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11:50 PM ET, November 29, 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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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 …
Politico:
Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Disappointed’ Boehner calls on Obama to get serious on spending in deficit talks
Discussion: The Hill, The Page, Politico and ABCNEWS
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list
Discussion: Politico
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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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 …
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 …
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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: The Hill, Ballot Box and Taking Note
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 …
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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 …
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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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
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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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 …
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Gingrich: House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Obama  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on the fiscal cliff, saying that by doing so, they give Obama all of the leverage in the talks.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
David Petraeus says he ‘screwed up royally’ in letter to old Army buddy  —  Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus took the blame for the extramarital affair that torpedoed his career, but his forgiving wife, Holly, is sticking by him, according to a newly revealed private letter.
 
 
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The Hidden Costs Of Raising The Medicare Age
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Limiting Tax Deductions: The Reality of the Math
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Ford O'Connell / Pundits Blog:
Dems dishonest in ‘fiscal cliff’ dealings
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