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2:55 PM ET, December 13, 2012

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First Thoughts: GOP goes off the image cliff  —  NBC/WSJ poll: GOP already goes off one cliff — the image cliff... American public: We want compromise... But this also presents dilemma for White House: Does it bend over backwards to achieve compromise, or does it try to make the GOP cry …
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Politico:
Joe Biden waits on sidelines
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: 'I'm not concerned about my job as Speaker' in fiscal talks
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Dems hold the middle ground. GOP is on fringe.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Tries to Contain Defections on Fiscal Unity
Discussion: The Hill and Guardian
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.
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.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Modest Proposal  —  The old adage goes, “Don't get mad, get even.”  For a select few Americans, that principle could be amended to “Don't get mad at your enemies, buy them.”  I have sometimes thought that if I were Charles Koch, instead of trying to influence American politics honestly …
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
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
The Note: Chris Christie, Born to Run  —  THE NOTE If there's one takeaway from Barbara Walters' Chris Christie interview last night it was this: the man is setting up to run for president in 2016.  —  The buzziest example, of course, was his pushback against Walters' question as to whether he was “too heavy” to be president.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Fix and ABCNEWS
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:   Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi
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.
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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Strange Republican Shift on Taxes  —  There's been an odd change in Republican rhetoric in the last few weeks about taxes.  As we all know, for a couple of decades now, particularly since George H.W. Bush went back on his “Read my lips” promise and agreed to a tax increase to bring down the deficit …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Obama Is Really Bargaining For  —  If the GOP caves on taxes …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alex Nussbaum / Bloomberg:
Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums  —  Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act's major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)'s chief executive officer said.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Vodkapundit
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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.
Kelly Conniff / TIME:
And the Winner of TIME's Person of the Year Reader Poll Is...  Kim Jong Un is having a good year.  After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he's solidified his control over the country, appeared on TIME's cover and he was even named …
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.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
ELECTION OVER, ADMINISTRATION UNLEASHES NEW RULES  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — While the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a “regulatory cliff” that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Price: Move on ACA alternatives  —  A Republican doctor on the House Ways and Means Committee encouraged his colleagues Thursday to produce meaningful legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act in the next session of Congress.  —  “It's incumbent upon us to put forward positive …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AEIdeas
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side  —  Record Number Sees Country as More Politically Divided  —  OVERVIEW  —  The Democrats are in a strong position with the public as they engage in negotiations to find a solution to the fiscal cliff crisis.
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech  —  MARRAKECH - I'm in Marrakech, Morocco, attending the fourth meeting of the Friends of Syria gathering.  One international delegation after another is taking to the podium and announcing where its capital stands on the bloodiest conflict to slam …
 
 
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