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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 …
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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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Disappointed’ Boehner calls on Obama to get serious on spending  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday there had been “no substantive progress” in fiscal-cliff negotiations in the two weeks since congressional leaders met with President Obama.  —  Boehner, addressing reporters …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘fiscal cliff’ haggling over Medicare
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Eschaton
Politico:
Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
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 …
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Sarah Jaffe / The Atlantic Online:
McJobs Should Pay, Too: It's Time for Fast-Food Workers To Get Living Wages
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk out
Discussion: Colorlines
Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Damascus fighting cuts off Internet, airport  —  (Reuters) - Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad just outside Damascus on Thursday, forcing the closure of the main airport road, and the Dubai-based Emirates airline suspended flights to the Syrian capital.
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Is Off The Air  —  Starting at 10:26 UTC (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, effectively removing the country from the Internet.
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Web monitor: 100 percent of Syria's Internet just shut down
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Incestuous Bleeding of the Republican Party  —  If money is the root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.  —  Strip away the candidate and coalition and it is on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza …
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 …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: UN CONSPIRES TO EXPEL PROMINENT JEWISH GROUP FROM PALESTINE VOTE  —  Today, for the first time, the United Nations will name Palestine a (non-member) “observer state” by first engaging in exactly the charge that they press against Israel: apartheid.
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Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:   Today The UN Will Make Arafat Proud and Steal Jewish Heritage
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points  —  WASHINGTON — Three days after the lethal attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, asked intelligence agencies to write …
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Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston  —  Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital, where he has been for seven days as doctors battle a lingering cough that has drawn concern, officials said Thursday.  —  Bush, 88, has bronchitis …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Mitt Romney face tattoo man does an about-face  —  Critics of Mitt Romney accused him of being a flip-flopper.  Now one of his die-hard supporters is guilty of the same charge.  —  Eric Hartsburg, the 30-year-old resident of Michigan City, Ind., inked the Romney/Ryan campaign's distinctive …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2012 (second estimate); Corporate Profits, 3rd quarter 2012 (preliminary estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Despite G.D.P. Revision to 2.7%, Growth May Have Ebbed Since
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Booker could win Senate seat  —  New Jersey voters like Frank Lautenberg well enough.  He has a 43/36 approval rating and in a hypothetical match up with Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno he would lead right now by a 15 point margin at 48/33.  —  Democratic primary voters …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Mortgage-interest deduction could be on the table in ‘fiscal cliff’ debate  —  Of all the deductions woven into the sprawling U.S. tax code, few have been more fiercely guarded than the enormous tax break that lets homeowners deduct the interest they pay on their mortgages.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats, Republicans Diverge on Capitalism, Federal Gov't  —  Little difference on small business, free enterprise, entrepreneurs  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Exemplifying a major partisan divide in modern politics, Democrats react significantly more positively to the term “federal government” …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Warren: Churches Are ‘Probably’ Responsible For Negative Attitudes Towards Gays  —  Pastor Rick Warren admitted on CNN on Thursday that Evangelical churches are at least partly responsible for some of the negative attitudes towards gay and lesbian people.
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.
Summer Anne Burton / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Now Has A Fish Named After Him  —  Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Teddy Roosevelt, and Jimmy Carter are also honored by the names of these new freshwater darter species.  —  Last week, five new fish species were given some left-leaning names after being recognized as distinct species for the first time.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Ryan meet off Capitol Hill  —  Mitt Romney met for about ninety minutes with former running mate Paul Ryan ahead of his White House lunch Thursday with President Obama.  —  CNN reported that Romney and Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.) met at a Washington-area hotel and not on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: CNN
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems reelect Pelosi as leader  —  House Democrats will go into the 113th Congress with their leadership team largely unchanged after rank-and file members voted Thursday to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and her top lieutenants at the head of the party.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
VP Biden attends Costco grand opening in DC  —  Vice President Joe Biden attended the grand opening of a Costco in Washington D.C. on Thursday.  —  According to pool reports, Biden flashed his Costco card as he walked in, was met with cheers, and an employee handled his cart as he walked the aisles.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
 
 
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Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:
Sen. Johnson strongly suggests 2014 reelection bid
Discussion: CNN
KHOU-TV:
Surveillance video shows violent confrontation at gas station
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell slams the door on raising tax rates in deficit deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Press Clips  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. offered …
Discussion: Poynter and Democratic Strategist
Michael Oren / Washington Post:
Falling for Hamas's media manipulation
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Dems, Amtrak push back on GOP attacks on rail subsidies
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
A quick primer on soaking the rich
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Kerry McDermott / Daily Mail:
Girl, 15, ‘beheaded’ in Afghanistan after her family turned down marriage proposal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Day / Telegraph:
Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Top Romney strategist: Failure to reach out to women, Hispanics biggest mistake
Wall Street Journal:
The Tea Party Goes to War
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: GOP Primary Barriers To Entry Were ‘Pretty Damn Low’
Discussion: American Prospect and CNN
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Stimulus Likely in 2013
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Brotherhood delusion  —  The great, acerbic 19th-century …
Discussion: National Review
 

 
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