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11:45 AM ET, November 28, 2012

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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Secretary of State  —  President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state.  Kerry is an excellent choice for defense.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Make Up Turned Break Up  —  Are the Republican senators unreasonable?  Or is the secretary of state-manqué undiplomatic?  Did the senators sandbag Susan Rice?  Or did Rice further inflame a tense situation?  Is it a case of shooting the messenger and playing politics?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Isakson on Rice: 'You don't want to shoot the messenger'
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Cole: Join with Obama on quick deal  —  Republican Rep. Tom Cole urged colleagues in a private session Tuesday to vote to extend the Bush tax rates for all but the highest earners before the end of the year — and to battle over the rest later.  —  The Oklahoma Republican said in an interview …
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Kate Nocera / Politico:
Grover Norquist: No GOP fingerprints on fiscal cliff tax hikes  —  Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said Wednesday that Republicans need to have “credible” separation from any tax hike as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff — in order to make a case to voters …
Discussion: Infowars
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Republican Urges Party to Yield on Tax Cuts for Most Earners  —  WASHINGTON — A senior House Republican on Tuesday urged his party's leadership to embrace the immediate extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000, then fight out the fate of higher-income tax breaks later.
The Fix:
Taxing the rich remains popular
Discussion: Politico, CNN, GOP 12 and Los Angeles Times
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Erickson considering challenge to Chambliss  —  Popular conservative blogger and radio personality Erick Erickson said Tuesday he was considering a primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss after a host of political bigs had approached him about staging a bid of his own in the days since …
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Charlie / Peach Pundit:
Erick Erickson giving “Prayerful Consideration” To Primary Challenge Of Saxby Chambliss  —  So, I managed to catch the first hour of Erick Erickson's show tonight.  He led off the show by stating that he has been approached by serious people asking him to consider a primary challenge to Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Regarding Saxby Chambliss
Discussion: Ballot Box, Politico and Balloon Juice
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State  —  Exactly two years ago, some of the more politically biased progressive media outlets (who are quite adept at creating and taking down their own strawmen arguments, if not quite as adept at using an abacus, let alone a calculator) …
Washington Post:
Obama public relations effort aims to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’  —  View Photo Gallery — The ‘fiscal cliff’: Meet the key players: With the election behind them, Obama and lawmakers have turned their attention to the fiscal cliff.  Here's a look at some of the leaders who will influence whether …
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David Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama sells budget plans to middle class, biz leaders
Discussion: msnbc.com
Nathan Harden / The College Fix:
How much would you pay for 1 hour with Sandra Fluke?  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Fluke, noted advocate for government-subsidized birth control, is auctioning off one hour of her time for an online “strategy session” at the site BiddingForGood.com.  —  According to the auction page …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Majority Now Against Gov't Healthcare Guarantee  —  Views of healthcare system overall more positive in some respects  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney To Meet With Obama Thursday  —  No cameras allowed.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow, the administration announced Wednesday.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Fire Maps Manager as Flaws Hurt IPhone 5  —  Behind Apple's iPhone Map Manager Shakeup  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) has fired the manager responsible for its troubled mapping software, seeking to win back the trust of users disappointed after the program debuted in September, according to people familiar with the move.
George Jahn / bigstory.ap.org:
AP EXCLUSIVE: GRAPH SUGGESTS IRAN WORKING ON BOMB  —  You are here  —  Home » Vienna » AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb … VIENNA (AP) — Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force …
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate  —  Almost two-thirds of the country's million-pound earners disappeared from Britain after the introduction of the 50p top rate of tax, figures have disclosed.  —  George Osborne, the Chancellor, announced in the Budget earlier …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Betsy's Page
Charlie Sykes / Sykes Writes:
Bob Wirch's Payoff  —  The latest drama among Wisconsin's senate Democrats brings to mind one of the more memorable lines from “A Man for All Seasons.”  Sir Thomas More confronts a man who has betrayed him after he was bought off with the Attorney Generalship of Wales.
Discussion: Althouse
bigstory.ap.org:
OHIO SENATE PUTS END TO ‘HEARTBEAT’ ABORTION BILL  —  You are here  —  Home » Julie Carr » Ohio Senate puts end to ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop Tuesday to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Exclusive: Nokia seeks to block sale of some RIM products  —  Nokia wants a US court to enforce an arbitration agreement that could affect most of RIM's smartphones  —  Nokia has asked a California court to enforce an arbitration award that would prevent Research In Motion from selling products …
Discussion: BBC, GigaOM, TechCrunch and Business Insider
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President is bluffing  —  I think the President is bluffing on his veto threat.  —  Conventional wisdom: To achieve his desired fiscal policy outcome (big tax rate increases on the rich), the President is willing to risk tax increases on all income tax filers.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Power of One  —  Labor unions face challenges from their own members.  —  “Multinational corporations have a new ally in their battles with organized labor: unionized workers,” reports Crain's Chicago Business.  “Some workers are becoming so disillusioned by what their unions can, or rather can't, do for them that they want out.”
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
CEOs Looking To ‘Fix The Debt’ By Cutting Social Security Sit On Huge Retirement Accounts  —  Several CEOs — under the guise of a campaign known as “Fix the Debt” — have recently called for cuts to Social Security and other entitlements.  Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, for instance …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and aflcio.org
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Naked Protesters Occupy John Boehner's House Office  —  (Image Credit: Susan Walshe / AP Photo)  —  Some protesters dropped trou to launch a protest at House Speaker John Boehner's office in the Longworth House Office building in Washington.  —  U.S. Capitol Police public information …
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney at 47 Percent  —  It seemed only fair to Mitt Romney to wait on this one.  His share of the popular vote, which stuck around 49 percent on election night, continued to fall as votes came in.  Last week Greg Sargent rang the alarm, warning/gloating that Romney might sink below 47.5 percent of the vote.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe  —  President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees.  —  Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment …
Discussion: The Caucus and Hot Air
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Bill Bolling to exit Virginia governor race
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Student Lending Swells
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
For Latino Groups, Grass-Roots Efforts Paid Off in Higher Number of Voters
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Blacks fret free-for-all for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat
Discussion: Power Line and Examiner
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Who Will Be the Next Treasury Secretary? This Guy!
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Harry Reid puts his finger on the ‘nuclear option’ button
 

 
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