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11:50 AM ET, December 13, 2012

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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Corker introduces bill trading nearly $1T in entitlement cuts for debt-ceiling hike  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill Wednesday to trade nearly $1 trillion in entitlement savings for an equal hike in the debt ceiling.  —  Corker said the Dollar For Dollar Act would include $937 billion …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge  —  If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead.  If, however, you harbor the antisocial desire — stigmatized as such by America's judgmental tax code …
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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 …
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Politico:
Joe Biden waits on sidelines
Reuters:
Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions  —  (Reuters) - As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.
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Washington Post:
Groups vow to push ‘right to work’ in other states
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman's sad send-off  —  It was a lonely farewell for Joe Lieberman.  —  When the senior senator from Connecticut stood to give his parting address Wednesday afternoon, just one of his colleagues, Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, was with him on the Senate floor.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Merkley Circulates ‘Talking Filibuster’ Reform Proposal … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  U.S. Senate, U.S. Senate, Video, Jeff Merkley, Jeff Merkley Talking Filibuster, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Harry Reid Filibuster, Harry Reid Filibuster Reform, Jeff Merkley Filibuster Reform …
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Andrew Shain / The State:
SC governor: Experience not required for DeMint's Senate seat  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that political experience is not a requirement for the successor to resigning U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.  —  Haley will name that successor, and two of the governor's five reported finalists …
Michael Kinsley / Bloomberg:
The Conservative Case for Right-to-Work Laws  —  The enactment of a so-called right- to-work law by the state of Michigan this week is indeed, as the news media have described it, a blow against the union movement.  Michigan, of all places.  But it is also a blow against fairness and common sense.
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
‘The a—hole factor’  —  Back-bench freshmen Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp and David Schweikert are gaining martyr status among conservative activists after they were “purged” from House committees for what they say is a matter of sticking to their principles on tough votes.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes up to 20%  —  In filings with state regulators, Blue Shield is seeking an average rate increase of 12% for more than 300,000 customers.  Consumer advocates say the firm should use its reserves to hold down rates.  —  Health insurer Blue Shield …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
President Obama's pledge to close Gitmo in second term faces difficult test  —  President Obama's commitment to closing the Guantánamo Bay prison in his second term is being tested before Inauguration Day after the Senate passed an open-ended ban on transferring Guantánamo detainees to the United States.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Where big GOP bucks could matter  —  Mitt Romney and the GOP lost, but it wasn't for lack of money.  They spent a lot; they just didn't get enough bang for the buck.  —  Billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone donated $150 million.  But Romney lost anyway, especially among unmarried women.
Discussion: Hot Air
Capital Flows / Forbes:
Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire  —  Harvard University should be no stranger to satire.  Home of the famous Harvard Lampoon, ("lampoon" means satire), the school is indirectly responsible for modern exercises in satire and parody like National Lampoon's Vacation …
Discussion: Althouse
Ben Geman / The Hill:
GOP's Solyndra point man says Romney dropped ball  —  Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), the lead GOP investigator of the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, said failed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney should have done more to capitalize on the collapse of the White House-backed panel manufacturer.
Telegraph:
Google's tax avoidance is called ‘capitalism’, says chairman Eric Schmidt  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt has insisted that he is “very proud” of the company's tax structure, and said that measures to lower its payments were just “capitalism”.  —  Mr Schmidt's comments risk inflaming the row …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens  —  Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal.  Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.
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 …
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
LANSING UNION ATTACK VICTIM: ASSAILANT WORE GUY FAWKES-LIKE ‘DEVIL MASK’  —  Local Lansing Michigan hot dog vendor Clint Tarver was catering for Americans For Prosperity during the right-to-work demonstrations at the State Capitol on Tuesday, when two men rushed into the tent.
New York Times:
Solar Panels for Every Home  —  WE don't think much about pitch pine poles until storms like Hurricane Sandy litter our landscape with their splintered corpses and arcing power lines.  Crews from as far away as California and Quebec have worked feverishly to repair or replace those poles …
Discussion: DealBook
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?
 
 
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Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
RPT-Right to work law may put Michigan back on the business map
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