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9:30 AM ET, December 4, 2012

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff  —  House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue.
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Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House won't counter Boehner's fiscal proposal  —  Washington (CNN) - Don't expect negotiations for a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” to heat up this week.  —  Senior administration officials said the offer House Speaker John Boehner submitted to the White House on Monday wasn't serious enough …
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What's Wrong With the Republican Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer  —  Here are three big problems with the letter they sent to the White House:  —  1. It's not really a proposal — it's just a set of headline numbers without specific policies.  The letter says Republicans want to cut $900 billion …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Make Counteroffer in Fiscal Talks  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Congressional leaders on Monday countered President Obama's deficit reduction proposal with a plan of their own that is far heavier on spending cuts but embraces $800 billion in new taxes over the next 10 years.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Boehner tries to call a mulligan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
In ‘cliff’ talks, Obama on brink of disaster
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
House GOP Makes Budget Counteroffer
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group in Split Over Direction  —  In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ashley Judd exploring Senate run  —  Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell?  —  It might not be as far-fetched as you think.  —  The Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on the powerful Republican leader, four people familiar with the matter tell POLITICO.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Fox News chief's failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate  —  Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus.  —  So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg Asked Clinton to Consider Succeeding Him as Mayor  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.  —  But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state.
Alexthechick / doubleplusundead:
An open letter to Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock  —  Gentlemen: I see that you have chosen to use the horrific crime of the murder of Kasandra Perkins to express your belief that guns are the problem, not the men who wield them.  I am utterly certain that you believe that you have the moral high ground on this matter.
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Bob Costas ‘cop out’
momentoftruthproject.org:
BOWLES STATEMENT ON SPEAKER BOEHNER'S LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT  —  While I'm flattered the Speaker would call something “the Bowles plan,” the approach outlined in the letter Speaker Boehner sent to the President does not represent the Simpson-Bowles plan, nor is it the Bowles plan.
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Consider Vogue Editor Wintour for U.K. Embassy  —  President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, to be either his next ambassador to the U.K. or France, as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies that never seem out of fashion …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Corporate Profits Hit Record High While Worker Wages Hit Record Low  —  A constant conservative charge against President Obama is that he is inherently anti-business.  However, businesses keep defying the storyline by making larger and larger profits, rebounding nicely out of the Great Recession.
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Corporate profits hit record as wages get squeezed
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fars News Agency:
Iran Hunts US ScanEagle Drone over Persian Gulf  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that his forces hunted a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated the country's airspace.
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Holder chief of staff targeted by Republicans in ‘Furious’ scandal to leave post  —  In one of the first high-level departures from the Justice Department since President Obama was elected to a second term, Attorney General Eric Holder's chief of staff — a political target …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Financial Times:
Notes from the EU … Welcome.  If you have yet to register on FT.com you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs.  However, our posts remain free.  —  This blog covers everything from the European Union's foreign and economic policies to the fortunes of its political leaders …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and WorldViews
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
GOP Steering Committee Shuffles Conservatives  —  Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it's the latest instance of the Ohio Republican's clamping down on his fractious conference.
 
 
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Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
Sen. John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
24 Hours to Decide  —  Watching cable television you might …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Some Analysts Doubt Dire Predictions on Tax Increase Fallout
Discussion: Business Insider and DealBook
Ed O'Keefe / 2chambers:
When Barney Frank announced he was ‘coming out of the room’ (er... the closet)
Discussion: Advocate
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ONE QUARTER OF REPUBLICANS WANT TO SECEDE |
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
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Paul Krugman:
It's Health Care Costs, Stupid
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Eschaton
Patrick Burke / CNSNews:
Rahm Emanuel: ‘Chicago Is the Most American of American Cities’
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PR Newswire:
Mitt Romney Rejoins Marriott International Board
Discussion: Marriott News Center
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
As Americans face a fiscal cliff, the Obamas make do with 54 Christmas trees
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Petition: Obama should build Death Star
 

 
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