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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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘fiscal cliff’ haggling over Medicare  —  Some more quick notes about that big Politico piece on what's going on in the fiscal cliff talks.  The piece makes two points about the haggling over Medicare's future that are worth addressing.  First, it says in passing that Dem aides …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Disappointed’ Boehner calls on Obama to get serious on spending
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
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.
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New York Times:
U.S. Is Weighing Stronger Action in Syrian Conflict
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Web monitor: 100 percent of Syria's Internet just shut down
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
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 …
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 …
KHOU-TV:
Surveillance video shows violent confrontation at gas station  —  HOUSTON—As family members of a man who was shot by a Valero clerk in southeast Houston called for the store clerk's arrest, the store owner released surveillance video.  —  Alexander Calloway, 21, and his two cousins were trying …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell slams the door on raising tax rates in deficit deal  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) slammed the door Thursday morning on Democratic demands to raise tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 per year.  —  “We're insisting on keeping tax rates where they are …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list  —  Washington (CNN) - Staff and cabinet reshuffles are one of the many unknowns in Washington as impending departures leave question marks about who will fill the roles of treasury secretary, chief of staff, secretary of state and secretary of defense.
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:
Sen. Johnson strongly suggests 2014 reelection bid  —  Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) did everything short of officially announce on Thursday that he was planning to run for re-election in 2014.  —  The Senate Banking Committee Chairman said he would formally announce his plans later in 2013 …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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” …
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
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems reelect Pelosi as leader
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Press Clips  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. offered …
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Romney, Ryan meet off Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN
Michael Oren / Washington Post:
Falling for Hamas's media manipulation
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
VP Biden attends Costco grand opening in DC
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First Thoughts: Moving on?  —  After a hard-fought election …
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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
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: GOP Primary Barriers To Entry Were ‘Pretty Damn Low’
Discussion: American Prospect, Politico and CNN
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Stimulus Likely in 2013
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Brotherhood delusion  —  The great, acerbic 19th-century …
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