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12:30 PM ET, December 5, 2012

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Tax Fight, Republicans Seeking Fallback Position  —  WASHINGTON — With President Obama insisting on higher tax rates for affluent Americans and winning public support for the idea, Congressional Republicans find themselves in an increasingly difficult political spot and are quietly beginning the difficult search for a way out.
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Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama to stress need to raise debt limit “without drama”  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation's borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said.
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
A Good Deal Will Raise Tax Rates, Fix Entitlements  —  Although it isn't yet time to panic about the fiscal cliff, negotiations so far aren't exactly going well.  The Republicans are committing themselves to an unsustainable principle of no marginal tax-rate increases whatsoever.
Discussion: Politico and Think Tanked
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ryan, Rubio plot GOP's path  —  Paul Ryan took an unmistakable shot Tuesday at Mitt Romney's assertion that 47 percent of Americans would never vote Republican because they are too dependent on government.  —  “Both parties tend to divide Americans into ‘our voters’ and ‘their voters,’” …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Marco Rubio: Winning Hispanic voters a GOP ‘challenge’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABCNEWS
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: A Sneak-Peek At 2016  —  Hardly a month has passed since …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stars Rubio, Ryan lay out visions for Republican Party
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Ryan and Rubio Say Republicans Must Work on Aiding Middle Class
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench  —  The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well.  Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network's brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox …
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid  —  Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016.
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Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Run Hillary Run!: Majority want a Clinton 2016 candidacy
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Ohio Senator Confronted By Constituents Over Support For Medicare And Social Security Cuts  —  Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) was one of a handful of Washington, D.C lawmakers and policy experts invited to participate in a panel discussion on the fiscal cliff on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Lack of rank-and-file House GOP backlash hints at softening on taxes  —  Republicans appeared Tuesday to be moving reluctantly toward a debt deal that would increase revenues, one day after Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) offered up $800 billion in tax collection in the fiscal-cliff negotiations.
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Boehner Backlash Begins on Right Over Fiscal Cliff
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama: I'm willing to horse-trade
Discussion: The Hill
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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Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Adelson to Keep Betting on the GOP  —  LAS VEGAS—After spending more than $100 million mostly on losing Republican election campaigns this year, casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson said he planned to stay in the game and double down on his political donations.
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Sheldon Adelson: 'I'm Basically a Social Liberal'
Discussion: Post Politics
Daniel W. Drezner:
Praised Be the Glorious Sovereigntists Who Protect the U.S.A. from.... from.... wait, what?  —  I've blogged on occasion about the development of a sovereigntist lobby that reflexively opposes all treaties because they erode U.S. sovereignty.  For these people, any infringement on American sovereignty …
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New York Times:
White House to Ask for $50 Billion in Hurricane Relief Aid  —  President Obama plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in emergency spending to help rebuild the states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, according to administration and congressional officials briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: Politico and Capitol Watch
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Even on Short-Term Stimulus, Republicans and Obama Can't Agree
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
How The Voter ID Crusade Backfired On Republicans  —  The Republican push to make it more difficult to vote this year — seen by many as a racially tinged attempt to keep Democratic turnout down — could not have failed more spectacularly, a top African American activist told a left-leaning think tank Tuesday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lois Romano / Reuters:
Democrats to Obamaland: Share your data  —  The hottest property to emerge from Barack Obama's lopsided victory over Mitt Romney is not the president's much lauded campaign team.  Nor is it the shrewd turnout operation that catapulted him to victory.  —  It is something far more valuable that's …
R. Umar Abbasi / New York Post:
Anguished fotog: Critics are unfair to condemn me  —  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. … I was on an assignment, waiting for a train at the 49th Street subway platform, when I suddenly heard people gasping.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Dick Armey, FreedomWorks president clashed over book deal  —  Dick Armey left the deep-pocketed tea party group he helped build over a clash with a top lieutenant who Armey and others in the organization believed was using the group's resources to pad his pockets, POLITICO has learned.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid: Filibuster Reform Is Happening Whether Republicans Like It Or Not  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) fierce resistance to reforming the filibuster isn't fazing Harry Reid, who insists that he will weaken the minority party's power to obstruct legislative business with Republican support or without it.
Discussion: Politico
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Key Fast and Furious Official Leaves Justice Department  —  Attorney General Eric Holder's Chief of Staff Gary Grindler has announced his departure from the Department of Justice.  Grindler was named as one of the top DOJ officials responsible for the fatal Fast and Furious operation by the DOJ inspector general.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
 
 
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Study questions whether departments are too focused on hiring graduates of elite universities
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New Bill Would Take Income-Based Student Loan Payments Straight From Your Paycheck
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Top Pennsylvania GOP Lawmaker Proposes New Election Rigging Scheme
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House downplays Islamist push for power in Egypt
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
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MSNBC Hosts Visit Obama
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