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10:10 PM ET, December 12, 2012

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Dana Bash / CNN:
Dem. source: GOP calling for permanent extension of cuts for wealthiest 2%  —  Washington (CNN) - One of the reasons Tuesday night's conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner did not go well was because the GOP House speaker sent the White House a fiscal cliff proposal calling …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Amash: Boehner won't receive ‘much welcome’ in my district
New York Times:
Questions on Whether Boehner Could Sell a Deal to G.O.P.
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
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 …
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Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Huge news out of the Federal Reserve  —  Federal Reserve policymakers unveiled a huge surprise this afternoon.  The central bank has now laid out specific numbers for the inflation and unemployment rates that will lead it to start thinking about raising interest rates.
The Atlantic Online:   The Cliff Hangs on the Fed: Why Ben Bernanke Controls the Economy's Fate
Mark Thoma / CBS News:
Fed shifts approach in how it gauges U.S. economy
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Extremely Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Ties Rates to Joblessness, With Target of 6.5%
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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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Republican Bait-and-Switch  —  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder opens the Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.  —  One striking thing about Governor Rick Snyder's successful push for a right-to-work law in Michigan—and Scott Walker's similar push against public employee unions …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Snyder Didn't Want to Sign Right-to-Work Legislation Until He Signed It
Discussion: The Fix, The Week and Post Politics
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Pollster: Republicans Have ‘Run Out Of’ White Voters  —  Republicans need to dramatically improve their standing with Latino voters or risk becoming a “regional party” of disaffected whites, according to a study released Wednesday by a GOP pollster.  —  “Republicans have run …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Polling Analysis / Resurgent Republic:
The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans
Will Sommer / City Desk:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Guilty of Beating Up His Girlfriend in Columbia Heights  —  Update, 4:30 p.m.: Rep. Moran says his son's incident was an accident, and Patrick Moran's girlfriend blames her injuries on a broken high heel.  —  Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year.
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
GOV'T ARRESTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SENATE INTERN  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned.
ABCNEWS:
Barbara Walters' 2012 “Most Fascinating People”  —  Barbara tells “GMA” how she came up with this year's list.  —  Transcript for Barbara Walters' 2012 “Most Fascinating People”  —  Her husband wants her to.  But she's not sure.  Another person a lot of people talk about for running in 2016 …
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie, One of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
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 …
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's Son Headed for Divorce Court  —  Son Headed for  —  DIVORCE COURT  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Sarah Palin's oldest son has pulled the trigger on his marriage by filing for divorce ... TMZ has learned.  —  Track Palin and his wife, Britta, jointly filed divorce docs in an Alaskan court.
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Can't Propose Spending Cuts  —  Math is hard.  —  “Where are the president's spending cuts?” asks John Boehner.  With Republicans coming to grips with their inability to stop taxes on the rich from rising, the center of the debate has turned to the expenditure side.
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Powerful committee seats rewarded to Dems who survived tough races  —  Politics played a powerful role in Senate Democrats' committee assignments, announced on Wednesday, with many of the Sens.-elect who survived tough races given plum spots in powerful committees as a reward.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Daily Caller
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Scalia blocks the aisle against gay marriage  —  The Supreme Court's announcement Friday that it will take up gay marriage is more than a chance for the justices to recognize the emerging national consensus in support of gay rights.  —  It is a chance for them to overrule the medieval views of Antonin Scalia.
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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
Aaron / Senate Democrats:
Committee Assignments For 113th Congress Approved By Democratic Steering Committee … Reid: Assignments “Will Allow All Members Of Our Caucus To Bring Their Unique Talents And Expertise To Bear As We Work Together To Advance The Interests Of The Middle Class.”
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.
 
 
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