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1:10 PM ET, November 29, 2012

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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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Politico:
Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The GOP's Medicare confusion
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘fiscal cliff’ haggling over Medicare
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Eschaton
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
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.
Renesys Events / Internet Events Bulletin:
77 networks out in Syria
Discussion: Wired and The Verge
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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Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble With Susan Rice  —  The would-be secretary of state's record on Iran, Israel, human rights and more.  —  Several Republican senators continue to oppose the possible nomination of Susan Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be secretary of state in President Obama's second term.
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
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk out
Discussion: Colorlines
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: CAMERA Snapshots and Hot Air
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:
Third-Quarter G.D.P. Growth Is Revised Up to 2.7%
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.
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.
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
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Top Romney strategist: Failure to reach out to women, Hispanics biggest mistake  —  Mitt Romney's top political strategist on Thursday said the campaign's failure to reach out to women and Hispanic voters was their biggest mistake.  —  In an interview on CBS's “This Morning,” …
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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: GOP Primary Barriers To Entry Were ‘Pretty Damn Low’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Jon Huntsman, Republican Party, Republican Party, Video, Grover Norquist, Jon Huntsman Republican Primary, Gop 2012, Gop Future, Jon Huntsman Foreign Policy, Jon Huntsman Gay Marriage …
Discussion: American Prospect and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
The Tea Party Goes to War  —  A left-right attempt to treat terror detainees like common criminals.  —  There's a lot to be said for the libertarian approach to government, but the realities of a dangerous world can make its more rigid adherents seem naïve.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Matthew Day / Telegraph:
Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes  —  The Swiss city of Zurich is to open drive-in sex boxes in an attempt to rid the town of street prostitution.  —  Zurich council has approved a plan to build the boxes, which will, it hopes, provide a discreet location for prostitutes and their clients …
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Press Clips  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. offered …
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Falling for Hamas's media manipulation
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A local TV trend: And now, the identical news
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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Talking Points Memo:
Cutter: Obama Has Mandate To ‘Protect Middle Class’
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Fed Stimulus Likely in 2013
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama campaign: 'There's more to come'
Discussion: Booman Tribune and CNN