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Morning Maddow: December 18

Morning headlines: Will the debt-ceiling fight be over the Keystone XL pipeline? NRA sues a California town, the U.S. sends a message to Russia.

Rep. Paul Ryan floats tying the Keystone XL pipeline to the debt-ceiling vote. (WSJ)

As predicted, the GOP candidate wins a special Congressional election in Alabama. (AL.com)

Sen. Harry Reid offers a deal on nominations. (McClatchy)

GOP balks at Pres. Obama's human rights nominee. (The Hill)

The NRA sues Sunnyvale, California over its new gun rules. (Washington Post)

The Presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi sends a message to Russia. (McClatchy)

Which Senate secret Santa gave Sen. Marco Rubio coal for Christmas? (US News & World Report)