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2:00 PM ET, December 12, 2012

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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Almost 50% Republicans on Tax Mandate in Poll  —  President Barack Obama won the public argument over taxes so decisively that almost half of Republicans now say he has an election mandate to raise rates on the rich.  —  Majorities of about 2-to-1 also read the election results …
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Keith Hennessey:
A third option changes the negotiation  —  The conventional wisdom on the fiscal cliff is that there are two options: (1) an Obama-Boehner deal; or (2) no deal, in which case there is no legislation before the end of the year and we “go off the fiscal cliff.”
New York Times:
Questions on Whether Boehner Could Sell a Deal to G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — With negotiations quickening on Tuesday to prevent a year-end fiscal crisis, White House officials once again are confronting a vexing question: Can Speaker John A. Boehner deliver enough Republican votes …
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.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell: Obama Wins The Tax Fight — Now On To The Debt Limit  —  The top Republican in the Senate acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama has the upper hand in the debate about income tax rates on high income Americans.  And he became the highest ranking GOP official to assert …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Van Hollen: Boehner May Be Waiting Till After He's Re-Elected Speaker To Cut Budget Deal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Budget Chief Accuses Boehner Of Stalling Fiscal Cliff Deal To Protect Speakership
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Jimmy Hoffa's Personal and Hypocritical Class War  —  Yesterday Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa called for a civil war in Michigan over new right-to-work legislation that allows workers to decide whether or not they want to join a labor union.  The Teamsters' official Twitter account …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Political Advantages of Not Caring
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mother Jones
Politico:
Labor's plan to fight back
Discussion: Washington Post and First Read
Karen Bouffard / detroitnews.com:
Battles over right-to-work laws may have just begun
Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Jimmy Hoffa: ‘Civil war’ looms in Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air, CNNMoney.com and The Week
Max Read / Gawker:
Do We Really Have to Condemn the Union Protestor Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder?  —  Good, serious progressives are supposed to condemn violence as a political tactic, because it's wrong and in many cases counterproductive.  But do we really need to condemn the union protestor …
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emptywheel:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
UNION THUG Who Sucker Punched Steven Crowder ID'ed - He's a Grand Rapids IBEW Member ...Update: Second Goon Identified
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
Lie of the Year: the Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China  —  It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China.  It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood.
norad.mil:
NORAD acknowledges missile launch  —  PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST. The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth.
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Velvet Hammer / Ironic Surrealism:
Union Thugs Demolish Clint Tarver's Iconic Lansing,Michigan Hot Dog Cart [Photo-Donation Link] Update: Thugs Yelled “N*gger Uncle Tom” Update 2: Revenge For Americans For Prosperity Cattering Gig (?)  —  I support Clint: … Beyond the Cart: The Story of Clint Tarver: … DONATE HERE
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in October suggests that economic activity and employment have continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months, apart from weather-related disruptions.  Although the unemployment rate …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republican Leadership Denies Asking For Permanent Extension Of Lower Tax Rates For Rich  —  “That's deliberately misleading White House spin,” says Buck.  —  Image by Carolyn Kaster, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner is denying a reported White House claim …
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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Obama Sunday swearing-in to get press coverage
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Top Executives End Opposition to Higher Taxes
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: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
John Tierney / New York Times:
Time and Punishment: Mandatory Sentences Face Growing Skepticism  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola.  She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McConnell: Only thing left on the negotiating table ‘is the varnish’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said President Obama has taken so much off the table in deficit negotiations that the “only thing left is the varnish.”  —  “The president and his allies have taken …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in recent days, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.  —  The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting …
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Eric Holder: Time To Consider National Voting Standards  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said during a speech on Tuesday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library that it's time to consider setting national standards for how elections should be handled.
Interview / National Review:
The RNC's Fix-It Committee  —  Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to NRO yesterday morning about the committee's new Growth and Opportunity Project, which is led by a five-member panel that will review the operations and strategies of the RNC and Republican party as a whole.
 
 
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