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3:50 PM ET, December 12, 2012

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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Political Advantages of Not Caring  —  Near the end of a column on the Michigan “right-to-work” coup, Jonathan Chait offers an important insight on why Republicans are willing and able to pull these sort of stunts: … It's kind of important to understand that this total hostility to the labor movement …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mother Jones
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Politico:
Labor's plan to fight back
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and First Read
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:   Jimmy Hoffa's Personal and Hypocritical Class War
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: CNNMoney.com, Hot Air and The Week
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.”
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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 …
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Budget Chief Accuses Boehner Of Stalling Fiscal Cliff Deal To Protect Speakership
Discussion: Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Amash: Boehner won't receive ‘much welcome’ in my district
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Post Politics
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
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Two-thirds support balanced deficit deal  —  As the Obama White House and Congress negotiate to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they favor a balanced deal to reduce the deficit — consisting of both higher tax rates and cuts to key entitlement programs.
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McConnell: Only thing left on the negotiating table ‘is the varnish’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republican Leadership Denies Asking For Permanent Extension Of Lower Tax Rates For Rich
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Will Sommer / City Desk:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Guilty of Beating Up His Girlfriend in Columbia Heights  —  Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year.  First, undercover video operative James O'Keefe caught him on tape half-heartedly discussing how to commit voter fraud …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 Catering Gig (?) Update 3: A Romney Supporter, All We Need To Know  —  I support Clint: … Beyond the Cart: The Story of Clint Tarver:
Discussion: Nice Deb and The PJ Tatler
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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.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham Compares Marriage Equality Debate To The Civil War  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) waffled on his same-sex marriage stance Tuesday night, telling CNN's Piers Morgan he thinks states should have the right to decide marriage rights.  —  This is a departure from Graham's longstanding commitment …
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Jonathan Rauch / The New Republic:
How Can the Supreme Court Help Gay Rights? By Keeping Out Entirely
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Dish
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Key David Cameron aide Craig Oliver threatens Telegraph over Leveson  —  David Cameron's director of communications warned the Daily Telegraph that Maria Miller was “looking at Leveson” after being asked questions about her expense claims.  —  In a phone call to the editor of this newspaper …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC, more at Mediagazer »
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Telegraph:
The minister and a warning to The Telegraph before expenses story
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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Samuel W. Lessin / Facebook Newsroom:
Better Controls for Managing Your Content  —  We believe that the better you understand who can see the things you share, the better your experience on Facebook can be.  —  Today's updates include Privacy Shortcuts, an easier-to-use Activity Log, and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you're tagged in.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Jimmy Carter: 'I think it's OK' to legalize marijuana  —  Former President Jimmy Carter said that he favored legalizing marijuana during a panel discussion broadcast on CNN Tuesday.  —  “I'm in favor of it.  I think it's OK,” Carter said at the forum, which was taped Friday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:   New marijuana laws cause confusion
Polling Analysis / Resurgent Republic:
The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans  —  Resurgent Republic and the Hispanic Leadership Network jointly surveyed Hispanics who voted in the 2012 Presidential election in four critical states: Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.  The results make clear the size …
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.
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Snyder Didn't Want to Sign Right-to-Work Legislation Until He Signed It
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