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11:45 AM ET, December 5, 2012

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James Hohmann / Politico:
Ryan, Rubio plot GOP's path  —  Paul Ryan took an unmistakable shot Tuesday at Mitt Romney's assertion that 47 percent of Americans would never vote Republican because they are too dependent on government.  —  “Both parties tend to divide Americans into ‘our voters’ and ‘their voters,’” …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Marco Rubio: Winning Hispanic voters a GOP ‘challenge’  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday morning that the Republican Party needs to move into the 21st century.  —  “The challenge for the conservative movement, the challenge for every movement in America ... is applying [our] …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABCNEWS
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: A Sneak-Peek At 2016  —  Hardly a month has passed since …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stars Rubio, Ryan lay out visions for Republican Party
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Ryan and Rubio Say Republicans Must Work on Aiding Middle Class
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 …
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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Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama to stress need to raise debt limit “without drama”  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation's borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Lack of rank-and-file House GOP backlash hints at softening on taxes
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
BuzzFeed:
MSNBC Hosts Visit Obama
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Run Hillary Run!: Majority want a Clinton 2016 candidacy
Detroit's Fox 2:
Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out  —  DETROIT (WJBK) — The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.  —  City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Ohio Senator Confronted By Constituents Over Support For Medicare And Social Security Cuts  —  Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) was one of a handful of Washington, D.C lawmakers and policy experts invited to participate in a panel discussion on the fiscal cliff on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Sheldon Adelson: 'I'm Basically a Social Liberal'
Discussion: Post Politics
Daniel W. Drezner:
Praised Be the Glorious Sovereigntists Who Protect the U.S.A. from.... from.... wait, what?  —  I've blogged on occasion about the development of a sovereigntist lobby that reflexively opposes all treaties because they erode U.S. sovereignty.  For these people, any infringement on American sovereignty …
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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.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama: I'm willing to horse-trade  —  President Obama rejected Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) $2.2 trillion deficit-reduction proposal on Tuesday while signaling he could consider entitlement reforms if congressional Republicans agree to higher tax rates for upper-income households.
Discussion: The Hill
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Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Boehner Backlash Begins on Right Over Fiscal Cliff
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer: Entitlement benefit cuts on the table in talks with GOP on ‘fiscal cliff’
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
How The Voter ID Crusade Backfired On Republicans  —  The Republican push to make it more difficult to vote this year — seen by many as a racially tinged attempt to keep Democratic turnout down — could not have failed more spectacularly, a top African American activist told a left-leaning think tank Tuesday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
A Good Deal Will Raise Tax Rates, Fix Entitlements  —  Although it isn't yet time to panic about the fiscal cliff, negotiations so far aren't exactly going well.  The Republicans are committing themselves to an unsustainable principle of no marginal tax-rate increases whatsoever.
Discussion: Politico and Think Tanked
Anna-Marie Lever / BBC:
French sperm count ‘falls by a third’  —  Chemicals, diet and lifestyle may lower sperm count  —  The sperm count of French men fell by a third between 1989 and 2005, a study suggests.  —  The semen of more than 26,600 French men was tested in the study, reported in the journal Human Reproduction.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Althouse and Gawker
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
 
 
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Steven Salzberg / Forbes:
Congress Holds An Anti-Vaccination Hearing
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid: Filibuster Reform Is Happening Whether Republicans Like It Or Not
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Even on Short-Term Stimulus, Republicans and Obama Can't Agree
Amanda Crawford / Political Capital:
Jan Brewer: Where in the World?
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Chris Morran / The Consumerist:
New Bill Would Take Income-Based Student Loan Payments Straight From Your Paycheck
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Top Pennsylvania GOP Lawmaker Proposes New Election Rigging Scheme
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Booman Tribune
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
NASA Just Announced Its Future Plans for Mars
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