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8:40 AM ET, December 8, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Biden Says Obama Could Deal On Tax Rates
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Rolling Stone:
Psy Apologizes for Anti-American Performances  —  ‘I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words,’ says South Korean singer  —  “Gangnam Style” singer Psy issued an apology Friday in reponse to widespread reports about his participation in two anti-American concerts a decade ago in his native South Korea.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
PSY apologizes ahead of D.C. show  —  Two days before he is scheduled to perform for the first family at the “Christmas in Washington” concert, South Korean rapper PSY issued a statement apologizing for spouting anti-American lyrics eight years ago.  —  “I will forever be sorry for any pain …
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Court to hear historic gay marriage cases
Discussion: Reuters, GOP 12, CNN and Washington Monthly
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage for first time
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Gay Marriage Gets Supreme Court Review for the First Time
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 …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama committee to accept corporate cash for January inauguration in Washington  —  President Obama's inaugural committee will accept corporate donations this time around, reversing a policy from four years ago banning such contributions, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
GOP, Koch Brothers Sneak Attack Guts Labor Rights in Michigan  —  In the state where workers sat down in Flint General Motors plants seventy-five years ago and emboldened the industrial labor movement that would give birth to the American middle class, Republican legislators on Thursday voted to gut basic labor rights.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Racing To the Bottom In Michigan
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Maher: Send Koch bros a ‘f—k you’  —  Bill Maher blogged on Friday that President Barack Obama should use a fiscal cliff deal as a “personal f—k you” to the Koch brothers by doing something about global warming.  —  In a post Friday, Maher wrote: “Since we're looking for new revenue streams …
Discussion: HBO, Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Legislators Hope To Slip Farm Subsidies And Food Stamps Into Fiscal Cliff Deal  —  Agriculture Committee chairs from both chambers work out their differences in private.  Easy spending cuts and deep ideological differences in Farm Bill talks.  —  Image by Iowa Farm Bureau, Gary Fandel / AP
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, The Week and New York Times
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mr President, Don't Even Think About It  —  Charlie Savage reports …
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.
 
 
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Emily Ramshaw / New York Times:
Likely Increase in Births Has Some Lawmakers Revisiting Cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Medicaid expansion scorecard: 17 states say yes, 9 say no
New York Times:
Obama Proposes $60.4 Billion Storm-Recovery Bill
Discussion: Capital New York
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension Demanded By Democrats
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Welfare Spending Equates to $168 Per Day for Every Household in Poverty’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Emanuel Cleaver backs Medicare means test
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
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
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Sorry, Democrats: 4 Ways Progressives Are About to Have Their Hopes Dashed
CNN:
New photo shows Obama taking Romney's concession call