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5:35 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  —  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.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and The Page
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘fiscal cliff’ haggling over Medicare
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: Obama And Romney “Pledged To Stay In Touch”  —  The pair dined over “white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad,” the White House said.  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, for his luncheon with President Barack Obama.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Romney have White House turkey chili summit
Discussion: Taking Note and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Ryan meet off Capitol Hill
Discussion: CNN
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House personnel shuffle: Who's on the list
Discussion: Politico
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
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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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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Norquist tax pledge doesn't apply after being redistricted
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ford O'Connell / Pundits Blog:
Dems dishonest in ‘fiscal cliff’ dealings
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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