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5:25 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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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.
Michael Grunwald / TIME:
Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let's All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn't Full of It  —  It's really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama's opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan …
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Cliff-jumping with Barack
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Fiscal cliff: John Boehner declares stalemate
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Daily Kos
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
No action on same-sex marriage  —  The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage pleas now on the docket.  It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out of the body for research is a process that can be patented.
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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, msnbc.com and AMERICAblog
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.
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.
Discussion: The National Memo and The Week
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ongoing Conservative Delusions  —  There's a phenomenon I've long noticed among liberals dissatisfied with Barack Obama, whereby they'll say, “He's never said X!”, with X being some kind of defense of liberal values or articulation of the liberal position on a particular issue.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Real Fiscal Problem
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
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
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill  —  Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely ...more  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach.  They may not know what's best for them either.
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama asks GOP to keep middle-class taxes low for Christmas  —  The president presses his case for raising taxes on the wealthiest.  —  HATFIELD, Pa. - President Obama cast himself in the role of Santa Claus during a visit to a toy factory Friday, suggesting that Republican lawmakers …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Cole: Obama Fiscal Cliff Plan ‘Laughable’  —  Speaking Friday afternoon with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Oklahoma congressman Tom Cole, a Republican who has emerged this week as an advocate of compromising on taxes, panned President Obama's proposal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Costco's Dividend Tax Epiphany  —  Obama's fans in the 1% vote to beat Obama's tax increase.  —  When President Obama needed a business executive to come to his campaign defense, Jim Sinegal was there.  The Costco co-founder, director and former CEO even made a prime-time speech at the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jess Kamen / Politico:
High stakes in Google outcome - Today: House votes on STEM bill - W.H. circulating draft executive cyber order - Addressing the labor shortage in STEM fields - Tech groups cheer ECPA decision  —  With help from Alex Byers, Eliza Krigman, Tony Romm and Steve Friess
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pat Robertson challenges creationism  —  Washington (CNN) - Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn't inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”
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.
 
 
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
A Liberal Moment  —  Still hard to believe, I told a friend …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt, and Fatherhood
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Griffin Wins Seat On Ways And Means Committee, Will Not Seek Higher Office In 2014
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
Jason K. Stearns / Foreign Policy:
Rwandan Ghosts  —  Benghazi isn't the biggest blight on Susan Rice's record.
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
Discussion: Reuters and The Peking Duck
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Christie strongly favored for reelection, voters still lukewarm on 2016 bid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman: GOP should avoid social, ‘fringe’ issues
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Bloomberg:
Foreclosure Wave Averted as Doomsayers Defied: Mortgages
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid must wrestle with undecided Dems to reform filibuster rules
 

 
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