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10:35 AM ET, December 6, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Political Risks of Cliff-Diving
Discussion: Politico and Right Turn
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
If U.S. hikes taxes, high-income Californians might pay almost 52 percent
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Rejects GOP ‘Doomsday’ Plan
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.
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Ronnie Polidoro / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA  —  In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC's “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year.
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CBS News:
Hillary Clinton, Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to meet for Syria crisis talks  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, were to meet privately Thursday afternoon with United Nations special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
TRENDING: Lone vote cast for keeping term ‘lunatic’ in federal law
Discussion: Politico, 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
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
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 …
Ethan Roeder / New York Times:
I Am Not Big Brother  —  I'VE grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job.  I'm in political data.  —  If I'm not spying on private citizens through the security cam in the parking garage, I'm probably sifting through their garbage for discarded pages from their diaries …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Post Politics
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
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.
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
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Lawmaker chews out staffer for riding on members-only elevator  —  Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) chewed out a House staffer after catching her riding on a “members only” elevator, according to an ITK tipster who was on the scene.  —  But Foxx's office is calling our lookout's description of events in the elevator an “exaggeration.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Official Google Blog:
Google+: Communities and photos  —  For our international readers, this post is also available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish (Spain, Latin America).  - Ed.  —  During the holidays we reconnect with loved ones and rediscover what makes us tick.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and The Verge
Jenny Marlar / Gallup:
U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up  —  Unemployment situation best for college grads, whites, men, and older workers  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October.
Discussion: Business Insider and Hot Air
 
 
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Fawn Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Infrastructure Cliff: Why the U.S. Desperately Needs a $2.5 Trillion Upgrade
Discussion: Via Meadia
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama-friendly business group given great White House access
Discussion: The Hill
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Dancing Around Genocide
Discussion: normblog and Israel Matzav
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney can retire later
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Iron Empires, Iron Fists, Iron Domes
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Seth Perlman / WLS-TV:
TSA: State Sen. Donne Trotter tried to bring handgun, bullets through O'Hare security
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
Joel Kotkin / Forbes:
The Blue-State Suicide Pact
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Train Wreck: The New York Post's Subway Cover
PunditTracker Blog:
Vote: Worst Political Prediction of 2012
Discussion: Truthdig and Applesauce
 

 
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