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9:40 AM 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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Chambliss defends tax pledge stance, says he won't be ‘dictated to’  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Saturday defended his decision to break with conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, telling constituents he would not be “dictated to by anybody in Washington.”
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ talks at a stalemate over tax hikes  —  View Photo Gallery — The ‘fiscal cliff’: Meet the key players: With the election behind them, Obama and lawmakers have turned their attention to the fiscal cliff.  Here's a look at some of the leaders who will influence whether the country can avoid falling off the cliff.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Obama seeks to bolster his negotiating chops in debt talks
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.
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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John Bresnahan / Politico:
J.C. Watts for RNC chair?
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
Singer Alanis Morissette defies boycott, threats over Israel concert  —  Pop singer Alanis Morissette arrived in Israel today for a concert at Tel Aviv's Nokia Theater; she last performed there in 2000. … Alanis Morissette in Israel  —  The usual voices of intolerance are protesting the Grammy Award-winning songwriter's visit.
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: The Hill
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NY Gov. Cuomo meeting with Boehner, Reid to discuss hurricane aid  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is visiting top Democrats and Republicans on Monday to discuss additional relief funding to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  —  Cuomo has meetings scheduled with House Speaker John Boehner …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Republicans ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on Medicare  —  Mitt Romney's Medicare budget might be fading away just as quickly as Romney himself.  —  During the campaign, candidate Romney repeatedly hammered President Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his signature healthcare law.
Chana Ya'ar / Arutz Sheva:
Abbas ‘Victory Speech’: Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’  —  PA Chairman promises that someday the PA flag will fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”  —  PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PA flag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah: Now, we have a state
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
 
 
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Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
Does clinical legal education really have to be about left-liberal politics?
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Reuters:
Anti-Kim Kardashian protests erupt in Bahrain before reality star opens milkshake shop
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Sam Lister / The Independent:
George Osborne admits recovery is taking longer than expected and government will miss economic targets
Discussion: Firedoglake
Louise Story / New York Times:
Texas Business Incentives Highest in Nation
Paul Krugman:
The Full McConnell  —  In his interview with the Wall Street Journal …
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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and House Speaker John Boehner talk ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama pays tribute to Kennedy Center honorees at White House reception
Discussion: Politico, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Raising Debt Limit Will Always Come With Cuts, Reforms
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Elie Leshem / The Times of Israel:
If Iran tries to attack, Israel will reportedly target its missiles before they get off the ground
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Talking Points Memo:
McCaskill: ‘I Feel Almost Sorry For John Boehner’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Gateway Pundit
Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
The Education of Virginia Woolf
 

 
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