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10:00 PM ET, December 4, 2012

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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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
That Pesky ACORN, and a Surge of Interest in Panetta-Burns  —  Public Policy Polling clearly decided to have some fun in its first post-election national survey.  Take it away, Tom Jensen! … During the “secession crisis” of 1861 that ultimately led to the Civil War, the crucial “swing” …
Discussion: Discourse.net
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Nearly Half Of Republicans Believe Defunct Organization Stole The Election For Obama
Discussion: Philly.com
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.
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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Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
Photo of Man's Imminent Demise Covers Front Page of the New York Post, Sparks Outrage  —  A freelance photographer working for the New York Post on an unrelated assignment happened to be standing on the 49th Street station platform when 58-year-old Queens resident Ki Suk Han was suddenly pushed onto …
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
Don't Blame Costas, Blame the Microphone
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Walter Hickey / Business Insider:
47% Of People Think The Deficit Would INCREASE If We Go Over The Fiscal Cliff  —  As the Fiscal Cliff fight rages on, both sides are using the media to position themselves as being serious and reasonable.  —  One big factor is that for all the hype about the issue, very few people really understand what The Fiscal Cliff actually is..
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Paul Krugman:
Psychodrama Queens, Revisited  —  A while back I worried that the Obama administration actually believed in pundit fantasies, those elaborate psychodramas supposedly going on in voters' minds as they contemplate whether Obama has reached out enough to the center or whatever.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One in four Americans has an opinion about an imaginary debt plan
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
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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.
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 …
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.
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BuzzFeed:
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What's Wrong With the Republican Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Republicans Block Ratification Of U.N. Treaty On Rights For The Disabled, Citing Impact On Home-Schoolers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
UN disabilities treaty expected to fail in Senate amid GOP opposition
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Arizona senators don't know Gov. Jan Brewer's whereabouts  —  Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) said Tuesday they have no idea where Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) is.  —  “No, everybody keeps asking me that,” Kyl told The Hill.  “I didn't know she was missing.”  —  McCain answered similarly.
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Gawker and Truthdig
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 …
Washington Post:
Fox News chief's failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate  —  Later she said, “I'm only reporting this back to Roger.  And that's our deal.”  —  Petraeus said it was okay to relay his response to Ailes, adding “that has to be off the record.”
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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
When Roger Ailes tried to play kingmaker
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.
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.
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Sorry for calling GOP ‘wusses’  —  Sarah Palin is apologizing for telling Republicans to not be “wusses” when it comes to the debate over taxes and spending.  —  “Well, I guess I shouldn't call politicians names, so I apologize for calling the wobbly ones wusses,” …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and msnbc.com
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Political Watch
 
 
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Democrats select governors association leadership
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Atheists Trying to Shut Down Congressional Prayer Caucus
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BuzzFeed:
MSNBC Hosts Visit Obama
Discussion: Mediaite and Post Politics
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Church Offers Firearms Classes To Train Parishioners To Defend Against Imaginary Bands Of Mexicans
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 …
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Daily Mail:
Amputations, beheadings and a crucifixion: Horrific stories from Yemen where Al Qaeda has imposed sharia law
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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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats file petition to force vote on middle class tax rates
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