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3:50 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mr President, Don't Even Think About It  —  Charlie Savage reports on the Obama administration's response to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.  Balko is discouraged: … Pete Guither sees the article as a trial balloon: … Well, since they're asking …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Obama's Pot Problem
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Week
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Marijuana Legalization Poll Finds Americans Want Federal Government To Leave States Alone
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
In Which Harold & Kumar Go Into Hiding
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
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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 the Jack Kemp Foundation's Leadership Award earlier this week.  In his speech accepting the award, he sketched out his Republican vision.  Some of the policies he mentioned were pretty conventional for someone of his party: limiting regulations, approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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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 …
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Senate's First African American Republican Tea Party Member?
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama to take corporate cash for inauguration  —  President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his Inauguration in January, reversing his position from his first Inauguration, according to two sources close to the planning.  —  There are no legal limits for inauguration donations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Impolitic
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Change.gov:
Presidential Inaugural Committee unveils unprecedented limits on fundraising; Broadens public access  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee outlined plans today for an inauguration that will underscore their commitment …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and First Read
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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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
‘Gangnam Style’ Singer PSY's Vitriolic Anti-American Past Revealed, Outrage Ensues  —  He has the most-watched YouTube video of all-time, an international phenomenon of a mega-hit in “Gangnam Style,” has made appearances on nearly every American morning talk show under the sun from Today to Ellen …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Racing To the Bottom In Michigan  —  It won't be formal until next Tuesday (thanks to a five-day delay requirement for bills passed by both Houses), but the Michigan legislature has indeed approved “right-to-work” legislation in a lame-duck session blitzkrieg of enormous audacity.
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New York Times:
Bills Placing Limits on Unions Advance in Michigan Legislature
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.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Sorry, Democrats: 4 Ways Progressives Are About to Have Their Hopes Dashed  —  Liberals are fired up about Obama's second term and Elizabeth Warren's election.  They're about to be disappointed.  —  Reuters/The Atlantic  —  Ever since Election Day, the left has been riding high.
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
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.
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
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forgotten Millions  —  Let's get one thing straight: America is not facing a fiscal crisis.  It is, however, still very much experiencing a job crisis.  —  It's easy to get confused about the fiscal thing, since everyone's talking about the “fiscal cliff.”
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
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
 
 
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
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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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Driver in Fatal Bus Crash Found Not Guilty of Manslaughter
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Tracy Jan / The Boston Globe:
‘Worn out’ Frank ready to hit the lecture circuit
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Jon Chait's Miserable Endorsement of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Wonkblog
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Could the ‘platinum coin option’ solve the U.S. debt crisis?
Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
The Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate
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