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3:02 AM ET, November 30, 2012

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Balk at White House Plan to Avert Fiscal Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal on Thursday to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
McConnell ‘Burst Into Laughter’ as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan  —  Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Boehner Angered by Leak of Phone Call  —  Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Republican leaders are fuming after a late night phone call with President Barack Obama was leaked to the press, despite an agreement that it would not be, according to several GOP aides.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Rejects Cliff Offer From Obama  —  President Barack Obama made an opening bid in budget talks with Republicans that calls for a $1.6 trillion tax increase, $50 billion in infrastructure spending in 2013 and new power to raise the federal debt limit, a provocative set of demands that Republicans …
USA Today:
GOP calls White House cliff offer a non-starter  — Aides say Treasury Secretary Geithner presented a $4 trillion offer to avoid the “fiscal cliff” to Speaker John Boehner  —  7:07PM EST November 29.  2012 - WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner flatly rejected a $4 trillion Obama administration plan …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Liberals double down: No entitlement cuts
Fox News:
Boehner says negotiations over looming fiscal crisis ‘not a game’
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Associated Press:
UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to recognize state of Palestine; US, Israel object  —  UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
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US Department of State:
AS DELIVERED  —  Thank you, Mr. President.  —  For decades, the United States has worked to help achieve a comprehensive end to the long and tragic Arab-Israeli conflict.  We have always been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the Palestinians and Israelis achieve …
New York Times:
General Assembly Grants Palestine Upgraded Status in U.N.  —  UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
U.S. birth rate plummets to its lowest level since 1920  —  The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.  —  The overall birth rate declined …
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Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants
BuzzFeed:
Why President Obama Isn't Using His Most Powerful Weapon — Again  —  The stakes in “fiscal cliff” talks are high — so where's the e-mail list?  So far, it's 2009 all over again.  —  Via: barackobama.com  —  President Obama and his victorious campaign team have signaled that they won't repeat …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Romney have White House turkey chili summit
Discussion: Ballot Box, Taking Note and The Hill
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: Obama And Romney “Pledged To Stay In Touch”
Rush Limbaugh:
Just Walk Away, Republicans  —  RUSH: I'm having trouble coming up with a term for this.  But the conventional wisdom, the groupthink, I mean, folks, I don't care where you go, and this is not a criticism.  I'm actually looking at this in wonderment.  I don't care where you go.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
McCain Gets Petty On Susan Rice Attacks: It's ‘Meaningless To Take Out Core Al-Qaeda’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said on Wednesday that it is “meaningless” that al-Qaeda's core leadership — including presumably, Osama bin Laden — has been wiped out over the last four years.  Why would McCain make such a claim?
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Time John McCain And Lindsey Graham Relayed Bad Intelligence On A Sunday Talk Show
Discussion: AMERICAblog and msnbc.com
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz lays out pathway for more inclusive GOP  —  Washington (CNN) - Ted Cruz, the Republican senator-elect from Texas who's replacing retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, knows he doesn't quite fit certain molds found in Washington.  —  “I'm something that's not supposed to exist: An Hispanic Republican,” he said.
Discussion: Politico
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun Times:
Police report: Maine West coach witnessed sexual hazing, congratulated victim  —  At the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, a parent who did not want her identity disclosed, talked about transferring her son from Maine West to Maine East after she reported hazing of a sexual nature against her son …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case that made international headlines …
Discussion: Daily Mail, New York Magazine and BBC
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Is Off The Air  —  Click for latest update: 01:00 GMT Friday.  —  Starting at 10:26 UTC on Thursday, 29 November (12:26pm in Damascus), Syria's international Internet connectivity shut down.  In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable …
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BBC:
Syria: Internet and mobile communication ‘cut off’
Discussion: WorldViews
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning gives evidence for first time  —  Manning takes stand at pre-trial hearing and speaks at length about his treatment by the military following his arrest in 2010  —  After 917 days in military captivity, the world finally heard on Thursday from Bradley Manning …
Gareth Cook / New York Times:
The Autism Advantage  —  When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason and research would do: They started reading.  At first they were relieved that so much was written on the topic.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clinton: Legalization not the answer to the drug war  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she did not believe that domestic drug legalization was the answer to the cartel violence that plagues Central America as a result of the drug trade.  —  Asked by the Costa Rican ambassador …
 
 
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