  In the past two years, though, we have gotten the tiniest glimpse …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Inouye replacement to be named Wednesday
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Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and The Hill
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Charles Durning, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 89
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Michelle Obama makes kids' whole, like, life
Discussion: Mediaite