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7:50 PM ET, December 10, 2012

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Rich Yeselson / American Prospect:
This Is Not Wisconsin.  It's Worse.  —  Sheldon Dick/Farm Security Administration  —  Strikers guarding window entrance to Fisher body plant number three in Flint, Michigan (1937)  —  Let's clear one thing up.  “Right to work” laws, which permit employees working at a unionized workplace …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colbert tops SC voters' Senate wish list  —  Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country.  Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove.  Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Colbert is top pick to replace DeMint
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   PPP: South Carolina voters want Stephen Colbert
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt in the Afterlife  —  Certainly you've seen them, or at least one — that steady drumbeat of oddly normal and yet somehow surreal pictures of post-defeat Mitt Romney that keep showing up everywhere.  Here, gassing up the minivan with hair and posture right out of a screen test for The Hangover 5.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
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Bill Maher / HBO:
Authentic Is the New Slimy  —  Days before the election, a video surfaced of Mitt Romney from August of 2007, in which he's arguing with a radio interviewer at Iowa's WHO 1040.  Why is he so pissed?  Because the guy asked Romney to comment on how he reconciles his Mormon faith with his position on abortion and women's rights.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Jim Williams / Public Policy Polling:
Holiday Poll Results: Voters See Gifts from Santa for Obama, Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Marco Rubio and the Coming Conservative Revolt  —  In the immediate wake of the election, Republicans felt so stunned — in no small part because they had deluded themselves into expecting victory — that it seemed momentarily possible that the party's long march to the right may halt or even reverse.
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner's Biggest Threat
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Where things really stand in the fiscal cliff negotiations  —  For the White House, the key to any deal is tax revenues — delivered at least partly through higher rates — and a long-term solution to the debt ceiling.  Additionally, any big deal will have to include some stimulus …
Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean ‘Right To Work For Less Money’  —  President Obama railed against right-to-work laws Republicans are currently trying to pass in Michigan, arguing that they constitute a “race to the bottom,” during a speech in Redford, Michigan Monday.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama jumps headfirst into fight over Michigan ‘right-to-work’ law
Discussion: Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: Hike taxes on rich  —  An American appetite for tax hikes gives President Barack Obama leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Sore Loser Allen West: My Opponent Only Won Because He Cheated  —  In an exit befitting his outspoken, controversial two years in Congress, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that he only lost his re-election because his opponent cheated.  —  West lost narrowly to Democratic up-and-comer Patrick Murphy last month …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
McCain to join Foreign Relations Committee just before Sec State hearing  —  MANAMA - The committee that will soon vet the next secretary of state will have a new Republican heavyweight next year: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man leading the charge against potential nominee U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, First Read and Post Politics
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Goldman's Top Economist Explains The World's Most Important Chart, And His Big Call For The US Economy  —  In a recent report, Goldman's top economist Jan Hatzius predicted that finally, the US would see a real growth acceleration in the second half of 2013.  —  There are three great reasons to listen to Hatzius:
Discussion: Economist's View
David Sirota / Salon:
Karl Rove won't surrender race card  —  The disgusting racial codes in his super PAC's new ad suggest the GOP will never stop pitting us against each other  —  Lee Atwater's claim to fame was his pioneering use of racially divisive imagery in political messages that, superficially, didn't seem to be about race at all.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's ‘bankruptcy’ trifecta  —  “I think we're going over the cliff.  It's pretty clear to me they made a political calculation.  This offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from imminent bankruptcy.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham: Debt Ceiling Will Force Obama To Man Up On Medicare Cuts
Discussion: Wonkette, Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Google Revenues Sheltered in No-Tax Bermuda Soar to $10 Billion  —  Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The increase in Google's revenues routed to Bermuda, disclosed in a Nov. 21 filing by a subsidiary, could fuel the outrage over corporate tax dodging.  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) …
Politico:
RNC launches official review on 2012 election (Updated)  —  The Republican National Committee is rolling out a plan to review what worked and what didn't for the party in the 2012 cycle, appointing five people at the top of a committee that will make recommendations on things like demographics, messaging and fundraising.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, CNN, Mediaite and First Read
Byron Tau / Politico:
Intelligence community: U.S. out as sole superpower by 2030  —  A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030.  —  “In terms of the indices of overall power - GDP, population size, military spending …
Kevin Carey / New York Times:
Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable?  —  LAST month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure junior college.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Via Meadia
The Boston Globe:
As a watchdog, she spoke out.  But in the Senate, the establishment critic is showing restraint.  —  Elizabeth Warren is resigning the tenured post at Harvard Law School that took her 30 years to achieve.  She has met privately with her former opponent, Scott Brown, who addressed her as professor instead of senator-elect.
WDIV-TV:
Taylor schools to close Tuesday for lack of teachers  —  Superintendent says teachers are likely going to be at protests in Lansing over right-to-work  —  The Taylor School District will be closed down Tuesday because of the high number of staff that have either called in sick or are taking personal days to attend rallies in Lansing.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President  —  In the foreground, the carnivorous lizard Palaeosaniwa pursues a pair of hatchling Edmontosaurus, as the snake Cerberophis and the lizard Obamadon look on.  In the background, T. rex faces off against Triceratops.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
David Rogers / Politico:
Inouye hospitalized, for most part ‘OK’  —  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye remained hospitalized Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where the 88-year-old Hawaii Democrat is being held for observation related to his oxygen intake.
Discussion: CNN
City Room:
Man Fatally Shot on Midtown Street  —  A man was shot in the head and killed on a busy Midtown street a block south of Central Park on Monday afternoon, the police said.  —  The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. near 58th Street and Seventh Avenue, an intersection in a tony area near …
 
 
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Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn and Hotel Housekeeper Settle Suit Over Alleged Attack
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Gloomy skies cancel Monday Senate votes
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: “Nothing Specific” From Republicans On Revenue In Fiscal Cliff Deal
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2 Dems to work with GOP to control state Senate
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