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Morning Briefing: December 5th, 2012

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By Steve Deace

This Will Make You Mad

An AutoZone worker who stopped an armed robbery by retrieving a weapon from his truck said he was fired by the company for violating their gun policy. Devin McLean and his store manager were about to close the AutoZone in York County, Va. when a gunman barged into the store. At some point, McLean was left in a restroom while the gunman made the manager open the store safe. That’s when McLean, a 23-year-old Air Force veteran, bolted through a side door and ran to his truck. He returned through the front door holding a Glock 40 – pointed directly at the masked robber.  “I told him to freeze and to drop his weapon,” McLean said. Instead, the robber took off – last seen running down the street from the store. “I watched him run down the street,” he said. “I came back inside and made sure my manager was okay and he called the police. The York County Sheriff’s Dept. believes the bandit is responsible for as many as 30 robberies across the region. “One of the officers asked why I didn’t shoot the robber,” McLean said. Sheriff J.D. Diggs considers McLean to be a hero. “He did a very brave thing,” the sheriff said. “He put himself in jeopardy in an attempt to make sure his friend was safe. He did a very brave thing.” The part-time worker’s manager was especially thankful and credited McLean with saving his life. But two days after the robbery – and just a week before Thanksgiving – McLean was fired.

Good Advice for Republicans

The Wall Street Journal has good advice for Republicans on Capitol Hill regarding the fiscal cliff, and since it’s good advice the GOP probably won’t take it. The money shot: “If Republicans really want to slow the growth in spending, they need to stop playing by Beltway rules and start explaining to America why Mr. Obama keeps saying he’s cutting spending even as spending and deficits keep going up and up and up.”

Fox News Benches Karl Rove & Dick Morris

The two faces most associated with Fox News’ widely-panned (including by many conservatives) Romney rose-colored analysis, Karl Rove and Dick Morris, have essentially been benched by the network’s head honcho Roger Ailes according to this report. Fox producers now must get official permission from network execs before booking either Rove or Morris on its highly-rated programming.

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