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4:20 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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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 in deficit talks
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘fiscal cliff’ haggling over Medicare
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Politico and Eschaton
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Mistrust continues to vex fiscal cliff talks
Discussion: New York Times and PoliPundit.com
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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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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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk out
Discussion: Colorlines
Sarah Jaffe / The Atlantic Online:
McJobs Should Pay, Too: It's Time for Fast-Food Workers To Get Living Wages
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Washington Wire:
At Lunch, Romney Congratulates Obama on Win  —  The White House issued this statement after President Barack Obama's lunch with former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney:  —  This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Ryan meet off Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Time John McCain And Lindsey Graham Relayed Bad Intelligence On A Sunday Talk Show  —  The duo are attacking Susan Rice for giving bad information on a Sunday show.  “He is lying, Tim, when he says he doesn't have weapons of mass destruction.”  —  Image by AP / AP
Discussion: AMERICAblog, CBS News and msnbc.com
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ford O'Connell / Pundits Blog:
Dems dishonest in ‘fiscal cliff’ dealings
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schroeder / Ballot Box:
Sen. Johnson strongly suggests 2014 reelection bid
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Booker could win Senate seat
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Press Clips  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. offered …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
VP Biden attends Costco grand opening in DC
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Girl, 15, ‘beheaded’ in Afghanistan after her family turned down marriage proposal
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Wall Street Journal:
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