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12:00 PM ET, December 3, 2012

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Criticized as Weak in Past Talks, Obama Takes Harder Line  —  WASHINGTON — Amid demands from Republicans that President Obama propose detailed new spending cuts to avert the year-end fiscal crisis, his answer boils down to this: you first.  —  Mr. Obama, scarred by failed negotiations …
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John W. Schoen / Economy Watch:
Facing the fiscal cliff: American taxpayers have had it easy for decades  —  They can't have it both ways.  —  On one side of the escalating budget debate is the premise, offered up by a generation of politicians and tax policy wonks since Ronald Reagan, that government spending is dangerously …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Agonist
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Chambliss defends tax pledge stance, says he won't be ‘dictated to’
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ talks at a stalemate over tax hikes
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Geithner and Boehner Defend Their Stands on Fiscal Crisis
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Obama seeks to bolster his negotiating chops in debt talks
Peter H. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, John Boehner, Mitt Romney, Campaign Finance, Elections 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, Fcpa, Mitt Romney 2012, Sands Casino …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
2016 contenders court mega-donors  —  A week after Election Day, three Republican governors mentioned as 2016 presidential candidates — Bobby Jindal, John Kasich and Bob McDonnell — each stopped by the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino to meet privately with its owner Sheldon Adelson …
Discussion: GOP 12, The Agonist and Mother Jones
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Kid Rock: Obama and I have ‘no hard feelings’  —  Washington (CNN) - Musician Kid Rock, who was a celebrity surrogate for Mitt Romney, said President Barack Obama wasted no time in jokingly acknowledging their campaign rivalry Sunday.  —  “It was nice.  I saw the president tonight.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Obama wants Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay at DNC
Discussion: msnbc.com
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   Obama wants DNC chair to stay on the job
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Republican “Doomsday Plan” Allows Tax Increase, Uses Debt Limit For Future Leverage  —  Under “Doomsay Scenario,” Republicans vote “present” en masse so they don't take ownership of tax increase  —  Jonathan Karl has early notice of a potential “doomsday” plan devised by Republicans:
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Republican Doomsday Plan: Cave on Taxes, Vote ‘Present’
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Pelosi threatens House vote on tax bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Budget Mumble  —  In the ongoing battle of the budget, President Obama has done something very cruel.  Declaring that this time he won't negotiate with himself, he has refused to lay out a proposal reflecting what he thinks Republicans want.  Instead, he has demanded that Republicans themselves say, explicitly, what they want.
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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Republicans ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on Medicare
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Again, no gay marriage orders (UPDATED)  —  The Supreme Court on Monday released additional orders from its Friday Conference, but the list did not show any action on the ten cases dealing with the same-sex marriage issue.  UPDATED: The Court later Monday morning posted on its electronic docket …
Discussion: Advocate and Outside the Beltway
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Retains Low Honesty Rating  —  Nurses have highest honesty rating; car salespeople, lowest  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Congress remains involved in protracted negotiations over the pending “fiscal cliff” that could disrupt the nation's economy if not addressed by Jan. 1 …
David Remnick / News Desk:
Hillary is Running: A Dispatch from the Saban Forum  —  Hillary Clinton is running for President.  And the Israeli political class is a full-blown train wreck.  These are two conclusions, for whatever they are worth, based on a three-day conference I attended this weekend at the annual Saban Forum, in Washington, D.C.
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
New York Times Seeks Buyouts From 30 in Newsroom  —  Aiming to cut costs in an increasingly troubled advertising environment, The New York Times announced on Monday morning that it would offer buyout packages to newsroom employees.  While the primary goal of the buyout program is to trim managers …
News Corporation:
News Corporation Announces Details Regarding Proposed Separation of Businesses  —  Robert Thomson Named CEO of Proposed Publishing Company; Leadership Team Unveiled  —  Companies to be Named News Corporation and Fox Group  —  News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp. Shutters The Daily iPad App
New York Times:
Homeless Man Is Grateful for Officer's Gift of Boots.  But He Again Is Barefoot.  —  After Officer Lawrence DePrimo knelt beside a barefoot man on a bitterly cold November night in Times Square, giving him a pair of boots, a photo of his random act of good will quickly took on a life of its own …
Daniel W. Drezner:
Introducing the Drezner Intelligence Explainer  —  David Sanger and Eric Schmitt have a story in today's New York Times about... well, as near as I can figure, the purpose of the story is that the intelligence comnunity wants to communicate with the Assad regime in Syria.  Here's the opening:
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New York Times:
Syria Moves Its Chemical Weapons, and U.S. and Allies Cautiously Take Note
Discussion: Via Meadia
Fox Sports:
In KC, it's no time for a game  —  KANSAS CITY, MO.  —  Football is embarrassingly tone deaf.  —  Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker for the Chiefs, murdered the mother of his child shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday.  He hopped in his car, drove to the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility …
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Vatican discloses Pope's Twitter handle: @pontifex … VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It's official.  Pope Benedict's handle on Twitter will be @pontifex.  —  He already has 1.2 billion “followers” in the standard sense of the word but next week he will have another type when he enters …
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Narcissist in chief: President Obama honors Rosa Parks anniversary with picture of himself; Update: Adam Baldwin with the win  —  Just when you think President Obama's impossibly large ego can't grow further, he makes it happen!  —  President Obama loves to insert himself in other people's biographies.
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Joselyn King / Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
Capito: 'I'm Not a Very Good Faker'
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Study: Governors Have No Pull Helping Presidential Nominees Carry Their State
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NY Gov. Cuomo meeting with Boehner, Reid to discuss hurricane aid
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
Does clinical legal education really have to be about left-liberal politics?
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