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10:10 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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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 …
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 …
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
Does clinical legal education really have to be about left-liberal politics?  —  For my many and manifold sins, I have been assigned to the law school's appointment committee.  I'm grateful for the assignment, since I figure St Peter will credit it against my stint in Purgatory.
Discussion: City Journal and Althouse
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: The Huffington Post and GOP 12
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
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.
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.
Paul Krugman:
The Full McConnell  —  In his interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell finally mentioned a few sort-of specifics about what spending cuts the GOP wants: raising the Medicare age, charging higher premiums to affluent Medicare recipients, and changing the price indexing of Social Security.
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Study: Governors Have No Pull Helping Presidential Nominees Carry Their State  —  States have voted more frequently for a presidential nominee of a different party than its sitting governor across 600 contests since 1968; even more so in battleground states  —  With the 2012 election …
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 …
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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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Pelosi threatens House vote on tax bill
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New York Times:
Syria Moves Its Chemical Weapons, and U.S. and Allies Cautiously Take Note
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NY Gov. Cuomo meeting with Boehner, Reid to discuss hurricane aid
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
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Denise Cerreta / PARADE Magazine:
3 Folks Who Are Fighting Hunger at Home
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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
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