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New York Times:
At Boehner's Request, He and Obama Negotiate Alone  —  WASHINGTON — At House Speaker John A. Boehner's request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say.
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill.  —  However, McConnell's plan backfired …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The Republican crisis  —  Party of ‘eat your veggies’  —  If you want to know why Republicans and conservatives are in a political crisis, you need only consider the fact that the Right's deeply held view now boils down to this: Taxes should not go up on the wealthy, and your health benefits should be cut.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Betsy's Page
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use …
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Politico:
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney both topped $1 billion in 2012  —  Obama: $1.123 billion vs. Romney: $1.019 billion.  —  That's the final fundraising tally in the most expensive presidential election ever, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission by the rival campaigns and party committees.
Discussion: Think Tanked, The Week and Truthdig
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Adelsons donate $33 million to GOP super PACs in closing days
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney campaign raised $85.9M in final weeks
Discussion: CNN
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
What Jim DeMint figured out  —  In today's Republican universe, there's less of a relationship than ever between holding office and holding power  —  It says something about the state of the conservative movement and the Republican Party that Jim DeMint's power won't wane at all - and …
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Good riddance, Mr. DeMint  —  Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) …
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
Arizona Bomber Had Citizenship Rejected by Homeland Security for ‘Terrorism-Related Activity’  —  Back on Sunday I broke the news here at PJ Media of the arrest of Abdullatif Aldosary in connection with the bombing of a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande, Arizona, last Friday morning.
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Steve Stout / Tucson News Now:
Gosar questions how bomb suspect was allowed to live in AZ
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jason Millman / Politico:
Chris Christie nixes state-run insurance exchange  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rejected a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, paving the way for the federal government to step in and run one.  —  Christie — who was in Washington on Thursday pushing for Hurricane Sandy aid …
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Associated Press:
Christie Reunites With Obama at White House
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Syria's Chemical Weapons Moves Lead U.S. to Be Flexible  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama first warned Syria's leader, President Bashar al-Assad, that even making moves toward using chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that might force the United States to drop its reluctance …
Discussion: Quartz, Hot Air and Via Meadia
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Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
Muslim-American Group To GOP: Stop Treating Us So Poorly
Discussion: CAIR and Mother Jones
Paul Krugman:
Why People Are Confused About the Fiscal Cliff  —  Dean Baker catches the Washington Post running a Q&A under this banner:  —  OK, if there's one thing the fiscal cliff confrontation isn't, it's a “debt crisis”.  The problem — a political standoff that may lead to damaging austerity …
Discussion: Eschaton
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Staffer axed by Republican group over retracted copyright-reform memo  —  Big Content doesn't like the GOP advocating for copyright changes.  —  The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January.
CNN:
Major quake strikes off Japan, setting off small tsunami  —  Are you there?  Share your photos and video with CNN iReport, but please stay safe.  —  Tokyo (CNN) — A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and setting off a small tsunami.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Axelrod slashes his mustache  —  Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod shaved his mustache on national television Friday to settle a bet.  —  Axelrod fulfilled the bet with MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-cost Joe Scarborough to raise over $1 million toward epilepsy research.
Discussion: Politico
Dennis Jacobe / Gallup:
U.S. Small-Business Owners' Hiring Intentions Plunge  —  Net hiring over the past 12 months declined to -12, down from -7 in July  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. small-business owners expect to add fewer net new jobs over the next 12 months than at any time since the depths of the 2008-2009 recession …
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
November Employment Report: 146,000 Jobs, 7.7% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  There was uncertainty about this report because of Hurricane Sandy.  —  The headline number was above expectations of 80,000, but both September and October payroll growth was revised down.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Gets Post-Election Bounce  —  A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of President Obama's first term.  —  Obama's approval rating stands at 57%, the highest since May 2011 …
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
FCC to FAA: Allow ‘greater use’ of electronic devices during flights  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday pushed for wider in-flight use of electronic portable devices during airplane flights.  —  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called …
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge, NYT Bits and TechCrunch
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Bush's White House Press Secretary Tells Female Victims Of Violence: ‘Make Better Decisions’  —  Bush White House Press Secretary-turned-Fox News host Dana Perino asserted Wednesday night that women who are victims of violence should “make better decisions” to avoid being hurt.
Discussion: Truthdig
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Unions target McCaskill, Warner in new round of ‘cliff’ ads  —  A coalition of unions is launching a new round of television ads on Friday pressuring centrist lawmakers to oppose entitlement cuts in a “fiscal cliff” deal.  —  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees …
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Google Nearer to Selling Motorola Set-Top Line  —  Google Inc. is wrapping up an auction of Motorola's set-top box business, according to people involved in the deal, as it continues downsizing the hardware unit.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., company had set a deadline of Friday for the last round of bids …
Discussion: The Verge
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Bill Clinton: I don't know whether Hillary will run  —  CUPERTINO — Don't bother asking Bill Clinton if his wife is going to run for president in 2016.  —  “If I did know, I wouldn't tell you,” he said Wednesday evening, fielding the first of many questions from a packed audience …
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
 
 
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