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9:55 PM ET, December 20, 2012

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?  —  Washington (CNN) - Just over half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country's problems, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid: ‘We Are Not Going to Do Anything’  —  Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his “fiscal cliff” position clear in a press conference today.  “We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.  —  Reid added, “We are not taking up anything they are working on over there.”
Politico:
GOP calls emergency meeting to save ‘Plan B’  —  In a setback for Speaker John Boehner, House Republicans have pulled their fiscal cliff bill known as “Plan B,” because they didn't have enough votes for it to pass.  The bill would have raised taxes on people making more than $1 million a year.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
AFL-CIO to White House: Time to rescind your offer to Boehner  —  I'm not sure it's widely understood just how angry some of the major stakeholders on the left are about the latest turns in the fiscal cliff talks.  The sight of the White House offering more concessions to John Boehner …
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner Calls Off Plan B Vote  —  Boehner issued the following statement as an emergency meeting of the House Republican Conference was ending:
Discussion: Firedoglake
ABCNEWS:
House GOP Puts off Vote on ‘Plan B’  —  Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly scrapped a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:   ‘Plan B’ Vote Postponed In House
Peter Hamby / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress
Discussion: The Fix
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Tax Plan in House Is Pulled, Lacking Votes
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Cut Food Stamps, Obamacare, And Wall Street Oversight In Ill-Fated ‘Plan B’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader Reid rules out Senate vote on ‘Plan B’
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Hot Air
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: House lawmakers' positions on GOP's ‘Plan B’
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Republicans put Obama in a box
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich On Mitt Romney: ‘I Would Have Probably Done Better’ Against Obama … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Gingrich 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Gay Marriage, Newt Gingrich Immigration Reform, Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney, Rnc Review, Romney Media, Politics News
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Lois Romano / Politico:
The disappearing independent  —  As Republicans sift through …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Mountain out of a molehill  —  The poet Carl Sandburg supposedly …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
The Cost of Romney's Government-Assisted Transition: $8.9 Million  —  One of the less scintillating milestones of the 2012 election was marked by the General Services Administration, when Mitt Romney became the first candidate to take advantage of the Presidential Transition Act of 2010.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Chuck Hagel Once Opposed Nominee Because He Was “Openly Aggressively Gay”  —  The man who would be secretary of defense also supported the ban on open military service for gays and lesbians.  —  Image by Ali Jarekji / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Chuck Hagel …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
LGBT Rights Groups Call Hagel's Comments About Gay Nominee “Unacceptable”  —  “Those who are still openly, aggressively anti-gay in 2012 probably won't be able to function very well in Washington,” says the Victory Fund's Dison.  —  Ambassador James Hormel, whom former Senator Chuck Hagel described as “aggressively gay.”
CNN:
Jake Tapper joins CNN as Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent  —  Tapper to Anchor New Weekday Program Beginning in 2013  —  Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC's senior White House correspondent and is a best-selling author …
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David Ford / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Announces New Correspondent Assignments in Washington D.C. Bureau
Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and Politico
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Newtown, Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy for some, anger for others  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — Twenty-six.  Not 27.  —  When many people in Newtown count the victims in last week's massacre, they tally 20 children in Sandy Hook Elementary School, plus six adult faculty and staff members.
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Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
Bloomberg Blasts NRA: ‘Connecticut Is Because of Some of Their Actions’
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
Brian Thompson / nbcnewyork.com:
Cory Booker Will Run for U.S. Senate in 2014: Sources  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year's gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New York.
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Carl Bernstein / Guardian:
Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency |  Carl Bernstein  —  Did the Washington Post and others underplay the story through fear of the News Corp chairman, or simply tin-eared judgment?  —  So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A sad announcement  —  I know I probably shouldn't have done it — especially because yesterday was a snowy day with the temperature here in Colorado dipping well below freezing — but on a whim I took all my guns and ammunition out in a small skiff on one of the nearby lakes and, sad to say …
Discussion: Primordial Slack
David Wagner / The Atlantic Wire:
The 50 Worst Columns of 2012  —  “Punditry is fundamentally useless,” Nate Silver recently declared.  Now we don't think every hack with an inch count and an opinion is all that bad.  But while sifting through opinion fodder every morning to find the day's five best columns …
Discussion: The Agonist
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Liberal Democrats say chained CPI is a deficit deal breaker - almost  —  A deficit-reduction deal that includes cost-of-living cuts for Social Security beneficiaries could cost Democrats the support of House liberals who might be needed to pass the bill, a number of lawmakers warned Thursday.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Steven Greenhouse / Media Decoder:
‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns' Lawsuit  —  Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum wage violations.
 
 
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CBS Detroit:
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Obama's Approval Rating Reaches Highest Point Since 2009
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Choose your own fiscal cliff adventure!
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Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I don't agree with any of my FNC colleagues or anyone else who is a tad bit sarcastic on our air …
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