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8:45 PM ET, December 25, 2012


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip  —  The Washington, D.C., 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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
UN votes to reopen talks on arms-trade treaty opposed by NRA  —  The United Nations General Assembly on Monday voted to reconsider an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade, a measure opposed by the nation's largest gun-rights lobby.  —  The move could intensify another high …
Discussion: Reuters and 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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Althouse and Twitchy
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 …
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
Robert Berkvist / New York Times:
Charles Durning, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 89  —  Charles Durning, who overcame poverty, battlefield trauma and nagging self-doubt to become an acclaimed character actor, whether on stage as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” or in film as the lonely widower smitten …
Tallbloke / Tallbloke's Talkshop:
Prof. Richard Parncutt: Death Penalty for Global Warming Deniers?  —  Hat tip to Richard Tol for alerting me to this nice example of eco-fascist thinking from Richard Parncutt, a Professor at the University of Graz, Austria.  Parncutt, an expert on the psychology of music, originally from Australia …
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Inouye replacement to be named Wednesday  —  Gov. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, will announce Wednesday who he is appointing to late Sen. Daniel Inouye's vacant seat, a Democratic source tells CBS News.  —  A few days ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged Abercrombie to appoint a successor …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:   Cliff Negotiations Take Holiday Break
Idaho Statesman:
Our View: We can all learn from Sen. Crapo's mistake  —  Idaho constituents have learned a few things about Sen. Mike Crapo over the past couple of days.  He has shown three things: That he is human, that he can make a mistake and that lemonade is not the strongest drink in his glass.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and The Hill
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas leader calls for third intifada  —  Head of Hamas J'lem Dept calls for renewed confrontation with Israel over plans to build new housing units in e.  J'lem.  —  A senior Hamas leader Tuesday called for a third intifada and the resumption of suicide bombings against Israel.
Gunmen kill six at Nigerian Christmas service  —  Gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria during a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, killing six people including the pastor, before setting the building ablaze, residents and police said Tuesday.  —  Gunmen killed six people attending midnight mass …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier  —  A legal probe is launched, and FreedomWorks' president accuses ex-chairman Dick Armey of trying to subvert the group.  —  When the news broke in early December that former GOP Rep. Dick Armey had abruptly resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks …
Discussion: The Raw Story, Hullabaloo and Rumproast
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Barack Obama / The Atlantic Online:
Perfecting Our Union  —  The president of the United States reflects …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Associated Press:
Georgia abortion law blocked
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