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9:50 PM ET, November 29, 2012

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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.
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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 …
Politico:
Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges  —  Listen to top Democrats and Republicans talk on camera, and it sounds like they could not be further apart on a year-end tax-and-spending deal - a down payment on a $4 trillion grand bargain.  —  But behind the scenes, top officials …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The GOP's Medicare confusion  —  The austerity crisis talks have hit a peculiar impasse.  The problem isn't, as most analysts expected, taxes, where Republicans seem increasingly resigned to new revenue.  It's Medicare.  And the particular Medicare problem isn't that Democrats are refusing the GOP's proposed Medicare cuts.
USA Today:
GOP calls White House cliff offer a non-starter
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Disappointed’ Boehner calls on Obama to get serious on spending in deficit talks
Discussion: Politico, The Page and ABCNEWS
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell slams the door on raising tax rates in deficit deal
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Spending cuts stymie fiscal talks
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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New York Times:
General Assembly Grants Palestine Upgraded Status in U.N.
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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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: Obama And Romney “Pledged To Stay In Touch”
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Romney have White House turkey chili summit
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Hill and Taking Note
Washington Wire:   At Lunch, Romney Congratulates Obama on Win
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list
Discussion: Politico
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
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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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
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 …
Malia Zimmerman / Hawaii Reporter:
Residents Alerted to Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday Plans  —  BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAILUA, OAHU - Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas' holiday vacation plans.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Drive to Unionize Fast-Food Workers Begins  —  After three years of working at the McDonald's restaurant on 51st Street and Broadway, Alterique Hall earns $8 an hour — and is yearning for something better.  —  So when he heard about an unusual campaign that aims to unionize dozens …
Joshua Green / Business Week:
The Science Behind Those Obama Campaign E-Mails  —  One fascination in a presidential race mostly bereft of intrigue was the strange, incessant, and weirdly overfamiliar e-mails that emanated from the Obama campaign.  Anyone who shared an address with the campaign soon started receiving messages …
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants  —  OVERVIEW  —  The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the Great Recession.  —  The overall U.S. birth rate …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump Partnership Ruins Macy's Popularity  —  The old adage that “all press is good press” might not ring true with department store chain Macy's.  Their recent partnership with conservative billionaire oddball Donald Trump is causing a sudden drop in the brand's popularity, particularly among women.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online  —  On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence Deprimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man.  The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots …
 
 
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