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12:05 PM ET, December 20, 2012


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CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?  —  Washington (CNN) - Just over half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country's problems, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates …
House set to vote on Boehner's Plan B  —  Washington (CNN) — The House is set to vote Thursday on Plan B, a GOP version of an agreement on the fiscal cliff, and another measure designed to lure support for the plan from hard-line Republicans.  —  The White House threatened Wednesday to veto that plan …
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes
Washington Post:
‘Cliff’ standoff: Boehner works to wrangle votes for ‘Plan B’; Obama threatens veto
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box
Discussion: AEIdeas and The Daily Caller
Brian Thompson /
Cory Booker Will Run for U.S. Senate in 2014: Sources  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New York.
David Giambusso / New Jersey Online:   Cory Booker won't challenge Christie, eyes U.S. Senate instead
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Florida Man Invokes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law After Shooting Fellow Pizza Customer  —  A Florida man defended his decision to shoot an impatient pizza customer over the weekend, citing the state's infamous “Stand Your Ground” law.  —  Michael Jock, a 52-year-old resident of St. Petersburg …
Walter Olson / New York Post:
Behind the smears  —  Why they feared Robert Bork  —  Here's something you may not know about the 1987 battle that kept Robert Bork off the Supreme Court: Opponents pursued a whispering campaign against him on the grounds that he wasn't enough of a religious believer.
USA Today:
Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork dies
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Brown Would Be In Strong Position For Special Election  —  BOSTON — A WBUR poll of 500 registered voters (PDFs - topline, crosstabs) finds U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in a strong position should there be a special election to fill U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Scott Brown backs assault gun ban
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Miss USA Wins the Crown  —  Say what you will about Donald Trump, he runs a pretty good pageant.  I didn't live-blog tonight's Miss Universe show, but I kept notes as it went along, and so what follows are my impressions as the event unfolded.  With a lot of stuff left out …
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Rejecting Chuck Hagel  —  Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama's favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon.  —  Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
More trouble for Hagel  —  Joining other groups and individuals …
Associated Press:
Possible Hagel Pick Raises Concerns in Senate GOP
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Politico
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Connecticut congressman: Rick Perry a ‘testosterone laden’ individual with blood on his hands … During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Brings On Santa Claus To Discuss The ‘War On Christmas’  —  Fox and Friends took its coverage of the so-called “War on Christmas” to the front lines on Thursday morning by inviting Santa Claus to weigh in on America's changing culture and secularization.
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
GALLUP: MORE AMERICANS FAVOR SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAVING GUNS THAN WEAPON BAN  —  A new poll released today by Gallup shows that Americans favor increased security and proactive mental health treatment over gun control.  The national poll of a little over 1,000 adults was conducted in the wake …
NRO Symposium / National Review:
Newtown Answers  —  Twenty children and six adults are dead.  In Nigeria, people put their lives at risk going to church on Sundays.  But in New England?  The thought that going to school could be a final act is hard for us to comprehend.  The seeming senselessness of what happened …
jessica valenti:   National Review: Newtown could have been avoided if a man was around
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barber shop conversation in Wentzville about Connecticut shootings ends with shots fired at customer  —  • By Susan Weich 636-493-9674  —  WENTZVILLE  • A barber shop patron who fired three times at another customer discussing the Connecticut school shooting has been charged with three felonies.
Zack Colman / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change among top three priorities for second term  —  President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Allen West: Hillary Clinton caught ‘Benghazi flu’  —  Rep. Allen West said Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to have a “case of Benghazi flu” on the day she was slated to testify before Congress regarding the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Scrambling for ‘doc fix’
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CBC News:
Quentin Tarantino Talks Prisons And The War On Drugs
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles E. Schumer / Washington Post:
A middle ground on gun limits
Discussion: The Hill, Wonkblog and Post Politics
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Less than half the public back George Osborne on decision to raise most state benefits by less than inflation
Discussion: Spectator and Guardian
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts
Discussion: DealBook and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Garcia / Advocate:
Gay Binational Marriage Rights Pioneer Richard Adams Dies
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Tapper to Obama on newfound gun control advocacy: ‘Where have you been?’
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Spielberg, Day-Lewis at Capitol for screening of ‘Lincoln’ for senators
Discussion: Politico and CNN