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10:10 AM ET, December 11, 2012

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Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House drops support for major Medicaid cut  —  The Obama administration backed away Monday from roughly $100 billion in Medicaid savings it had proposed during deficit-reduction talks earlier this year.  —  The move comes as liberals have pressed the White House to take Medicaid off …
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Wall Street Journal:
Cliff Talks Progress Between Obama, Boehner  —  WASHINGTON—Budget negotiations between the White House and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have progressed steadily in recent days, people close to the process said, breathing life into talks that appeared to have stalled.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More Americans Want Leaders to Compromise on Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: CNN
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 - Update II [Tues.])  —  Earlier this year, the film “Zero Dark Thirty”, which purports to dramatize the hunt …
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.
Kerry Picket / BREITBART.COM:
NO SHOTS FIRED: STATE DEPT BENGHAZI SECURITY FORCE UNARMED  —  A source with personal knowledge of the security situation in Benghazi told Breitbart News that Senators who listened to closed door testimony about the Benghazi attack were shocked to learn State Department security personnel agents were not immediately armed.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
“Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Republicans must wise up  —  The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics.  It is unpopular ideas.  —  This reality was brought home in last month's election.  It's playing out in the struggle over how to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, MI  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Redford!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Michigan.  (Applause.)  How is everybody doing today?  (Applause.)  —  Now, let me just start off by saying we have something in common — both our teams lost yesterday.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Talks, House Majority Weighs Loyalty to Voters  —  WASHINGTON — As their leaders inch toward agreeing to higher tax rates, dozens of House Republicans find themselves caught between the will of a larger American public that favors higher taxes on the rich and the wishes of constituents …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo  —  Turmoil in Egypt isn't stopping a shipment of 20 F-16 fighter jets, including this one - already emblazoned with Egypt's flag.  —  Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Morsi's Opponents Describe Abuse by President's Allies
Grace-Marie Turner / Forbes:
A Resistance Movement Rises Against ObamaCare  —  This article appears in the December 24, 2012 issue of Forbes.  —  (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)  —  ObamaCare may be the law, but a major resistance movement has already sprouted across the U.S. Though approval …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
INFOGRAPHIC: We Could End Homelessness With The Money Americans Spend On Christmas Decorations  —  The latest annual report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that the national homeless population held steady from 2011 to 2012, hardly good news but perhaps better …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and New York Times
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Sens. Klobuchar, Hagan: Delay medical device tax  —  Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) on Monday sought to delay a new tax on medical devices, which is part of President Obama's signature healthcare law.  —  The senators — both from states where the device industry …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
GOP mute as Supreme Court tackles gay marriage  —  House Republican leaders had a uniform response to the Supreme Court's decision to take up gay marriage: Silence.  —  The high court's decision last week to hear two cases relating to same-sex marriage puts that issue at the center of the national debate.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Towleroad News #gay
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman case: Hearing today on GPS, evidence motions  —  Zimmerman, charged with murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, wants to be let off GPS monitoring.  —  George Zimmerman, left, arrives at the Seminole County courthouse for a hearing, Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
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.
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) …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Colorado.gov:
Gov. Hickenlooper signs Amendment 64 proclamation, creates task force to recommend needed legislative actions  —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64.  That declaration formalizes the amendment as part …
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 …
 
 
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Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Time To Start Planning For After We Go Over The Cliff (AWGOC)
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Amazing tale of a desperate WWII pilot's encounter with a German flying ace
Discussion: Power Line
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels
Emily Deruy / ABCNEWS:
Latinos Favor Tax Increases for Wealthy to Solve Fiscal Cliff
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Tom Price won't challenge Boehner
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President
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