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5:35 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 …
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Political Watch
Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
Discussion: Applesauce and Weasel Zippers
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Sorry for calling GOP ‘wusses’
Discussion: CNN and
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
White House Calls GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan “Magic Beans And Fairy Dust”
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Elizabeth Warren headed to Senate Banking Committee  —  Elizabeth Warren has been selected by Democratic leadership to join the Senate Banking Committee next year, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of the situation.  —  The caucus still has to approve the committee makeup …
Discussion: Guardian
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Warren tapped for Senate Banking panel
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Better-Looking, Spunkier Senator From Kentucky Now a Possibility
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
Associated Press:
Dick Armey leaves as head of Tea Party-tied FreedomWorks  —  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.
David Welch / New York Times:
Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?
Discussion: Power Line and Riehl World News
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.
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
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Democrats' Strange Zeal for Filibuster Reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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.
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.
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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
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg donated $50,000 to EMILY's List Super PAC
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
‘Lincoln’ as Radical Art
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Susan Rice, the Senate and Angry Mobs
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Pete Townshend's political confession: “I'm a bit of a neocon”
Discussion: Reuters and FIRST DRAFT
Justin Sink / The Hill:
George W. Bush urges ‘benevolent’ immigration reform debate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Chambliss vulnerable in a primary...
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Liberal Hecklers Meet Ohio Republican
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles Kenny / Business Week:
The ‘Red Dawn’ Case for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending
The Rubio, Ryan makeovers