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9:25 AM ET, December 6, 2012

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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 …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Boehner Gains Strong Backing of House G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — With a daunting fiscal crisis looming and conservatives outside the House torching him at every turn, Speaker John A. Boehner might be assumed to have a shaky hold on his gavel.  Instead, it appears he is enjoying the broadest support …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Caucus
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama-friendly business group given great White House access  —  A business group considered friendly to President Obama has been granted high-level access to senior White House officials as “fiscal cliff” negotiations have gripped Washington.  —  Business Forward on Thursday will host …
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Menza / CNBC:
Geithner: Ready to Go Over ‘Cliff’ If Taxes Don't Rise  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are “making a little bit of progress” in “fiscal cliff” talks but said the Obama administration was “absolutely” ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn't agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Louie Gohmert Casts Lone Vote To Keep ‘Lunatic’ In Federal Code … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Flat Tax, Louie Gohmert, Gohmert Lunatic, Louie Gohmert Flat Tax, Louie Gohmert Lunatic, Louie Gohmert Tea Party, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to strike the word …
Discussion: 2chambers, Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
TRENDING: Lone vote cast for keeping term ‘lunatic’ in federal law
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Congress votes to remove word ‘lunatic’ from federal law, saying it has no place in code
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
Byron Tau / Politico:
Geithner: ‘Absolutely’ willing to go off the fiscal cliff
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Weasel Zippers, ABCNEWS and CNN
Josh Tyrangiel / Business Week:
Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks  —  Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free.  “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook.
World News:
Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order  —  So far, intelligence sources say, bombs loaded with the components of sarin haven't yet been loaded onto planes.  NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports.  —  The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons …
Donal Griffin / Bloomberg:
Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs, Take $1 Billion Charge  —  Citigroup Job Cuts Not Surprising, Cohan Says  —  Citigroup Inc. (C)'s Michael Corbat, who took over as chief executive officer less than two months ago, will cut more than 11,000 jobs and pull back from some emerging markets to drive …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street Bank Cuts 11,000 Jobs After Paying Ousted Executives $14 Million
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Ratliff / New York Times:
Dave Brubeck |  1920-2012: Dave Brubeck, Jazz Musician, Dies at 91  —  Dave Brubeck, the pianist and composer who helped make jazz popular again in the 1950s and '60s with recordings like “Time Out,” the first jazz album to sell a million copies, and “Take Five,” the still instantly recognizable hit single …
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Dave Brubeck, worldwide ambassador of jazz, dies at 91
Discussion: FIRST DRAFT
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
The Lesbian Past of Bill de Blasio's Wife  —  Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray.  (Photo: Getty)  —  Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, an all-but-officially announced mayoral hopeful, has prominently featured his wife Chirlane McCray in his campaign literature and on his web site.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama's deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Olive Garden Suffering From Bad PR After Anti-Obamacare Comments  —  Darden Restaurants, Inc. — owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden — is battling back negative press attention in light of its October announcement that the company will use Obamacare as a reason to shift to part-time employees.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and The Hill
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership  —  The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner's removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership.
Discussion: The American Mind
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New York Times:
U.S.-Approved Weapons Transfer Ended Up With Libyan Jihadis  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons …
After Marriage:
Mexican Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage ban  —  The Supreme Court of Mexico issued a unanimous ruling Wednesday afternoon that paves the way to universal marriage rights in the country.  —  The actual ruling won't be published for a little while, but the gay rights advocates who brought …
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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Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
If U.S. hikes taxes, high-income Californians might pay almost 52 percent
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
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Tom Coburn, M.D., United States Senator from Oklahoma:
Dr. Coburn Releases “Safety at Any Price” Report on Questionable Grant Spending at Department of Homeland Security
Fox News:
Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan Talk 2016 Republican Vision and Eye the ‘47 Percent’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney can retire later
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Iron Empires, Iron Fists, Iron Domes
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Seth Perlman / WLS-TV:
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How Crash Cover-Up Altered China's Succession
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Joel Kotkin / Forbes:
The Blue-State Suicide Pact
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Abortion For Military Rape Victims Amendment Passes Senate
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Associated Press:
SD US Sen. Johnson Opens Possibility He Won't Run
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Rush Limbaugh:
The GOP Seminar in Surrender
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