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11:00 AM ET, November 30, 2012

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Balk at White House Plan to Avert Fiscal Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal on Thursday to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
McConnell ‘Burst Into Laughter’ as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan  —  Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obama to GOP: I'm done negotiating with myself  —  Republican aides are circulating their summary of the White House's opening bid on the fiscal cliff.  They're circulating it because they believe it fleshes out Speaker John Boehner's complaint that “the White House has to get serious.”
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Rejects Cliff Offer From Obama  —  President Barack Obama made an opening bid in budget talks with Republicans that calls for a $1.6 trillion tax increase, $50 billion in infrastructure spending in 2013 and new power to raise the federal debt limit, a provocative set of demands that Republicans …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner, House GOP reject debt deal offer from White House
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
David Jackson / USA Today:
Fiscal cliff talks likely to go down to the wire
Discussion: Associated Press, ABCNEWS and Bloomberg
Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
READ: The White House's fiscal cliff proposal
Discussion: The Raw Story and Calculated Risk
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's “fiscal cliff” …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House Makes Aggressive Opening Bid in Fiscal Slope Negotiations
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Exclusive: The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He'd Win  —  It's no secret that the Romney campaign believed it was headed for victory on Election Day.  A handful of outlets have reported that Team Romney's internal polling showed North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia moving safely …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Secretary of State, G.O.P. Pushes Old Hand  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama's potential nominee for secretary of state, Susan E. Rice, comes under increasing fire, Congressional Republicans appear to be coalescing around a familiar name as an alternative candidate …
New York Times:
General Assembly Grants Palestine Upgraded Status in U.N.  —  UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Self-Awareness Matters  —  In politics, self-awareness matters.  It does.  When I was a political consultant, I told my clients my first two rules.  The first was to know when you were in the minority, even when you thought you were right.  The second was to know yourself as others see you.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Susan Rice's Enrichment Program  —  U.N. ambassador has investments in companies doing business with Iran, disclosure forms show  —  The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Class Wars of 2012  —  On Election Day, The Boston Globe reported, Logan International Airport in Boston was running short of parking spaces.  Not for cars — for private jets.  Big donors were flooding into the city to attend Mitt Romney's victory party.  —  They were, it turned out, misinformed about political reality.
David Catanese / Politico:
Ted Cruz speech stokes 2016 speculation  —  Texas Sen.-elect Ted Cruz advised the Republican Party to rebrand itself under a banner of “Opportunity Conservatism” during a sweeping speech Thursday night that will only stoke speculation about a 2016 presidential run.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz lays out pathway for more inclusive GOP
Discussion: First Read
Bloomberg:
Foreclosure Wave Averted as Doomsayers Defied: Mortgages  —  Stockton, California, has the highest U.S. foreclosure rate.  It also has a housing shortage.  —  The number of homes for sale in the city fell 42 percent in October from a year earlier.  Listings routinely attract multiple offers.
New York Times:
Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the Reagan '80s  —  What Is Fair?:  —  BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Alan Hicks divides long days between the insurance business he started in the late 1970s and the barbecue restaurant he opened with his sons three years ago.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and AEIdeas
Rush Limbaugh:
Just Walk Away, Republicans  —  RUSH: I'm having trouble coming up with a term for this.  But the conventional wisdom, the groupthink, I mean, folks, I don't care where you go, and this is not a criticism.  I'm actually looking at this in wonderment.  I don't care where you go.
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
U.S. birth rate plummets to its lowest level since 1920  —  The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.  —  The overall birth rate declined …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman: GOP should avoid social, ‘fringe’ issues  —  Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Friday that the Republican Party should stress its “libertarian roots” rather than “fringe” social issues as it evaluates its election losses.  —  “I think the deliberation …
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid must wrestle with undecided Dems to reform filibuster rules  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may be short on votes he needs to force changes to the Senate's filibuster rules, as nine Democratic senators sit on the fence about the proposed reforms.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Macroeconomic Advisers / Macroadvisers:
MA Analysis: Effects of the Fiscal Cliff in 2013 and Beyond
Discussion: Wonkblog
CBS News:
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