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2:50 PM ET, November 30, 2012

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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.”
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Drawn-Out Crisis—It's the Obama Way  —  The president seems to prefer frustration to good-faith negotiation.  —  The president's inviting Mitt Romney for lunch is a small thing but a brilliant move.  It makes Mr. Obama look big, gracious.  It implies the weakened …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Robert Reich and Wonkette
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Balk at White House Plan to Avert Fiscal Crisis
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
McConnell ‘Burst Into Laughter’ as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Cliff-jumping with Barack  —  Why are Republicans playing the Democrats' game that the “fiscal cliff” is all about taxation?  —  House Speaker John Boehner already made the preemptive concession of agreeing to raise revenue.  But the insistence on doing so by eliminating deductions without …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't jump off the cliff yet  —  A lot of smart conservatives have argued that Republicans should walk away from the fiscal negotiations or dare President Obama to go over the fiscal cliff if he going to insist on making ridiculous proposals that set back the negotiations.
Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Outlines GOP's Wish List to Avoid Cliff  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wanted changes to safety-net programs that focus on altering eligibility requirements, and suggested that if Democrats agreed both sides could move closer to a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff Talks: Behind Obama's Opening Bid
Discussion: Guardian, TIME and Hullabaloo
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.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Rice holds stakes in firms that have done business in Iran
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
History  —  At their Conference today, the Justices will consider petitions raising federal constitutional issues related to same-sex marriage.  These are the most significant cases these nine Justices have ever considered, and probably that they will ever decide.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and AMERICAblog
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Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Court to consider same-sex marriage cases: In Plain English
Discussion: msnbc.com
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Down and Out With Ted Cruz and the GOP  —  As Republicans regroup from electoral disaster, some — including a rising star in the Senate — insist conservatism was not to blame.  —  Associated Press  —  Why did Republicans lose the 2012 election?  Ask Ted Cruz, the newly elected Republican senator from Texas.
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Cruz: I'm ‘something that is not supposed to exist: a Hispanic Republican’
Discussion: NBC Latino
David Catanese / Politico:
Ted Cruz speech stokes 2016 speculation
Discussion: First Read and CNN
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: Prairie Weather
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pot legalization support hits record high, poll shows  —  Support for marijuana legalization has edged up recently and is now tied with the oppposition, according to a CBS poll released Friday — the first time since that survey started keeping track of the issue.
Discussion: National Review
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CBS News:
Poll: Nearly half support legalization of marijuana
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Politico:
Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Gary Strauss / Detroit Free Press:
New ethanol blend could damage vehicles and void warranties, AAA warns  —  The AAA says the Environmental Protection Agency and gasoline retailers should halt the sale of E15, a new ethanol blend that could damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties.
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’  —  Liberals talk about booming incomes at the top while lower-income households barely see benefits from economic growth.  Conservatives talk about a rising share of the population that depends on government benefits and a shrinking share that pays income tax.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
See No Evil  —  If a campaign finance story is not about David Koch or Sheldon Adelson, do liberals care?  —  Consider the reaction to Kenneth Vogel's important report on the winter meeting of the Democracy Alliance, the secretive organization of progressive millionaires and billionaires …
 
 
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George Lawson / KFDI:
Political strategist Karl Rove speaks in Wichita
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Pat Robertson challenges creationism
William Booth / Washington Post:
Mexico's crime wave has left about 25,000 missing, government documents show
Discussion: Guardian
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Floats New Conspiracy Theory: Obama Ousted Qaddafi ‘So Al-Qaeda Could Take Over’
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Global Hotspot to Worry About
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Christie strongly favored for reelection, voters still lukewarm on 2016 bid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Huntsman: GOP should avoid social, ‘fringe’ issues
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Associated Press:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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