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1:25 PM ET, December 8, 2012

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Paul Krugman:
I Hope This Isn't True  —  Ezra Klein says that the shape of a fiscal cliff deal is clear: only a 37 percent rate on top incomes, and a rise in the Medicare eligibility age.  —  I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that this is just a case of creeping Broderism, that it's a VSP fantasy …
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?  —  After 88 days in the spotlight as Mitt Romney's VP pick, Paul Ryan has stepped into the shadows (specifically, hometown Janesville, Wisc.) for the five-day House break - but that doesn't mean he's not taking phone calls and answering emails.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The fiscal cliff deal comes clearer: a 37% top tax rate and a higher Medicare eligibility age  —  Something hilarious happened in the Senate on Thursday.  —  The White House has been pushing a plan to transfer authority for the debt ceiling to the executive.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Biden Says Obama Could Deal On Tax Rates
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Charlie Crist signs papers to become a Democrat  —  It was just a matter of time.  Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat.  —  Crist — Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” and used to describe himself variously as a …
John Shiffman / Reuters:
Special Report: From abuse to a chat room, a martyr is made - Jane's Jihad  —  (Reuters) - “Kill him.”  —  The American who called herself Jihad Jane read the words on her computer screen.  Colleen LaRose was fiddling on the Internet, passing time in her duplex near Philadelphia …
Discussion: Guardian
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears  —  Fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth.  —  Cubans participate in a Mayan ritual at Bacuranao beach in eastern Havana.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Vox Popoli
Telegraph:
Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum  —  Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of ‘informational texts’.  —  JD Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye …
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama, Rubio offer different prescriptions for middle class  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the importance of the middle class during their weekly addresses Saturday, but each offered different prescriptions for prosperity.  —  Obama urged Congress to pass …
Discussion: Politico and Crooks and Liars
Michael Holtz / Chicago Tribune:
Illegal immigrant gets kidney  —  Loyola covers costs of transplant  —  As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come.  —  His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Liz Goodwin / Reuters:
Labor rebellion: Fast-food workers, inspired by Walmart strikers, demand higher wages  —  Last month, workers at hundreds of Walmart locations nationwide staged protests—many on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year—demanding the retail giant pay higher wages.
Emily Anne Epstein / The New York Observer:
New Anti-Islam Ads to Debut This Month, Now With 25% More MTA Disclaimer  —  Pamela Geller is at it again.  —  The outspoken blogger and Executive Director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative has just purchased a slew of advertising space in several subway stations …
Rolling Stone:
Psy Apologizes for Anti-American Performances  —  ‘I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words,’ says South Korean singer  —  “Gangnam Style” singer Psy issued an apology Friday in reponse to widespread reports about his participation in two anti-American concerts a decade ago in his native South Korea.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
PSY apologizes ahead of D.C. show
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Gay Marriage Case  —  The Supreme Court declared Friday that it will take up same sex marriage next year in what's sure to be a blockbuster case with sweeping implications.  —  The Court accepted a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act …
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage for first time
Catholic Culture:
Judge rules that Archdiocese of New York's lawsuit against HHS mandate may proceed  —  A US district court judge has ruled that the Archdiocese of New York's lawsuit against the HHS mandate may proceed.  Other courts have dismissed similar lawsuits on the grounds that the Catholic plaintiffs …
 
 
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New York Times:
Rice in Limbo as Nomination Remains Uncertain
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama committee to accept corporate cash for January inauguration in Washington
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Legislators Hope To Slip Farm Subsidies And Food Stamps Into Fiscal Cliff Deal
Emily Ramshaw / New York Times:
Likely Increase in Births Has Some Lawmakers Revisiting Cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Medicaid expansion scorecard: 17 states say yes, 9 say no
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Maher: Send Koch bros a ‘f—k you’
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Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
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