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4:00 PM ET, December 1, 2012

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Paul Finkelman / New York Times:
The Monster of Monticello  —  Durham, N.C.  —  THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek.
KCTV:
Police: Chiefs player kills girlfriend then kills self  —  Police are investigating two deadly shootings Saturday morning that they said are related.  —  The shootings involve a Chiefs player and his girlfriend.  —  The first shooting was reported about 8 a.m. at a home near East 54th Terrace and Crysler Avenue.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Hillary Clinton no fan of Susan Rice, prefers Kerry for State  —  American Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice speaks to reporters after a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo)  —  The Rice Report...
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney's loss creates GOP leadership vacuum  —  BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray.  —  The face of the GOP for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Infrastructure Spending Needed: Century-Old New Jersey Bridge Collapses For Second Time In Four Years  —  A bridge in Paulsboro, New Jersey collapsed Friday morning, derailing a train carrying highly flammable and carcinogenic vinyl chloride into Mantua Creek.
Discussion: Philly.com and Crooks and Liars
Ron Scherer / Reuters:
Why Obama is pushing for stimulus in ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  President Obama's opening offer in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks includes $255 billion in stimulus spending - tax cuts, incentives, and more.  It could be a bargaining ploy or a bid to offset rising taxes on the rich.  —  How about a little government economic stimulus?
BREITBART.COM:
NORQUIST: NEW, LARGER ‘TEA PARTY SECOND WAVE’ COMING  —  “We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while ‘spend too much’ brought the Tea Party into existence, we're about to walk into ‘spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much,’ all together.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Administration marks World AIDS Day  —  The Obama administration on Saturday marked World AIDS Day with optimism the fight against the disease can be won.  —  Saturday marks the 25th time the globe has paused to remember the victims of AIDS and to renew efforts to end it.
Paul Singer / USA Today:
West Point chapel hosts first same-sex marriage  —  The ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  3:17PM EST December 1.  2012 - The U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Towleroad News #gay
Rebecca Berdar / www.huntingdondailynews.com:
Rep. Fleck takes place in history  —  First openly gay member of Pennsylvania House  —  Pennsylvania's 81st District is a diverse place — a threecounty territory that encompasses Appalachian, Amish and liberal arts cultures in the midst of the urban and academic centers of Altoona and State College.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Nate Silver: Politico Covers Politics Like Sports But ‘Not In An Intelligent Way At All’  —  New York Times polling guru Nate Silver took aim at Politico's brand of reporting on Friday, saying the Washington-based news outlet covers politics like sports but “not in an intelligent way at all.”
Hans Bader / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
School Quotas and Speech Codes May Result From Senate Amendment to Defense Bill  —  Suing schools and colleges has nothing to do with supporting our troops.  —  But that didn't stop Senators from seeking to add an amendment, SA 3215, to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill on Thursday …
 
 
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Dream Act Gives Young Immigrants a Political Voice
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sen. Ayotte offers GOP an influential new voice
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Set to Name WSJ Editor as Publishing Company's CEO
Jonathan Valania / blogs.phillymag.com:
Ed Rendell Is on the Wrong Side of the Class War
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House cuts back on Fridays
New York Times:
In Latest Campaign, Obama Takes Deficit Battle to the Public
Discussion: The Hill
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO GUZZLE ANTIFREEZE, PART THE INFINITY
Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Small union is causing big problems for ports
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Governor Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Drunks And Children