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6:50 PM ET, December 4, 2012

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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Truly Grand Bargain  —  Sometimes you have to walk through the desert to get to the Promised Land.  That's the way it is for Republicans right now.  The Republicans are stuck in a miserable position at the end of 2012, but, if they handle things right, they can make 2013 an excellent year …
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Politico:
Conservative groups rebel against John Boehner  —  Several prominent conservative organizations lashed out against a pair of decisions by Speaker John Boehner's leadership team as House Republicans saw their tightly held grip on the right loosen a bit on Monday.
Bloomberg:
Obama Sets Higher Top Tax Rate as Prelude to Fiscal Deal  —  Obama: The Math Doesn't Add Up in Boehner's Plan  —  President Barack Obama sketched out a potential year-end deal pairing tax increases and spending cuts to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, while insisting Republicans must accept higher tax rates …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Political Watch
BuzzFeed:
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Applesauce
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans not handling election results well  —  PPP's first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard...and also declining in numbers.  —  49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama.
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame  —  OVERVIEW  —  With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” public opinion about the situation has changed little over the past three weeks.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One in four Americans has an opinion about an imaginary debt plan
Walter Hickey / Business Insider:
47% Of People Think The Deficit Would INCREASE If We Go Over The Fiscal Cliff
New York Post:
Queens dad pushed to his death by madman in Times Square subway station  —  Ki Suk Han, 58, of Queens frantically tries to climb to safety yesterday as a train bears down on him in Midtown.  He was fatally struck seconds later.  —  A Queens dad trying to protect fellow straphangers …
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid , Video, Senate Banking Committee, Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Committees, Elizabeth Warren Senate, Elizabeth Warren Senate Banking …
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Politico:
Elizabeth Warren headed to Senate Banking Committee
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Better-Looking, Spunkier Senator From Kentucky Now a Possibility
Discussion: Politico
DP Show / The Dan Patrick Show:
Bob Costas explains why he made gun commentary at halftime of Sunday night game  —  NBC's Bob Costas joined the show to talk about his comments on the Jevon Belcher tragedy and more.  —  Costas explained why he chose to make a statement on gun control at halftime of Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game.
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Cindy Boren / The Early Lead:
Bob Costas calls Jovan Belcher commentary “a mistake”  —  Neighbors share their grief outside the Long Island home of Jovan Belcher's mother.  (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)  —  Bob Costas said he made a “mistake,” violating his own rule of not trying to compress a nuanced topic into small bit of air time …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate rejects treaty to protect disabled around the world  —  J. Scott Applewhite/AP - Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), center, gestures during a news conference in Washington, Dec. 3, 2012, to urge Senate approval of an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Despite Dole appearance, Senate fails to ratify disabilities treaty
Discussion: 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 …
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details  —  Gov. Jan Brewer met in Washington D.C. Monday with Mason Steill and his mother, Shelley Steill.  Mason, a combat medic, was injured in Afghanistan.  He is the grandson of Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson's secretary.  —  Courtesy of Shelley Steill
Discussion: Gawker and Truthdig
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Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Wonkette, Politico and Post Politics
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Arizona senators don't know Gov. Jan Brewer's whereabouts
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
TEA PARTY GROUP CHIEF QUITS, CITES INTERNAL SPLIT … WASHINGTON (AP) — Eased out with an $8 million payout provided by an influential GOP fundraiser, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey says he has left a conservative Tea Party group, FreedomWorks, because of an internal split over the group's future direction.
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David Welch / New York Times:
Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?
Ted Nugent / Washington Times:
U.S. sailed off the ‘fiscal cliff’ long ago  —  We created Fedzilla; now it's time to kill it  —  Only a Fedzillacrat could possibly think raising taxes on the wealthy could accomplish anything toward restoring sanity in the financial insane asylum known as our federal government.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Magical thinking in new GOP fiscal cliff plan  —  So yesterday, House GOP leaders offered up their own fiscal cliff proposal.  In exchange for substantial spending cuts, the big concession Republicans would make is that they would agree to $800 billion in new revenues.
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TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney Hits Costco — Buys Toy Car (Manufactured in China)  —  HITS COSTCO  —  Buys Toy Car (Manufactured in China)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Mitt Romney went on MASSIVE (and fiscally responsible) shopping spree at a Costco near his home in La Jolla, CA this week ... stocking up on all sorts of goods …
Reuters:
Egypt's Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters  —  (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Church Offers Firearms Classes To Train Parishioners To Defend Against Imaginary Bands Of Mexicans  —  The Times of London reports that several American churches are now offering concealed firearms training in order to attract worshipers to their pews.
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker arrested in August for intoxication
Discussion: Politico
Phil Plait / Slate:
Congress Promotes Dangerous Anti-vaccine Quackery
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
This May Take a While  —  ‘Outreach’ is the new word that O stands …
Daily Mail:
Amputations, beheadings and a crucifixion: Horrific stories from Yemen where Al Qaeda has imposed sharia law
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The PJ Tatler
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
‘Lincoln’ as Radical Art
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Susan Rice, the Senate and Angry Mobs
Associated Press:
Pete Townshend's political confession: “I'm a bit of a neocon”
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New York Times:
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