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10:55 AM ET, December 4, 2012

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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What's Wrong With the Republican Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer  —  Here are three big problems with the letter they sent to the White House:  —  1. It's not really a proposal — it's just a set of headline numbers without specific policies.  The letter says Republicans want to cut $900 billion …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks  —  One-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin apologized for calling some GOP lawmakers “wusses” in their negotiations with Democrats over the “fiscal cliff.”  —  “Well, I guess I shouldn't call politicians names …
Discussion: Political Watch
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 …
Discussion: First Read and Mother Jones
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Boehner tries to call a mulligan  —  House Speaker John Boehner is trying to call a mulligan.  —  In 2011, not long after an election in which Democrats were utterly routed, Erskine Bowles testified before the debt supercommittee.  “I tried to think...if it was possible …
Bloomberg:
Republicans Counter Obama Plan With Entitlement Cuts  —  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner proposed $2.2 trillion of spending cuts and new revenue that lack what President Barack Obama calls essential for a fiscal agreement: higher tax rates for top-earning Americans.
Discussion: The Agonist
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,” …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll finds majority would blame GOP if deficit negotiations fail
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Thomas Sowell / Townhall.com:
Fiscal Cliff Notes
Discussion: AEIdeas
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Raising Medicare's age: Saves feds $5.7 billion, costs you $11.4 billion
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Boehner, House GOP leaders offer ‘fiscal cliff’ counterproposal
Paul Krugman:
It's Health Care Costs, Stupid
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Eschaton
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
In ‘cliff’ talks, Obama on brink of disaster
Daniel Gross / The Daily Beast:
On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Got Nothin'
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 …
Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group in Split Over Direction  —  In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party.
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.
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
GOP Steering Committee Shuffles Conservatives  —  Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it's the latest instance of the Ohio Republican's clamping down on his fractious conference.
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Daniel Horowitz / RedState:
The Purge of House Conservatives Continues  —  Well, House leadership made sure to elevate like-minded members to leadership; they took care to co-opt the Republican Study Committee; they packed the Steering Committee, which chooses committee assignments, with a bunch of loyalists.
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Consider Vogue Editor Wintour for U.K. Embassy  —  President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, to be either his next ambassador to the U.K. or France, as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies that never seem out of fashion …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg Asked Clinton to Consider Succeeding Him as Mayor  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.  —  But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
APA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer A Mental Disorder  —  This Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees approved the latest proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, what will now be known as the DSM-V. This marks …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Alexthechick / doubleplusundead:
An open letter to Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock  —  Gentlemen: I see that you have chosen to use the horrific crime of the murder of Kasandra Perkins to express your belief that guns are the problem, not the men who wield them.  I am utterly certain that you believe that you have the moral high ground on this matter.
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Forget the Cliff, Fix the U.S. Tax System  —  Spoiler alert: The “fiscal cliff” will be resolved.  At the 11th hour, saner heads will prevail, a deal will be struck, and the U.S. Congress will steer the economy away from its date with destruction.  Congressional compromise will ensure …
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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Sen. John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
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