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10:15 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 …
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.”
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner, House GOP reject debt deal offer from White House  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday rejected a White House offer to avoid the “fiscal cliff” that would include $1.6 trillion in tax increases, $400 billion in spending cuts and a more permanent increase in the debt ceiling, Republican aides said.
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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 …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Fiscal cliff talks likely to go down to the wire  — U.S. Democratic Party- Washington- Barack Obama- Washington- Washington- U.S. Republican Party- Washington- John Boehner- Washington  —  7:41AM EST November 30.  2012 - Sit back and relax, this is going to take a while.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Associated Press and Bloomberg
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's “fiscal cliff” …
Discussion: National Review
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House Makes Aggressive Opening Bid in Fiscal Slope Negotiations
Discussion: Business Insider, Hullabaloo and Salon
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Romney have White House turkey chili summit
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 …
US Department of State:
Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Observer State Status Resolution  —  Thank you, Mr. President.  —  For decades, the United States has worked to help achieve a comprehensive end …
New York Times:
General Assembly Grants Palestine Upgraded Status in U.N.
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz lays out pathway for more inclusive GOP
Discussion: First Read
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.
Discussion: Opinionator and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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.
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
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP fumes as TSA head skips aviation security hearing  —  Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sharply criticized the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for skipping a scheduled hearing on Thursday.  —  TSA Administrator John Pistole was listed …
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MA Analysis: Effects of the Fiscal Cliff in 2013 and Beyond
Discussion: Wonkblog
CBS News:
Poll: Nearly half support legalization of marijuana
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Quinn extremely unpopular, Madigan would start out favored
Investor's Business Daily:
Does Government Want To Drain Americans' 401(k) Plan?
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Rules Nevada Can Ban Same-Sex Couples From Marriage
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning gives evidence for first time
Discussion: News Desk, The Agonist and Wired
Byron Tau / Politico:
Clinton: Legalization not the answer to the drug war
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun Times:
Police report: Maine West coach witnessed sexual hazing, congratulated victim
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gareth Cook / New York Times:
The Autism Advantage  —  When Thorkil Sonne and his wife …
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Donald Trump Partnership Ruins Macy's Popularity
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