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2:55 PM ET, December 7, 2012

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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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Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
In Which Harold & Kumar Go Into Hiding
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 and CNN
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
History Favors a 2014 GOP Comeback  —  It's hard to pick up any publication or watch any television program oriented toward politics and not be reminded of the problems facing the Republican Party.  Republicans have now lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six presidential elections.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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?
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republican Glasnost  —  Senator Marco Rubio won …
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 …
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AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Michigan GOP approves right to work amid union protests  —  Protesters jammed into the Michigan state capitol after lawmakers from both chambers approved right-to-work legislation.  The measures free nonunion employees from paying union fees.  —  Tribune wire report
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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.
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
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
Stacey Solie / New York Times:
Two Laws Are Welcomed After Midnight in Seattle  —  SEATTLE — At 12:01 Thursday morning, the King County administration building here opened its doors to hundreds of couples waiting to apply for marriage licenses, the first day that same-sex couples were able to apply after Washington voters …
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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.
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Adelson: No Second Bite for Chamber of Commerce  —  Readers who saw that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson gave some $33 million for the Republican blitz during the last weeks of the presidential campaign may think he's a soft touch.  After all, Mr. Adelson spent more than $100 million on GOP …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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
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 …
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
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:
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.
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forgotten Millions  —  Let's get one thing straight …
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Sorry, Democrats: 4 Ways Progressives Are About to Have Their Hopes Dashed
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Race Begins: Gearing Up for the 2048 Presidential Election
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government
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Ginkgo / GendErratic:
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Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
‘Worn out’ Frank ready to hit the lecture circuit
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Charles Clover / Financial Times:
Clinton vows to thwart new Soviet Union
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
The Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate
Discussion: Mediaite
Jason Millman / Politico:
Chris Christie nixes state-run insurance exchange
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Unions target McCaskill, Warner in new round of ‘cliff’ ads
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Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
FCC to FAA: Allow ‘greater use’ of electronic devices during flights
 

 
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