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11:25 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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Nearly Half Of Republicans Believe Defunct Organization Stole The Election For Obama  —  Forty nine percent of Republicans believe that President Obama won reelection thanks to the allegedly illegal work of a group that no longer exists, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.
Discussion: Philly.com
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
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Lack of rank-and-file backlash hints at softening on taxes
Discussion: Politico
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Same players, same disputes in fiscal cliff debate
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
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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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 …
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, Mediaite 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.
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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BuzzFeed:
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Ryan, Rubio Distance Themselves From Romney, Call For GOP Focus On Those “Struggling”  —  Potential 2016 candidates make a move.  —  Image by Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP  —  WASHINGTON — In their most substantive remarks since the presidential election, former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan …
Discussion: The Week
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Politico:
Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio's makeovers
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer: Entitlement benefit cuts on the table in talks with GOP on ‘fiscal cliff’
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania Step May Help Republicans Win Electoral Vote
CNN:
Democrats select governors association leadership
Discussion: Politico
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Atheists Trying to Shut Down Congressional Prayer Caucus
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
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
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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: The PJ Tatler and Jihad Watch
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”
Discussion: Reuters and FIRST DRAFT
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats file petition to force vote on middle class tax rates
 

 
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