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8:15 PM ET, December 8, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 Nagourney / New York Times:
Gay Activists Weigh Possibilities of Marriage Ruling  —  LOS ANGELES — Within moments of the announcement on Friday that the Supreme Court would hear two cases relating to same-sex marriage, gay activists rejoiced, heralding the decision as a major advancement for their movement.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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'
Investors:
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian President Said to Prepare Martial Law Decree
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?
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New York Times:
Rice in Limbo as Nomination Remains Uncertain
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Michael Holtz / Chicago Tribune:
Illegal immigrant gets kidney
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Liz Goodwin / Reuters:
Labor rebellion: Fast-food workers, inspired by Walmart strikers, demand higher wages
Emily Anne Epstein / The New York Observer:
New Anti-Islam Ads to Debut This Month, Now With 25% More MTA Disclaimer
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama committee to accept corporate cash for January inauguration in Washington
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Charlie Crist signs papers to become a Democrat
 

 
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