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9:30 PM ET, December 11, 2012

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Tom Cohen / CNN:
Angry with Obama, GOP threatens political war next year  —  Washington (CNN) — They are losing the battle over higher taxes on the wealthy, so now Republicans are threatening a political war next year when it comes time to raise the nation's debt ceiling.  —  With cracks appearing …
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Politico:
Fiscal cliff: GOP makes another counteroffer  —  House Republicans say they have sent President Barack Obama a fresh proposal that would “achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs.”  —  “As the speaker said today …
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Remembering Who You Are Dealing With  —  At TNR, Noam Scheiber objects to the widespread assumption that allowing a plunge over the “fiscal cliff” would be a tactical victory but a strategic defeat for Barack Obama.  Yes, he concedes, there is some risk of economic repercussions …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The New Republic
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Expects GOP Tax Cave  —  As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year.  —  “I'm pretty confident that Republicans …
Dan Pfeiffer / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner To Obama: You Name Spending Cuts First
Discussion: The Plum Line
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House drops support for major Medicaid cut
Wall Street Journal:
Boehner, Obama Exchange New Cliff Proposals
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner Gives Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer To White House
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ashley Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Hoffa predicts ‘civil war’ in Michigan  —  (CNN) - Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into “civil war” after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions' power.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: A way out for labor in Michigan?  —  Today, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign “right to work” legislation in Michigan.  Obviously, this will constitute a hard blow to organized labor, for a host of reasons, symbolic and practical alike.
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
New laws will make Michigan 24th “right-to-work” state  —  (Reuters) - Michigan legislators on Tuesday approved laws that ban mandatory membership in public and private sector unions, dealing a stunning blow to organized labor in the home of the U.S. auto industry.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House declines to condemn union violence in Michigan
Associated Press:
Michigan Legislature gives final approval to right-to-work limiting unions, sends to governor
Discussion: Guardian
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO GUZZLE ANTIFREEZE, POINT OF NO RETURN EDITION  —  One of my primary criticisms of Tiger Beat On The Potomac has been that the entire enterprise has been dedicated totally to gossip, triviality, and Drudge-baiting to the exclusion of what's actually …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Politico Accidentally Exposes Beltway Elite
Discussion: Paul Krugman and American Prospect
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat  —  Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has whittled down the list of people she is considering for Jim DeMint's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat to five people, a Republican close to the governor told CNN on Tuesday.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Haley trails Sheheen, Graham getting stronger
Manu Raju / Politico:
DeMint to sit out 2014 elections at Heritage
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Nikki Haley's short list includes Tim Scott, Jenny Sanford
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Justice Scalia Defends Comparing Homosexuality To Murder … In a Princeton University speech Monday, Justice Antonin Scalia defended his opposition to LGBT equality and his previous comments equating homosexuality with murder and bestiality.  —  When asked by openly gay Princeton freshman Duncan Hosie …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Justice Scalia defends comparing laws against homosexuality, murder  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia equated homosexuality and murder on Monday as he argued at a Princeton seminar that elected bodies should be allowed to regulate actions they see as immoral.
Dana / The Dana Show:
Donors offers $$$ For Info Leading To Arrest Of Union Thug **UPDATED BELOW  —  **DONATION LINK HERE**  —  This is the guy who attacked DLRS contributor Steven Crowder:  —  Here is the video:  —  An anonymous donor has offered $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of this thug.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
UNION THUG Who Beat Steven Crowder ID'ed - His Name Is Tony Cummings (Video)
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Hillary Clinton Would Be Strong in 2016 (It's Not Her Favorability Ratings)  —  Let's start by stating the obvious: Hillary Rodham Clinton would be a formidable presidential candidate in 2016.  —  Mrs. Clinton's credentials as secretary of state, as a United States senator …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McConnell highly unpopular  —  Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the country.  Only 37% of Kentucky voters approve of him to 55% disapprove.  Both in terms of raw disapproval (55%) and net approval (-18) McConnell has the worst numbers of any of his peers, taking that mantle from Nebraska's Ben Nelson.
Wall Street Journal:
End of a Bailout: U.S. Sells Last AIG Shares  —  WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department said it would generate $7.6 billion in proceeds from its sale of American International Group Inc.shares, as it sells nearly all its remaining holdings in the insurer it helped rescue at the height of the financial crisis.
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Reuters:
U.S. Treasury exits AIG as markets await rebound
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
John Stephens / The Huffington Post:
Scott Tranter, Republican Consultant: Voter ID And Long Lines Help Our Side … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Republican Party, Elections 2012, Republicans, Video, HuffPost Live, Voting Laws, Voting Rights, Florida Voter Purge, Pennsylvania Voter Id, Republican-Voter-Id, Scott Tranter, Voter ID …
emptywheel:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing  —  When I saw this video-claiming that a “violent mob” destroyed the tent the Koch brothers had paid for in front of the Michigan Capitol-I knew right away it was likely a false flag.  After all, Stranahan, James O'Keefe's buddy, first posted it.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
There's Not A Single Spending Cut That Republican Voters Support  —  The “compromise” in the fiscal cliff deal from Democrats is supposed to come in the form of spending cuts.  But a new Marist-McClatchy poll shows that voters — including Republicans — oppose any and every specific spending cut proposed to them.
 
 
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