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1:45 AM ET, December 11, 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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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Two Cheers for Zero Dark Thirty's Torture Scenes  —  One scene features a bloodied, disoriented and humiliated man is strapped to a wall with his pants around his ankles.  A second scene depicts the same man having liquid forcibly poured down his throat; later, he's shoved into a box that could barely hold your stereo.
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves  —  Can a movie that relies on fabrications to generate support for war crimes still be considered great?  —  (updated below)  —  Earlier this year, the film “Zero Dark Thirty”, which purports to dramatize the hunt for and killing …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
BIN LADEN, THE MOVIE
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
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
White House: “Nothing Specific” From Republicans On Revenue In Fiscal Cliff Deal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Maine Public Broadcasting Network / mpbn.net:
Panel Recommends that Maine Prosecutor be Suspended … Assistant Hancock County District Attorney Mary Kellett is being recommended for suspension by a panel of the Maine Board of Bar Overseers.  Created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the board governs the conduct of lawyers.
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
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
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: Post Politics and The Raw Story
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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’
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 and FIRST DRAFT
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 …
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) …
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
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 …
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 …
Robin Marty / RH Reality Check:
Worst Marketing Decision Ever: Drycleaner Puts “Pro-life” Message on Their Hangers  —  There is a branch of anti-choice activists that will use pretty much anything as a medium for their message: newspaper ads, graphic signs displayed in front of schools, bus stop benches.
Yahoo! Finance:
Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension  —  Hostess Brands Inc. said it used wages that were supposed to help fund employee pensions for the company's operations as it sank toward bankruptcy.  —  It isn't clear how many of the Irving, Texas, company's workers were affected by the move …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Discourse.net
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 …
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.
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
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.
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: Via Meadia and Washington Monthly
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Amazing tale of a desperate WWII pilot's encounter with a German flying ace  —  On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
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Maxim Lott / Fox News:
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Emily Deruy / ABCNEWS:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley: Hillary Clinton would make a ‘great’ president — if she runs
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Strauss-Kahn and Hotel Housekeeper Settle Suit Over Alleged Attack
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