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7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2012

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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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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?
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
WH ‘Absolutely’ Willing To Go Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’  —  President Obama's lead negotiator in the “fiscal cliff” talks said the administration is “absolutely” willing to allow the package of deep automatic spending cuts and across-the-board tax hikes to take effect Jan. 1, unless Republicans drop …
CNN:
The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner says  —  Washington (CNN) — Taxes on the wealthy are going up, House Speaker John Boehner conceded Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Rejects GOP ‘Doomsday’ Plan  —  With the economy hanging in the balance, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner today tangled over who's to blame for the “fiscal cliff” standoff and what to do if lawmakers can't reach a broad deficit-reduction agreement in 27 days.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Geithner: ‘Absolutely’ willing to go off the fiscal cliff  —  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Wednesday that the Obama administration was prepared to dive off the fiscal cliff if Republicans do not agree to raise tax rates on upper income brackets.  —  Geithner was asked on CNBC …
Discussion: CNN, Weekly Standard, ABCNEWS and ABCNEWS
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats: Republicans Won't Put Up A Fight On Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
The Budget Baseline Con
Discussion: Hot Air, Wonkblog and Cato @ Liberty
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
A Good Deal Will Raise Tax Rates, Fix Entitlements
Discussion: Think Tanked, Hot Air 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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Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Dave Brubeck, Who Helped Put Jazz Back in Vogue, Dies at 91
BBC:
Dave Brubeck: Take Five jazz pianist dies
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Rubio: I Don't ‘Pass Judgment’ On The ‘Sin’ Of Homosexuality (Except When I Do)  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has called for the Republican Party to be more inclusive of minorities, said Wednesday that while his faith teaches homosexuality is a sin, he does not judge sinners.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marco Rubio Clarifies The Earth's Age: It's ‘At Least 4.5 Billion Years Old’
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Rubio: Science, faith ‘not inconsistent’ on earth
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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Lois Romano / Reuters:
Democrats to Obamaland: Share your data
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
‘2016’ Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias  —  Gerald Molen, who produced the Academy Award-winning 'Schindler's List,' said the box-office success of the anti-Obama documentary proves the film was a hit: “The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything …
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
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid Denies Senate Chance to Vote on Obama's Plan  —  Senate majority leader Harry Reid is denying the Senate the chance to vote on President Barack Obama's proposal.  Reid calls Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to vote on the plan a “stunt.”  —  “I reserve the right to object.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age  —  It's a perennial fear among liberals: In the quest for a fiscal cliff deal, the White House and Democrats will ultimately acquiesce to GOP demands to raise the Medicare eligibility age.  But one Democrat is drawing a line against this possibility: Nancy Pelosi.
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Simpson-Bowles is magic  —  It's every pundit's favorite budget plan, but no one seems to know — or care — what it actually contains  —  Not many people know this but “The Simpson-Bowles Plan” is magic.  It is whatever you want it to be.  It will fix the deficit and grow the economy …
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
Bargaining and Its Limits  —  The seemingly endless series …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Booman Tribune
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.
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
The GOP Seminar in Surrender  —  RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, this morning there was a joint press conference that featured the so-called Republican leadership of John Boehner and Eric Cantor and about 15 other people that were standing there.  I don't know why, but they were smiling.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Rep Wants ‘More Pain’ For Middle Class, While Preserving Tax Cuts For The Rich  —  Throughout the fiscal cliff negotiations Republicans have insisted on preserving tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, but have dogmatically opposed maintaing a payroll tax holiday that disproportionately benefits the middle class.
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.
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
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Train Wreck: The New York Post's Subway Cover  —  “It all happened so fast.”  —  That's what R. Umar Abbasi, a freelance photographer for The New York Post, said of the fatal subway incident on Monday that he caught with his camera.  One man threw another into harm's way, causing him to be run over by an oncoming train.
 
 
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
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Associated Press:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois and New Jersey Miscellany
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Rick Santorum / The Daily Beast:
U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would've Had Bureaucrats Unseat Parents
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Global Warming Is Behind The Real War On Christmas
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Associated Press:
House Would Extend Protection for Past Presidents
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 Earlier Items: 
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
BREAKING: Tom Perriello Announces He Will Not Run for Virginia Governor in 2013
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
White House to Ask for $50 Billion in Hurricane Relief Aid
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Ohio Senator Confronted By Constituents Over Support For Medicare And Social Security Cuts
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
How The Voter ID Crusade Backfired On Republicans
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Anna-Marie Lever / BBC:
French sperm count ‘falls by a third’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Althouse and Gawker
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Sheldon Adelson: 'I'm Basically a Social Liberal'