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9:05 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
Politico:
Sunday showdown: Reid, McConnell try for small deal  —  Senate leaders are headed into a critical Sunday session of Congress with a singular mission to avoid historic tax hikes, setting the stage for a high-wire final act of fiscal cliff negotiating just two days before the country is hit with a series of tough austerity measures.
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Gives Republicans A Tough Ultimatum On Taxes
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell working on fiscal cliff deal after meeting Obama
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.
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.”
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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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.
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 …
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.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Laws Are for Little People  —  A week ago on NBC's Meet the Press, David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine.  To most media experts, a “high-capacity magazine” means an ad-stuffed double issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts.
 
 
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Colleen Curtis / White House.gov Blog:
A Digital Milestone in 2012: 100,000,000 Video Views
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CNN:
Former President George H.W. Bush no longer in intensive care
Discussion: Associated Press and Gawker
Tom Bell / Portland Press-Herald:
Gay marriage legal; joyous couples begin marrying
Associated Press:
The FBI's secret file on Marilyn Monroe: Document that shows agency kept track of intimate details about actress
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