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11:10 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 …
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.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation  —  South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation.  Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Jim DeMint to resign to head Heritage Foundation  —  Sen. Jim DeMint abruptly announced plans to resign his South Carolina Senate seat to run the conservative Heritage Foundation, a stunning move that could have repercussions in the chamber and in Senate GOP primaries across the country.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
BREAKING: Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Political Risks of Cliff-Diving  —  Republicans will get the blame, but it is the president who will be weakened most.  —  President Barack Obama has clear advantages in the public-opinion contest over the fiscal cliff.  He recently won re-election, Democrats increased their Senate majority and the GOP controls only the House.
Discussion: Politico and Right Turn
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama-friendly business group given great White House access
Discussion: The Hill
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
If U.S. hikes taxes, high-income Californians might pay almost 52 percent
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.
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 … and Gawker
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 …
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CBS News:
Hillary Clinton, Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to meet for Syria crisis talks
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
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
Associated Press:
Congress votes to remove word ‘lunatic’ from federal law, saying it has no place in code
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
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 …
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, The Hill and Politico
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
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street Bank Cuts 11,000 Jobs After Paying Ousted Executives $14 Million  —  Citigroup announced on Wednesday that it will cut 11,000 jobs, or 4 percent of its workforce, in an effort to trim expenses.  —  The moves comes one month after Citigroup paid out nearly $14 million to two former executives …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Donal Griffin / Bloomberg:
Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs, Take $1 Billion Charge
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
 
 
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Reuters:
Military halts clashes as political crisis grips Egypt
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Bloomberg:
Global Banking Under Siege as Nations Tighten Local Rules
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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
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Dancing Around Genocide
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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