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8:15 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  —  Now that states have started legalizing recreational marijuana, will the president continue the government's war on weed?  —  By  —  When voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in November, they thought they were declaring a cease-fire in the War on Drugs.
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would enter the national debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage cases  —  The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  The court also agreed to hear …
Discussion: Reuters, Washington Monthly, GOP 12 and CNN
Kali Borkoski / SCOTUSblog:
Live blog anticipating orders, hopefully regarding same-sex marriage (sponsored by Bloomberg Law) (Update: Completed)  —  We anticipate orders this afternoon, including likely in the same-sex marriage cases.  Our list of “Petitions to watch” for this Conference is here.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Gay Marriage Gets Supreme Court Review for the First Time
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.
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and AMERICAblog
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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Biden Says Obama Could Deal On Tax Rates
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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The Caucus:
2012 Election Ended With Deluge of Donations and Spending  —  The most expensive general election in history ended with a bang, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, with both presidential campaigns raising and spending huge amounts in the final two weeks before Election Day and …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Change.gov:
Presidential Inaugural Committee unveils unprecedented limits on fundraising; Broadens public access
Discussion: ABCNEWS and First Read
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
GOP Resurrects Plan to Rig Electoral College  —  After Romney got walloped on November 6, Republicans want to change how electoral votes are awarded.  —  In September, top Pennsylvania Republicans shocked the nation by proposing a change to the state's election rules that would have rigged …
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.
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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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 …
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, Daily Kos and CNN
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Press fear Obama private swearing in  —  The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president's official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press.
Discussion: Mediaite
Fox News:
Cheney Takes Flamethrower To Obama  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored last night at the Hudson Institute's 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  Cheney was introduced by Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who spoke in detail about Cheney's life and accomplishments …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Proposes $60.4 Billion Storm-Recovery Bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama proposed a $60.4 billion emergency spending bill on Friday to finance recovery efforts in areas pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, a sum that White House officials called a “robust” investment in the region …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Gothamist
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Welfare Spending Equates to $168 Per Day for Every Household in Poverty’  —  The amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about “$168 per day for every household in poverty,” the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee finds.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Weasel Zippers
Lilian Kim / KGO-TV:
Arpaio gets cold shoulder in San Francisco  —  immigration, san francisco news, lilian kim  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — America's most controversial sheriff was in hostile territory Thursday night.  Arizona's Joe Arpaio is in San Francisco as an invited guest, despite strong public sentiment against him.
Reuters:
Egyptian protesters break barrier at Morsi's palace  —  Activists penetrate climb onto army tanks; opposition leaders reject national dialogue proposed by Islamist President Morsi.  —  CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around President Mohamed Morsi's palace in Cairo …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
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.
 
 
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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension Demanded By Democrats
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Emanuel Cleaver backs Medicare means test
Discussion: Daily Kos
Megan R. Wilson / Ballot Box:
Newly elected members race to set up leadership PACs
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Adelson: No Second Bite for Chamber of Commerce
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government
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Ed O'Keefe / 2chambers:
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Hono­lulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
A Newly Preposterous Low for McConnell (and the Filibuster)
Discussion: Post Politics and Wonkblog
Paul Krugman:
Why People Are Confused About the Fiscal Cliff
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Axelrod slashes his mustache
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