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CNN Radio News Day: December 21, 2012
People pause at a streetside memorial during a moment of silence in Newtown, Connecticut.
December 21st, 2012
04:24 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 21, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • In Newtown, Connecticut a week after a gunman killed 27 people, mourners ignored the rain and gathered at a makeshift memorial.  They filed in to see a growing tribute – Teddy bears, balloons, flowers and hand-made signs. A moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. began with the ringing of church bells. The National Rifle Association has been quiet since the shooting, but today the group broke its silence. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, argued it's possible 26 lives might have been saved if there had been armed guards at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

  • Eleven days to go before the U.S. hits the so-called fiscal cliff.  Last night the House failed to pass a proposal by their own leader.  Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" failed to get enough votes to even reach a vote. The bill would have kept tax cuts in place for all except those Americans making more than a million dollars a year.  Pundits are calling it a huge political embarrassment for the speaker but Boehner says – not so:

"... while we may have not  been able to get the votes last night, they weren't taking that out on me. They, they were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes."

  • With Christmas just around the corner you may have found that you've already spent more money than you planned.  If that's true it might be because you bought things for yourself, too.  Emma Firth walked out of a Macy's department store in New York with several bags in hand:

"The deals are quite... enticing.  Yes.  I've just gone in and bought something I probably wouldn't have bought  'cause the deal was so good."

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  5. Debra Wilson

    This is a poem my cousin wrote:
    Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
    Their smiles were contagious; their laughter filled the air.
    They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
    They were filled with such joy they didn't know what to say.
    They remembered nothing of what happened earlier that day.
    "where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
    "This is heaven." declared a small boy. " We're spending Christmas at GOD's house."
    When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.
    He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
    Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
    Those children all flew into the arms of their King
    and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
    One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
    And as if He could read all the questions she had
    He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
    Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
    He saw all the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
    Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
    "Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
    " May this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
    "I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
    ThenHe and the children stood up without a sound.
    "Come now my children, let me show you around."
    Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran
    All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
    And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    "in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

    December 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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