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8:50 PM ET, December 10, 2012

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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, CNN and National Review
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   PPP: South Carolina voters want Stephen Colbert
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
“Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan  —  The “right to work” battle in Michigan may not be over quite yet.  —  Top Democrats in the Michigan Congressional delegation just wrapped up their meeting with Governor Rick Snyder, during which they urged him in no uncertain terms …
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
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Tom Price won't challenge Boehner
Discussion: Politico
Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner's Biggest Threat
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
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Post Politics
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham: Debt Ceiling Will Force Obama To Man Up On Medicare Cuts
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
On debt ceiling, Graham vows to ‘play that game’
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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, First Read, Politico 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.
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) …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
BIN LADEN, THE MOVIE  —  Kathryn Bigelow paid a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, in downtown Manhattan, last week.  It was twenty days since she had finished the final edits on “Zero Dark Thirty,” a nearly two-and-a-half-hour movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, and two weeks before the film's opening.
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Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough Blasts Conservative ‘Bullies’ For ‘Destroying’ GOP: ‘Punch Them In The Face’  —  On Monday, Joe Scarborough took a harsh look at the conservative “racket” The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol described recently in an op-ed. Agreeing with the sentiment, Scarborough criticized …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
UN HOSTS ART DEPICTING PALESTINE AS ALL OF ISRAEL  —  The UN is now hosting in the public entrance hall of its New York headquarters a Palestinian exhibit which includes pieces that artfully depict all of Israel as Palestine.  The display goes hand-in-hand with the logo featured at the top …
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
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.
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, Mediaite, CNN and First Read
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing ‘All The White People’ In His New Movie  —  Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama “Our lord and savior.”  —  While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film …
 
 
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