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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.
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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.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
“Fiscal cliff” talks frozen, Obama lobbies big business
Discussion: The Raw Story
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
A Good Deal Will Raise Tax Rates, Fix Entitlements
Discussion: Politico and Think Tanked
Wall Street Journal:
The Budget Baseline Con
Discussion: Wonkblog, Hot Air and Cato @ Liberty
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama warns business GOP debt-ceiling ‘game’ will hurt economy
Discussion: Politico
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
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: A Sneak-Peek At 2016  —  Hardly a month has passed since …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Howard Reich / Chicago Tribune:
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at age 91  —  Arts critic  —  Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.
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BBC:
Dave Brubeck: Take Five jazz pianist dies
Jay Jochnowitz / The Observation Deck:
Cuomo: Mainline Democrats “squandered the opportunity”  —  In an op-ed that will also be published in tomorrow's Times Union, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighs in on the state Senate coalition deal.  —  By Gov. Andrew Cuomo  —  Elections often clarify political situations, but sometimes confuse
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid: Filibuster Reform Is Happening Whether Republicans Like It Or Not
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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 …
PunditTracker Blog:
Vote: Worst Political Prediction of 2012  —  We have narrowed down our list of the best & worst political predictions this year and would like your help in making the final call.  —  Here are our three final candidates for the Worst Political Prediction of 2012
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A losing GOP hand  —  O holds all the fiscal-cliff cards  —  Republicans have a bad hand to play when it comes to the “fiscal cliff” coming up Jan. 1, when taxes will rise automatically on everyone and whopping defense cuts will be imposed automatically.  —  Did I say a bad hand?
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Rep Wants ‘More Pain’ For Middle Class, While Preserving Tax Cuts For The Rich
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 …
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.
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,’” …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama to Request $50 Billion for Sandy Relief  —  For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets - as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors.  The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion.
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marco Rubio Clarifies The Earth's Age: It's ‘At Least 4.5 Billion Years Old’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) turned heads last month when he told GQ Magazine that he didn't know the age of the earth and sparked speculation that he is laying a foundation for a 2016 presidential run.
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 …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 60 Best Conservative Blogs For 2012 (6th Annual)  —  60) The Mental Recession (No link because I am getting a virus warning when I go there today) 59) Polipundit 58) Jihad Watch 57) This Ain't Hell 56) Hugh Hewitt 55) Patterico's Pontifications 54) Moe Lane 53) Counter Cultured 52) Wizbang!
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Global Warming Is Behind The Real War On Christmas  —  It's that time of year when Fox News and other conservative media outlets revive their imaginary “War on Christmas.”  But the actual threat to one Christmas tradition comes from something more insidious than Fox's perceived attacks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
Ben Leubsdorf / Concord Monitor:
Sununu: Democrats won election by turning out voters who are dependent on government  —  Former governor, John H. Sununu, right, was one of three former Republican governors of New Hampshire to attend a discussion at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy's second sponsored dinner …
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
Jenni LeCompte / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Taking the Threat of Default Out of the Debt Limit  —  On Sunday, December 2, Secretary Geithner appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, CBS' Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, FOX News Sunday, and CNN's State of the Union and made the case for the Administration's balanced approach to reducing the deficit and strengthening economic growth.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Biggs and Richwine: The Underworked Public Employee  —  The cliché is true: Government workers do tend to take it easier than their private counterparts.  —  With state and local governments struggling to balance budgets in a still sluggish economy, government employment has fallen …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hit & Run
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Sheldon Adelson: 'I'm Basically a Social Liberal'  —  In a three-hour interview with The Wall Street Journal, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson excoriated President Barack Obama, Democrats and unions, as one would expect of a top donor to conservatives and Republican causes in the 2012 election.
 
 
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to members: Leadership is watching your voting patterns
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Simpson-Bowles is magic  —  It's every pundit's favorite budget plan …
Discussion: National Review and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
House Would Extend Protection for Past Presidents
Discussion: Politico
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
BREAKING: Tom Perriello Announces He Will Not Run for Virginia Governor in 2013
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / DealBook:
Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs and Take $1 Billion Charge
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Susan Rice and the Senate's blame game
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Alan Blinder: How to Get a Budget Deal Instead of the Cliff
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Waters secures top Democratic spot on House Financial Services Committee
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Top Pennsylvania GOP Lawmaker Proposes New Election Rigging Scheme
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‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street
 

 
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