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5:45 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.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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: Slate, Hullabaloo and Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
I Hope This Isn't True  —  Ezra Klein says that the shape …
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 …
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Sanders: GOP Senate obstructionism ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unAmerican’  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed Republican obstructionism in the Senate as “undemocratic” and “unAmerican” and urged filibuster reform after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked his own bill earlier this week.
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Team Outlines Donor Packages for Inauguration  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's finance team is offering corporations and other institutions that contribute $1 million exclusive access to an array of inaugural festivities, including tickets to a “benefactors reception,” a children's concert …
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.
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 …
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: The Raw Story
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama, Rubio offer different prescriptions for middle class  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the importance of the middle class during their weekly addresses Saturday, but each offered different prescriptions for prosperity.  —  Obama urged Congress to pass …
Discussion: Politico
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Fiona Harvey / Guardian:
UN climate change talks in deadlock
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Clinton: Drug war 'hasn't worked'
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results …
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What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?
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Obama committee to accept corporate cash for January inauguration in Washington
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