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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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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.
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?
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.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Geithner: ‘Absolutely’ willing to go off the fiscal cliff
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers, ABCNEWS and ABCNEWS
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats: Republicans Won't Put Up A Fight On Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Daily Kos, Wonkblog and Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Don't Use Debt Ceiling as Weapon, Obama Tells G.O.P.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
“Fiscal cliff” talks frozen, Obama lobbies big business
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The Raw Story
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 |  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 …
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Dave Brubeck, worldwide ambassador of jazz, dies at 91
Discussion: FIRST DRAFT
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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Fox News:   Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan Talk 2016 Republican Vision and Eye the ‘47 Percent’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marco Rubio Clarifies The Earth's Age: It's ‘At Least 4.5 Billion Years Old’
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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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Associated Press:
Congress votes to remove word ‘lunatic’ from federal law, saying it has no place in code
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
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.
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
Discussion: Truthdig and Applesauce
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.  —  By Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
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.
Joel Kotkin / Forbes:
The Blue-State Suicide Pact  —  Click for full photo gallery: The Fiscal Cliff: States Whose Citizens Stand To Lose The Most  —  With their enthusiastic backing of President Obama and the Democratic Party on Election Day, the bluest parts of America may have embraced a program utterly at odds with their economic self-interest.
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, Nice Deb and Weasel Zippers
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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 …
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.
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  —  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released an oversight report, “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities.”
Seth Perlman / WLS-TV:
TSA: State Sen. Donne Trotter tried to bring handgun, bullets through O'Hare security  —  Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter is charged with felony after allegedly trying to bring a handgun and bullets through security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Abortion For Military Rape Victims Amendment Passes Senate … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  John McCain, Video, Jeanne Shaheen, National Defense Authorization Act, Todd Akin, Buck Mckeon, Federal Abortion Coverage, Military Abortion, Military Rape, Military Rape Abortion, Military Sexual Assault …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney can retire later  —  The nation is heading toward the “fiscal cliff,” but have no fear: Mitt Romney is coming to the rescue — of Marriott International Inc.  —  In his first public comments since election night, the defeated Republican presidential nominee issued a statement Monday announcing his next step.
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Rush Limbaugh:
The GOP Seminar in Surrender
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Julia Werdigier / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
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BREAKING: Tom Perriello Announces He Will Not Run for Virginia Governor in 2013
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