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8:50 AM ET, December 5, 2012

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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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Nearly Half Of Republicans Believe Defunct Organization Stole The Election For Obama  —  Forty nine percent of Republicans believe that President Obama won reelection thanks to the allegedly illegal work of a group that no longer exists, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.
Discussion: Vox Verax, CANNONFIRE and Philly.com
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
That Pesky ACORN, and a Surge of Interest in Panetta-Burns  —  Public Policy Polling clearly decided to have some fun in its first post-election national survey.  Take it away, Tom Jensen! … During the “secession crisis” of 1861 that ultimately led to the Civil War, the crucial “swing” …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench  —  The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well.  Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network's brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox …
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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
When Roger Ailes tried to play kingmaker
Washington Post:
Fox News chief's failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Lack of rank-and-file House GOP backlash hints at softening on taxes  —  Republicans appeared Tuesday to be moving reluctantly toward a debt deal that would increase revenues, one day after Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) offered up $800 billion in tax collection in the fiscal-cliff negotiations.
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Financial Times:
Obama to lobby business on US debt limit  —  President Barack Obama will seek to enlist senior corporate executives in his bid to permanently increase the US borrowing authority as part of the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, according to the White House.
Politico:
Scoop: Fowler leaves W.H. for Johnson & Johnson …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Dick Armey, FreedomWorks president clashed over book deal  —  Dick Armey left the deep-pocketed tea party group he helped build over a clash with a top lieutenant who Armey and others in the organization believed was using the group's resources to pad his pockets, POLITICO has learned.
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Rush Limbaugh:
Don't Blame Costas, Blame the Microphone
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
How Unhinged Rhetoric Sank a Disabilities Rights Treaty in the Senate  —  The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities failed to capture the 2/3 vote needed for ratification in the U.S. Senate today due to fierce Republican opposition.  Many Republicans and their allies …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Republicans Block Ratification Of U.N. Treaty On Rights For The Disabled, Citing Impact On Home-Schoolers
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Ryan and Rubio Say Republicans Must Work on Aiding Middle Class  —  A month after Republicans lost their bid for the White House, a pair of party leaders said Tuesday that a greater emphasis should be placed on improving the lives of the middle class if Republicans hoped to expand their appeal …
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street  —  View Photo Gallery — The ‘fiscal cliff’: Meet the key players: With the election behind them, Obama and lawmakers have turned their attention to the fiscal cliff.  Here's a look at some of the leaders who will influence whether the country can avoid falling off the cliff.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Adelson to Keep Betting on the GOP  —  LAS VEGAS—After spending more than $100 million mostly on losing Republican election campaigns this year, casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson said he planned to stay in the game and double down on his political donations.
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
Discussion: Wonkblog
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid  —  Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
R. Umar Abbasi / New York Post:
Anguished fotog: Critics are unfair to condemn me  —  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. … I was on an assignment, waiting for a train at the 49th Street subway platform, when I suddenly heard people gasping.
Lois Romano / Reuters:
Democrats to Obamaland: Share your data  —  The hottest property to emerge from Barack Obama's lopsided victory over Mitt Romney is not the president's much lauded campaign team.  Nor is it the shrewd turnout operation that catapulted him to victory.  —  It is something far more valuable that's …
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
Pennsylvania Step May Help Republicans Win Electoral Vote  —  A Pennsylvania lawmaker's plan to divvy up electoral votes based on a presidential candidate's public support may be just the first of many state legislative moves to alter the way the nation chooses a leader.
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Gorman Skips Business, Jain Likes Faulks: Best Books of 2012  —  What books have high-profile readers been enjoying this year?  —  We asked chief executive officers, policy makers, investors, economists, academics and authors to tell us their favorites.  Most chose new titles …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Tax Fight, Republicans Seeking Fallback Position  —  WASHINGTON — With President Obama insisting on higher tax rates for affluent Americans and winning public support for the idea, Congressional Republicans find themselves in an increasingly difficult political spot and are quietly beginning the difficult search for a way out.
Discussion: Vox Verax and ABCNEWS
investor.darden.com:
Darden Restaurants Announces Expected Second Quarter Diluted Net Earnings Per Share and Revises Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings Outlook  —  Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today reported that it expects diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations of approximately 25 to 26 cents …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Wonkblog
 
 
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