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10:10 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: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
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
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
White House won't counter Boehner's fiscal proposal  —  Washington (CNN) - Don't expect negotiations for a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” to heat up this week.  —  Senior administration officials said the offer House Speaker John Boehner submitted to the White House on Monday wasn't serious enough …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Make Counteroffer in Fiscal Talks
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Truly Grand Bargain
Discussion: First Read and Mother Jones
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP makes a $2.2 trillion debt counteroffer to Obama on cliff
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'
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Boehner makes counteroffer on ‘fiscal cliff’
Discussion: The Agonist and Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
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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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Bob Costas ‘cop out’
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
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.
momentoftruthproject.org:
BOWLES STATEMENT ON SPEAKER BOEHNER'S LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT  —  While I'm flattered the Speaker would call something “the Bowles plan,” the approach outlined in the letter Speaker Boehner sent to the President does not represent the Simpson-Bowles plan, nor is it the Bowles plan.
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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 …
Fars News Agency:
Iran Hunts US ScanEagle Drone over Persian Gulf  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that his forces hunted a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated the country's airspace.
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Holder chief of staff targeted by Republicans in ‘Furious’ scandal to leave post  —  In one of the first high-level departures from the Justice Department since President Obama was elected to a second term, Attorney General Eric Holder's chief of staff — a political target …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Corporate Profits Hit Record High While Worker Wages Hit Record Low  —  A constant conservative charge against President Obama is that he is inherently anti-business.  However, businesses keep defying the storyline by making larger and larger profits, rebounding nicely out of the Great Recession.
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Corporate profits hit record as wages get squeezed
Discussion: Daily Kos
Financial Times:
Notes from the EU … Welcome.  If you have yet to register on FT.com you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs.  However, our posts remain free.  —  This blog covers everything from the European Union's foreign and economic policies to the fortunes of its political leaders …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and WorldViews
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details  —  Gov. Jan Brewer has taken a nearly week-long out-of-state work trip that was shrouded in secrecy Monday as she skipped an event to certify election ballots and her spokesman refused to disclose her location.
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
 
 
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It's Health Care Costs, Stupid
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