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7:15 PM ET, December 29, 2012

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How the fiscal cliff fight will end (unhappily for Republicans) … The word among some Senate Republicans is that a fiscal cliff deal is likely to be struck by Sunday, or Monday at the latest.  (And Monday, being December 31st, is in fact the latest a deal could be struck to avoid January 1 tax increases.)
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Politico:
GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House  —  It's a truth that fire-breathing conservatives will have to handle: John Boehner isn't going anywhere as speaker of the House.  —  Boehner's grip on leadership is no doubt weaker after a faction of his caucus blocked his “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Gives Republicans A Tough Ultimatum On Taxes  —  With the fiscal cliff rapidly approaching, President Obama was unflinching in his tax stance on Friday, threatening to use his leverage to force Republicans into an unenviable position if they fail to agree to a deal in time.
Politico:
Fiscal cliff talks go behind closed doors  —  Negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis continued Saturday, with talks focusing on taxes and spending cuts, but there are no signs yet of a breakthrough, say sources close to the talks.  —  President Barack Obama held an eleventh-hour meeting …
Discussion: Power Line
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Congress, federal workers to get raise  —  Members of Congress will be getting a small pay increase next year.  —  Under an executive order issued by President Obama on Thursday, members of Congress will join federal workers in seeing their pay rise by 0.5 percent after March 27.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Addicting Info
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell working on fiscal cliff deal after meeting Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Saint Petersblog
Mary Ellen Godin / Reuters:
Claim seeks $100 million for child survivor of Connecticut school shooting  —  Reuters/Reuters - A U.S. flag hangs over stockings left as a memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, along a fence surrounding the Sandy Hook Cemetery in Newtown, Connecticut December ...more
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
When Getting Your Butt Kicked Is the Strategy  —  Buzzfeed has one of many pieces about anonymous Republicans bemoaning their party's strategic incompetence, this time about the debt ceiling deal.  They report: … Here's what Buzzfeed is missing: For Republicans, losing the political fight isn't a downside of the strategy.
Discussion: National Review and BuzzFeed
Bloomberg:
French Court Says 75% Tax Rate on Rich Is Unconstitutional  —  President Francois Hollande's 75 percent millionaire-tax is unconstitutional because it fails to guarantee taxpayer equality, France's top court ruled today.  —  The tax, one of Hollande's campaign promises …
Discussion: PERRspectives and National Review
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Reuters:
French court rejects 75 percent millionaires' tax
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Althouse
BBC:
French 75% income tax struck down by constitutional council
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Wishful Thinking and Middle-Class Taxes  —  IN the continuing fiscal negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans, both sides have, from the very beginning, agreed on one point: Taxes on the middle class must not rise.  But maybe it's time to reconsider this premise.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
There's Only One Way To Fix The Deficit — And Actually It's Totally Painless  —  People who insist that the US has a gigantic “spending problem” are ignorant of what really drives the deficit and the national debt, as Henry Blodget easily demonstrated in a series of charts.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push  —  A 31-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with a hate crime in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of an elevated subway station in Queens and crushed by an oncoming train.
Jerusalem Post:
Egypt to pursue relationship with Hezbollah  —  In shift from Mubarak-era policy, Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon says Brotherhood-dominated Egypt will engage terror group.  —  In a dramatic policy shift, Egypt will seek to forge “tight” relations with Hezbollah, Egyptian Ambassador …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Dick Armey Defends His $8 Million Deal to Leave FreedomWorks  —  Former House majority leader Dick Armey says he took an $8 million consulting deal in return for leaving the conservative organization FreedomWorks because the group was “dishonest” and because he “couldn't leave with empty pockets.”
 
 
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