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4:25 PM ET, December 8, 2012

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Adele Stan / Washington Monthly:
Medicare Eligibility Age on the Table?  —  In Washington, when a rumor just won't die, it begins to look like strategy.  And one rumor that has Washington riveted is the potential for a deal on the fiscal shenanigans needed to stave off sequester that would raise the eligibility age for Medicare.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Responding to Jon Chait on the Suddenly Possible Idea of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age  —  So my old college pal Jon Chait (I promise before the end of my time here to pull out the parody my college humor magazine did of his column in the Michigan Daily) has responded to my criticism …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The fiscal cliff deal comes clearer: a 37% top tax rate and a higher Medicare eligibility age
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?  —  After 88 days in the spotlight as Mitt Romney's VP pick, Paul Ryan has stepped into the shadows (specifically, hometown Janesville, Wisc.) for the five-day House break - but that doesn't mean he's not taking phone calls and answering emails.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
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Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama, Rubio offer different prescriptions for middle class
Discussion: Politico
Courtesy / Orange County Breeze:
California state revenues 10.8% below budget projections in November  —  The following information was released by the California Controller.  —  State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California's cash balance, receipts and disbursements in November 2012 …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears  —  Fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth.  —  Cubans participate in a Mayan ritual at Bacuranao beach in eastern Havana.
Telegraph:
Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum  —  Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of ‘informational texts’.  —  JD Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Charlie Crist signs papers to become a Democrat  —  It was just a matter of time.  Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat.  —  Crist — Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” and used to describe himself variously as a …
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign … Elections 2012 , Thomas Mann , Elite Political Press , Fact Checking , Lies , Msm , Norman Ornstein , Political Coverage , Media News  —  Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets …
John Shiffman / Reuters:
Special Report: From abuse to a chat room, a martyr is made - Jane's Jihad  —  (Reuters) - “Kill him.”  —  The American who called herself Jihad Jane read the words on her computer screen.  Colleen LaRose was fiddling on the Internet, passing time in her duplex near Philadelphia …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael Holtz / Chicago Tribune:
Illegal immigrant gets kidney  —  Loyola covers costs of transplant  —  As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come.  —  His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and protein wisdom
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
National Rifle Association: More Guns Could Have Saved Javon Belcher's Girlfriend … NBC sports anchor Bob Costas believes that Kasandra Perkins' life could have been saved had her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Javon Belcher, not had access to a firearm.
New York Post:
Mobster uses mass-mailed letters from Obama, other politicians in bid for leniency  —  This mobster is the scam artist-in-chief.  —  A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge he's politically connected to avoid a harsh sentence — claiming a mass-mailing …
Discussion: Guardian
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian President Said to Prepare Martial Law Decree  —  CAIRO — Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of President Mohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday.
 
 
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Gay Activists Weigh Possibilities of Marriage Ruling
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Investors:
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results …
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New York Times:
Rice in Limbo as Nomination Remains Uncertain
Liz Goodwin / Reuters:
Labor rebellion: Fast-food workers, inspired by Walmart strikers, demand higher wages
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama committee to accept corporate cash for January inauguration in Washington
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Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Legislators Hope To Slip Farm Subsidies And Food Stamps Into Fiscal Cliff Deal
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Medicaid expansion scorecard: 17 states say yes, 9 say no
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Maher: Send Koch bros a ‘f—k you’
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