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11:20 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
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
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
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.
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Deport me?  If America won't change its crazy gun laws... I may deport myself says Piers Morgan  —  I have fired guns only once in my life, on a stag party to the Czech capital Prague a few years ago when part of the itinerary included a trip to an indoor shooting range.
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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
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.”
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.
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
Lynn Sweet:
Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois: Sun-Times exclusive  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.
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
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
Discussion: Twitchy and The Hill
CNN:
Former President George H.W. Bush no longer in intensive care
Discussion: 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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