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4:40 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.
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Despite Dole appearance, Senate fails to ratify disabilities treaty  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans blocked ratification of a United Nations treaty aimed at promoting the rights of disabled people around the world, despite an appearance on the Senate floor by former Republican Sen. Bob Dole …
Discussion: Politico
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, CNN and Political Watch
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate rejects treaty to protect disabled around the world
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Sorry for calling GOP ‘wusses’
Discussion: CNN and msnbc.com
CNN:
Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
Discussion: Applesauce and Weasel Zippers
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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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.
The Fix:
Republicans losing blame game on fiscal cliff  —  A majority of Americans say that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, congressional Republicans should bear the brunt of the blame, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll, the latest sign that the GOP faces …
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 …
BuzzFeed:
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll finds majority would blame GOP if deficit negotiations fail
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 …
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
Vicki Needham / The Hill:   Warren tapped for Senate Banking panel
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Report: Warren to Get Spot on Senate Banking Committee
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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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Better-Looking, Spunkier Senator From Kentucky Now a Possibility
Discussion: Politico
National Review:
Filibluster  —  Filibuster “reform” — intermittently called, over the last decade or so, the “nuclear option” — is something of a moving target.  We have consistently maintained that a majority of the Senate may constitutionally curtail the filibuster or leave it as it is.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Democrats' Strange Zeal for Filibuster Reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Susan Rice, the Senate and Angry Mobs  —  An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late Sept. 11, 2012.  (STR/AFP/GettyImages)  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Sunlen Miller report:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Susan Rice ‘highly qualified,’ but no decision yet on next Secretary of State
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Gawker and Truthdig
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats file petition to force vote on middle class tax rates  —  House Democrats on Tuesday filed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the Senate's bill to extend the Bush-era tax levels for the middle class, but allow rates to rise for the wealthy.
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.
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.
 
 
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Michael Bloomberg donated $50,000 to EMILY's List Super PAC
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Associated Press:
Pete Townshend's political confession: “I'm a bit of a neocon”
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TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney Hits Costco — Buys Toy Car (Manufactured in China)
New York Times:
High-Speed Trades Hurt Investors, a Study Says
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
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Charles Kenny / Business Week:
The ‘Red Dawn’ Case for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending
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Bloomberg:
Forget the Cliff, Fix the U.S. Tax System
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