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7:45 PM ET, December 22, 2012

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
News Analysis: Still Bitter About Election, Republican Opposition Unwilling to Compromise with President  —  WASHINGTON — If Friday's memorial service for one of this country's long-serving senators was a somber recollection of a bipartisan era that once was, the rest of the day was a frenetic reminder …
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Wall Street Journal:
How ‘Cliff’ Talks Hit the Wall  —  Behind Scenes, Boehner Failed to Sell Republicans on Taxes, While Obama's Spending Plans Rankled  —  WASHINGTON—Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama called Friday for a return to negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP  —  Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.  Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Enough!  —  Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner's already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre's deranged proposal to put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Tax fight sends GOP into chaos  —  Video: Speaker of the House John Boehner says a tax bill did not advance to a vote in the House because it lacked votes.  But he says Republicans still want to negotiate a deal avoiding a big tax hike in 2013 and wants President Obama to get serious.
Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
The incredible shrinking stimulus  —  President Obama's concessions to Republicans on taxes and Social Security have grabbed the headlines, but there's another big area where the White House has shifted considerably in the GOP's direction: direct stimulus to revive the short-term economy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Politico:
Hill GOP cool to Obama overtures
Discussion: CNN
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Case For Going Over The Cliff Remains Strong
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talk radio host Dana Loesch files suit in St. Louis against Breitbart.com  —  • By Robert Patrick rpatrick@post-dispatch.com 314-621-5154  —  ST. LOUIS  • Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday …
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Breitbart.com Star Dana Loesch Sues Site
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Former ‘BigJournalism.com’ star sues Breitbart empire for $75k, demands release from contract
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself  —  President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself.  In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word “my” 21 times, “me” 12 times, and “I” 30 times.  —  Obama's speech discussed how Inouye had gotten him interested in politics.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama to attend Inouye funeral in Hawaii
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
The N.R.A. Crawls From Its Hidey Hole  —  Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, would have been better advised to remain wherever he had been hiding after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, rather than appear at a news conference on Friday.
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
The Myth of Fingerprints  —  One false claim making the rounds about the House Republicans who defeated John Boehner's “Plan B” last night is that they don't understand that higher taxes are inevitable.  A lot of them understand that point perfectly well.  Some of them have been privately advising …
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
D.C. house inspires 168 bids in red-hot real estate market  —  It didn't look like a house anyone would pay $400,000 extra for.  —  Several walls inside the gray townhouse with blue trim were streaked with water stains.  The first floor was noticeably uneven.  And termites had dined in front.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Weekly Standard
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker  —  Man's gas blamed for creating “intolerable” workplace  —  A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log …
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