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9:35 AM ET, December 10, 2012

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Politico:
Options narrow to avert fiscal cliff  —  Time is running short — and so are the options available to avert the fiscal cliff.  —  President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have just 21 days to resolve their differences over how to handle more than $500 billion in expiring tax rates and steep spending cuts.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Tax Panic  —  The GOP should negotiate with Obama, not each other.  —  If any Republicans thought that President Obama would respond with magnanimity in victory, they now know better.  He is determined to rout them on taxes, give as a little as possible on spending …
Washington Post:
Time running out on ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  The contours of a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff are becoming increasingly clear.  But progress has been slow, and time is running out for leaders to seal an agreement and sell it to restless lawmakers who so far have been given little information.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Armey: Boehner has ‘toughest job’ in Washington  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) says Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has the “toughest job” in Washington, with three weeks left to negotiate a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”  —  “He's got a seriously divided majority in the House.
Discussion: Politico
The Caucus:
Obama and Boehner Talk Deficits at the White House
Discussion: msnbc.com and New York Times
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Conservative Pundits: Accepting Same-Sex Marriage Is Common Sense  —  Republican political strategist Mary Matalin must have finally gotten the message that a growing number of Americans support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.  On ABC's This Week, as the show discussed …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sidebar: Court Enters Same-Sex Fray With Uncharacteristic Speed
Discussion: The Reaction
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court showdown expected over gay rights decisions
Discussion: Althouse and Advocate
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
George Will: ‘Quite Literally, The Opposition to Gay Marriage Is Dying’
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: Most back path to citizenship  —  Americans want amnesty.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll finds that 62 percent of those surveyed support an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a period of several years.
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vicpolicenews.com.au:
Police concerned with Apple iOS 6 mapping system  —  Mildura Police are urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system on the Apple i-phones operating on the iOS 6 system after a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Tim Blair
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Robots and Robber Barons  —  The American economy is still, by most measures, deeply depressed.  But corporate profits are at a record high.  How is that possible?  It's simple: profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation are down.
BBC:
Egypt crisis: Morsi gives army arrest powers before vote  —  The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil says Egypt has become a visibly divided country  —  Egypt's President Morsi has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions in the run-up to a referendum on the constitution.
Discussion: The Week, Guardian and Informed Comment
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Matt Bradley / Wall Street Journal:
Egypt Leader Fails to Blunt Opposition
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lawrence O'Donnell Confronts Gingrich: Asks Him To Apologize For Predicting Clinton Tax Increases Would Lead To Downturn  —  On Sunday, during an appearance on Meet The Press, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell confronted Newt Gingrich for falsely predicting in 1993 that the economy would suffer …
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msnbc.com:
December 9: Durbin, McCarthy, Gingrich, Goldman, Cooper, Woodward and O'Donnell
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Sens. Schumer, Corker on chances of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal; Israel's response to Syria's civil war  —  The following is a rush transcript of the December 9, 2012, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  CHRIS WALLACE, ANCHOR: I'm Chris Wallace.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Paul Krugman riles fellow pundits  —  New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman seems to be testing the patience of a couple of his fellow pundits on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Conservative commentator George Will and former White House aide Mary Matalin both directed pointed remarks …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Hot Air Trial Ballooning  —  This comment strikes me as a little bit hard to take at face value: … I have a sneaking feeling that Durbin is throwing up a smokescreen there (or he's been smoking some of that special Alan Simpson sensimilla.)  He must know that the argument is that Obamacare …
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Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Top Senate Democrat Rejects Raising Medicare Eligibility Age
Discussion: Wonkblog
Tim Marshall / Sky News:
Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War  —  Interviewing people who, under different circumstances, might kill you is a strange experience.  —  To the soundtrack of multiple rocket launchers and small arms fire, I met six men who the Syrian authorities told us were jihadist rebel fighters captured by the army.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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New York Times:
Syria Rebels Tied to Al Qaeda Play Key Role in War
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Lawfare and Jihad Watch
 
 
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