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4:30 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
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Boehner: Obama has to get serious
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
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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BuzzFeed:
White House: Obama And Romney “Pledged To Stay In Touch”
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list
Discussion: Politico
Washington Wire:   At Lunch, Romney Congratulates Obama on Win
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Ryan meet off Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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 …
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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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 …
Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight:
Gibson: Norquist Pledge Doesn't Stick For New District  —  Now that he's representing a (mostly) new area, Rep. Chris Gibson says he won't be bound by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist's pledge not to support any tax increases.  —  The decision to go this way is significant, on a number of fronts …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos, Politicker and Politico
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Federal Court Temporarily Blocks HHS Contraception Mandate for Private Business Owner
Ford O'Connell / Pundits Blog:
Dems dishonest in ‘fiscal cliff’ dealings
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
Discussion: Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Fight over Susan Rice holds political risks for White House
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: GOP Primary Barriers To Entry Were ‘Pretty Damn Low’
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Mortgage-interest deduction could be on the table in ‘fiscal cliff’ debate