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12:40 PM ET, December 12, 2012

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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.”
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
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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.
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Budget Chief Accuses Boehner Of Stalling Fiscal Cliff Deal To Protect Speakership  —  “I'm becoming increasingly worried that that's exactly what's going on,” Van Hollen says.  —  Image by Harry E. Walker/MCT  —  WASHINGTON — House Democratic budget chief Chris Van Hollen …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
BuzzFeed:   Republican Leadership Denies Asking For Permanent Extension Of Lower Tax Rates For Rich
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Obama Tops Boehner on Budget Talks, With Much Broader Core Support
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Obama Sunday swearing-in to get press coverage
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Dana / The Dana Show:
Donors offers $$$ For Info Leading To Arrest Of Union Thug **UPDATED ONE THUG 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.
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”  —  I support Clint: … Beyond the Cart: The Story of Clint Tarver: … DONATE HERE  —  Update: Racist, violent, destructive monsters.
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Lorilea Susanne / gofundme.com:
I Support Clint  —  LANSING, MI Accidents & Personal Crisis  —  About This Page  —  *UPDATE* Thank you all for your amazing display of support!  Because our goal of $2000 was reached by 10am today, and has now (10:48am) been nearly doubled, I have decided to raise it to $5000.
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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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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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kevin Robillard / Reuters:
Jimmy Hoffa: ‘Civil war’ looms in Michigan
Discussion: Hot Air, CNNMoney.com and The Week
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.
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.
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: Firedoglake, Forbes and Prairie Weather
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Reginald Massey / Guardian:
Ravi Shankar obituary  —  Indian virtuoso who took the sitar to the world  —  Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92 in San Diego, was the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map.  George Harrison called him “the godfather of world music” and it was Shankar's vision that brought …
Discussion: The Agonist
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BBC:   India sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies
New York Times:
Top Executives End Opposition to Higher Taxes  —  A broad swath of the nation's leading chief executives dropped its opposition to tax increases on the wealthiest Americans on Tuesday, while the White House quietly pressed Wall Street titans for their support as well.  —  Multimedia
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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.
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Social Networking Popular Across Globe  —  SURVEY REPORT  —  Social networking has spread around the world with remarkable speed.  In countries such as Britain, the United States, Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain, about half of all adults now use Facebook and similar websites.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Poynter
 
 
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