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6:15 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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Dan Pfeiffer / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner To Obama: You Name Spending Cuts First  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Tuesday that he was still waiting on the White House to detail what spending cuts President Obama would be willing to make in a potential deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Government Shutdown Watch  —  I wanted to quickly follow up on that Mother of All Government Shutdowns on deck for February(ish).  As noted earlier, the President says he will not allow another round of debt limit hostage taking.  It's been ambiguous to me just what the President means by this.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House drops support for major Medicaid cut
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Voters want soft fiscal cliff landing, but offer no net
Discussion: Business Insider
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Boehner, McConnell urge Obama to name spending cuts
Discussion: Hot Air
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner calls on Obama to ‘get serious’ about spending cuts
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
Ashley Killough / CNN:
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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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.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Philly.com
M. Alex Johnson / U.S. News:
Michigan passes anti-union ‘right to work’ measures over protests of thousands  —  Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET: Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would sharply limit labor rights, passing the first of two measures over the objections of thousands of people packing …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Says Workers Who Don't Like Michigan's Anti-Union Bill ‘Can Get A Job Elsewhere’
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
Antonin Scalia Defends Legal Writings Some View As Offensive, Anti-Gay
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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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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Manu Raju / Politico:
DeMint to sit out 2014 elections at Heritage
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.
Discussion: National Review and Booman Tribune
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Reuters:
U.S. Treasury exits AIG as markets await rebound
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hot Air
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.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
No Need for New Ideas  —  Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina speaking at the 2012 Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Virginia.  —  One way to read Jim DeMint's departure from the Senate is as representative of a split between Tea Party Republicans—who hated Mitt Romney …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Republicans must wise up
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 …
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Sharilyn Johnson / Third Beat:
Jon Stewart almost quit Daily Show over “a**hole” coworkers  —  Late night satire's biggest secrets were revealed live on stage in Montclair, NJ Friday night as Stephen Colbert interviewed Jon Stewart at the Wellmont Theatre, a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival.
Jim Pettit / National Review:
An Embarrassing Metric Disappears  —  As the din of America's falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
 
 
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