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8:40 AM ET, December 12, 2012

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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
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 …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The GOP's dangerous debt-ceiling gamble  —  The fiscal cliff negotiations have picked up again.  Last week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were hardly talking, and neither were their staffs.  This week, Obama and Boehner are speaking often, and, perhaps more importantly, their staffs are speaking constantly.
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
New York Times:
Questions on Whether Boehner Could Sell a Deal to G.O.P.
Discussion: The Caucus, Politico and The Reaction
Politico:
Fiscal cliff: GOP makes another counteroffer
Discussion: Roll Call, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner Gives Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer To White House
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Dana / The Dana Show:
Donors offers $$$ For Info Leading To Arrest Of Union Thug **UPDATED ONE THUG IDENTIFIED  —  **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 Camargo ...Update: Second Goon Identified  —  The union official who sucker punched Steven Crowder today in Michigan has been identified.  —  His name is Tony.  —  Tony Camargo  —  Union official Tony Camargo goes to work on Steven Crowder's face-
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House declines to condemn union violence in Michigan
The Week:
You have the right to not pay union dues  —  Labor groups should have to convince members that their goods and services are worth the price demanded — and not just take the money and run … The battle between unions and state governments continued this week — just as it has for the last two years …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Michigan Governor Signs Laws Limiting Unions
Discussion: ParaPundit and The Lede
Reuters:
North Korea's new leader burnishes credentials with rocket  —  (Reuters) - North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents.
Discussion: norad.mil, Hot Air and The Verge
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ABCNEWS:
White House: NKorea Launch ‘Highly Provocative’
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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?
New York Times:
Obama Says U.S. Will Recognize Rebels in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Tuesday that the United States would formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative, in an attempt to intensify the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad …
Discussion: The Week and Israpundit
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Jill Dougherty / CNN:   Obama recognizes Syrian opposition coalition
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Recognizes Syrian Opposition Group
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Installs Record Amount Of Solar So Far In 2012: Analyst Calls It The ‘Opening Act’ For Q4 Boom  —  Almost exactly a year ago, during the height of the Solyndra hysteria, Mitt Romney made a rather odd statement about solar.  (Yes, we're still talking about Romney).
Discussion: Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Suggests Raising Medicare Eligibility Age Is On The Table In Fiscal Cliff Talks  —  President Obama didn't rule out raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as part of a comprehensive package to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” during an interview with ABC News on Tuesday.
Discussion: Forbes and Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Jason Koebler / US News:
Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay  —  Lesbians get it from fathers, gay men from mothers?  —  Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children.  —  A group of scientists suggested Tuesday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Weigel / Slate:
Why Peter Peterson and 20 years of anti-deficit campaigns have barely moved the needle.  —  Pete Peterson, chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, at the 2012 Fiscal Summit on May 15 in Washington, D.C.  —  For a few months, the upstarts at The Can Kicks Back tried and failed to go “viral.”
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Lesbian Wife Denied Membership To Military Spouses Group  —  Officer's wife excluded for lacking a military ID card.  The Pentagon's nearly 15-month review on benefits changes after “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” now in the spotlight.  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks at a news conference on Nov. 29, 2012, at the Pentagon.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats urge delay for ‘job-killing’ Obamacare tax  —  Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed.
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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