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10:00 AM ET, December 1, 2012

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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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell makes an offer  —  So this afternoon, Mitch McConnell made the most specific “fiscal cliff” offer we've seen thus far from Republicans.  Here it is: … McConnell's offer is this: We'll give you increased revenues via the closing of loopholes — and in exchange …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems try to force vote on extending middle-class tax rates  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday announced Democrats would circulate a discharge petition to force a House vote to extend current tax rates only on annual household income below $250,000.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Fiscal cliff: John Boehner declares stalemate
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Daily Kos
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Cliff-jumping with Barack
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama asks GOP to keep middle-class taxes low for Christmas
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't jump off the cliff yet
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Cole: Obama Fiscal Cliff Plan ‘Laughable’
Discussion: Post Politics
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low In Net Worth  —  WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969.  —  According to a recent study …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?  —  Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of “compromise.”  This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive.
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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Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Small union is causing big problems for ports  —  A strike by about 800 clerical workers is disrupting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and costing them an estimated $1 billion a day.  Above, trucks line up Thursday to enter Pier J at the Port of Long Beach.  (Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times / November 30, 2012)
Free exchange:
When indeed?  —  TYLER COWEN tweets: … One can't be sure, but the point Mr Cowen seems to be making is that America's 2.7% annual growth rate in the third quarter would seem to be fast enough to accept most of the fiscal cuts that are due to hit at the end of the year.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Israel Moves to Expand Settlements in East Jerusalem  —  JERUSALEM — As the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the Palestinians' status Thursday night, Israel took steps toward building housing in a controversial area of East Jerusalem known as E1 …
Democracy Now:
Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Testifies He Thought He Would “Die in Custody” … Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has testified for the first time since he was arrested in May 2010.
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.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Governor Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Drunks And Children  —  Since President Obama issued an administrative directive allowing some undocumented young immigrants to temporarily remain in the country, states have adopted policies to ensure they have equal work opportunity.
 
 
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Ecoterrorism suspect surrenders at Canadian border
Associated Press:
US government releases once-secret Watergate files
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NY, NJ, Conn. join forces, seek nearly $83 billion in ‘flexible’ federal aid in Sandy recovery
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Paulsboro bridge collapse derails train, dumps tank car contents into Mantua Creek
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
A Liberal Moment  —  Still hard to believe, I told a friend …
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Jess Kamen / Politico:
High stakes in Google outcome - Today: House votes on STEM bill - W.H. circulating draft executive …
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Palestine wins historic upgrade at the UN
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Griffin Wins Seat On Ways And Means Committee, Will Not Seek Higher Office In 2014
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Wall Street Journal:
Costco's Dividend Tax Epiphany
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jason K. Stearns / Foreign Policy:
Rwandan Ghosts  —  Benghazi isn't the biggest blight on Susan Rice's record.
Gary Strauss / Detroit Free Press:
New ethanol blend could damage vehicles and void warranties, AAA warns
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