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5:50 AM ET, December 13, 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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First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public wants compromise to avoid fiscal cliff  —  Fiscal cliff talks have stalled as ‘serious differences’ remain between both parties - and according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll the public wants an agreement, soon.  Although both sides are still discussing ways to avoid the fiscal cliff …
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Amash: Boehner won't receive ‘much welcome’ in my district
Mark Murray / First Read:   NBC/WSJ poll: Two-thirds support balanced deficit deal
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
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Standing and Delivering  —  Is it heretical of me, or merely quirky, to find myself nearly as fascinated by the procedural game the Supreme Court is playing in the same-sex marriage cases as I am by the underlying merits of the two appeals the court has agreed to decide?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Scalia blocks the aisle against gay marriage
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
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie, One of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012  —  Chris Christie, New Jersey's bombastic governor, found himself literally in the eye of the storm when two of this year's biggest news stories — the presidential election and superstorm Sandy — collided.
Discussion: Gothamist
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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 and Crooked Timber
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Polling Analysis / Resurgent Republic:
The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans
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
U.S. Census Bureau News:
U.S. Census Bureau Projections Show a Slower Growing, Older, More Diverse Nation a Half Century from Now  —  The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
A new play, an old problem of media bias  —  Roger L. Simon, former Hollywood screenwriter and now CEO of the conservative PJ Media, and his wife, Sheryl Longin, have written a new play with an unlikely subject, the journalist fraud perpetrated by Walter Duranty of the New York Times …
Discussion: alicublog and The PJ Tatler
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.
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.
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Loud-Ass TV Ads Are About to Be Outlawed  —  Listen up, TV advertisers: Big Brother is muting you!  Well, not entirely.  But beginning at midnight tonight, new Federal Communications Commission rules will bar television networks from blasting viewers with those excessively loud, screamy commercial breaks.
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.
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.”
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 …
Politico:
Joe L. Allbritton dies at 87  —  Joe L. Allbritton, who vaulted from modest means as a young man in post-World War II Texas to become one of the most influential media and financial figures of his generation, died Wednesday in Houston after several months of ill health.  He was 87.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
The Atlantic Online:
The Cliff Hangs on the Fed: Why Ben Bernanke Controls the Economy's Fate  —  The liberal nightmare about the fiscal cliff is overwrought, since the Fed has the power to avert disaster.  If Bernanke acts properly, Congress could cut spending deeply without risking a recession.  —  Reuters
Discussion: TheMoneyIllusion and Telegraph
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Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
Extremely Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
 
 
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RPT-Right to work law may put Michigan back on the business map
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Wall Street Journal:
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry: Banning Abortion Is ‘My Goal’
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Powerful committee seats rewarded to Dems who survived tough races
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When Right-To-Work Is Wrong and Un-Libertarian
Don Walker / JSOnline:
Walker says ending same-day registration too costly
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