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1:50 PM ET, December 7, 2012

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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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Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Senate's First African American Republican Tea Party Member?  —  The announcement that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) was resigning at the beginning of 2013, gave political junkies - and plenty of SC politicians - an unexpected early Christmas gift.  —  DeMint, the unofficial leader …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
History Favors a 2014 GOP Comeback
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republican Glasnost  —  Senator Marco Rubio won …
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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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.
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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.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Deposed GOP lawmaker suggests he could vote against Boehner as Speaker  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to release a scorecard Amash said was used to push him off of a coveted House committee.  —  Besides Amash, Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) …
Discussion: Politico
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.
CNN:
New photo shows Obama taking Romney's concession call  —  (CNN) - A never-before-seen official White House photo, posted online Friday, shows President Barack Obama on Election Night speaking with his freshly defeated rival Mitt Romney.  —  The photo was taken in the presidential suite …
Discussion: Politico and Towleroad News #gay
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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: CNN, Gawker, Politico and New York Magazine
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
A Newly Preposterous Low for McConnell (and the Filibuster)  —  My admiration for the Senate's minority leader, the Hon. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is limited.  But his latest move took even me by surprise.  —  In a tactic he thought would put the Obama Administration in an uncomfortable position …
Discussion: Post Politics and Wonkblog
detroitnews.com:
Right-to-work bills pass in Lansing  —  Lansing — The birthplace of the nation's modern-day labor movement moved closer to becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state after bills Gov. Rick Snyder vowed to sign into law passed their first hurdles in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Thursday.
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AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Michigan GOP approves right to work amid union protests
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
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
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Could the ‘platinum coin option’ solve the U.S. debt crisis?  —  Associated Press - This is a U.S. Mint handout of the one-ounce $100 platinum coin.  Under current law, the Treasury is technically allowed to mint as many coins made of platinum as it wants and can assign them whatever value it pleases.
Ed O'Keefe / 2chambers:
Joe Manchin objects to MTV's ‘Buckwild’ reality show  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.).  ( AP)  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) isn't too wild about MTV's new reality show, “Buckwild.”  —  The show is scheduled to debut next month and follows a group of nine twenty-somethings living …
Discussion: The Hill and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
The Baby Boom Bump  —  CONVENTIONAL wisdom calls the 2012 presidential race the “demographic election,” attributing President Obama's victory in large part to his commanding advantage among rapidly growing groups like Latinos and millennials.  —  But if demographics is destiny in politics, it is even more true for policy.
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
The Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate  —  A liberal article of faith that confiscatory taxes fed the postwar boom turns out to be an Edsel of an economic idea.  —  Democratic Party leaders, President Obama in particular, are forever telling the country that wealthy Americans are taxed at too low a rate and pay too little in taxes.
Discussion: Mediaite
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Jon Chait's Miserable Endorsement of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age  —  Since Jon Chait has never met a concession he didn't like, he comes out with an endorsement of raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a long-term deficit deal.  So his cover for what is universally regarded …
Ginkgo / GendErratic:
MISANDRY - Male Resistance to the MRM  —  A Redditor named doch_doch has a new blog she has just started and it is definitely worth a look.  (This is one of the cleverer screen names I have seen.  It means “though, though” or “Oh but yes it is!” in German.)  —  She starts with:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dick / DickMorris.com:
Whites Stayed Home And Re-Elected Obama  —  Now that all the data is in, the fundamental reason for Romney's defeat is apparent, if largely unreported.  It is not just that blacks, Latinos, and single women showed up in record numbers at the polls.  It's that whites didn't.
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 …
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: Deadline.com and The Verge
Elizabeth P. McIntosh / Washington Post:
Hono­lulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later  —  Video: Betty McIntosh's account of the attack on Pearl Harbor went unpublished until today.  Now 97, she's still sharp as a whip and speaks to The Fold's Brook Silva-Braga about what she remembers …
Discussion: The Raw Story and JIMROMENESKO.COM
New York Times:
Driver in Fatal Bus Crash Found Not Guilty of Manslaughter  —  A bus driver accused of being so tired that he caused a crash that killed 15 passengers was found not guilty on all felony charges by a jury on Friday, underscoring the difficulty in prosecuting so-called drowsy driving cases.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Daily Mail:
‘A FIRST CLASS NURSE WHO CARED DILIGENTLY FOR HUNDREDS’  —  King Edward VII hospital spoke of the their shock at the death of Jacintha Saldanha in a statement:  —  'It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.
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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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Muslim Brotherhood inherits U.S. war gear
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Violence Against Women Act: Eric Cantor, Joe Biden In Talks Amid Stalled Tribal Provision
Pew Hispanic Center:
Unauthorized Immigrants: 11.1 Million in 2011
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Bailout on the Brink  —  A New York federal judge may rule imminently …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
‘Worn out’ Frank ready to hit the lecture circuit
Discussion: Queerty and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Clover / Financial Times:
Clinton vows to thwart new Soviet Union
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post reportedly considering adding a paywall in 2013
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Minority Senators Say Independent Democratic Conference Robs Them
Discussion: Capital New York
Jason Millman / Politico:
Chris Christie nixes state-run insurance exchange
CNN:
Major quake strikes off Japan, setting off small tsunami
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Gets Post-Election Bounce
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com