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7:15 PM ET, December 4, 2012

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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.
Bloomberg:
Obama Sets Higher Top Tax Rate as Prelude to Fiscal Deal  —  Obama: The Math Doesn't Add Up in Boehner's Plan  —  President Barack Obama sketched out a potential year-end deal pairing tax increases and spending cuts to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, while insisting Republicans must accept higher tax rates …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Political Watch
BuzzFeed:
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Applesauce
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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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.
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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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 …
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
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
One in four Americans has an opinion about an imaginary debt plan
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 …
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Politico:
Elizabeth Warren headed to Senate Banking Committee
Discussion: Guardian
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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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Despite Dole appearance, Senate fails to ratify disabilities treaty
Discussion: Politico
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.
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details  —  Gov. Jan Brewer met in Washington D.C. Monday with Mason Steill and his mother, Shelley Steill.  Mason, a combat medic, was injured in Afghanistan.  He is the grandson of Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson's secretary.  —  Courtesy of Shelley Steill
Discussion: Gawker and Truthdig
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Arizona senators don't know Gov. Jan Brewer's whereabouts
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Wonkette, Politico and Post Politics
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 …
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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.
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David Welch / New York Times:
Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Egypt's Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters  —  (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Church Offers Firearms Classes To Train Parishioners To Defend Against Imaginary Bands Of Mexicans  —  The Times of London reports that several American churches are now offering concealed firearms training in order to attract worshipers to their pews.
 
 
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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 …
Daily Mail:
Amputations, beheadings and a crucifixion: Horrific stories from Yemen where Al Qaeda has imposed sharia law
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The PJ Tatler
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
‘Lincoln’ as Radical Art
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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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Liberal Hecklers Meet Ohio Republican
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