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10:40 AM ET, December 30, 2012

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Washington Post:
Senators trade proposals into night to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’  —  Senate negotiators labored late into Saturday over a last-ditch plan to avert the “fiscal cliff,” struggling to resolve key differences over how many wealthy households should face higher income taxes in the new year and how to tax inherited estates.
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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.)
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Congress, federal workers to get raise
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Politico:
GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Politico:
Sunday showdown: Reid, McConnell try for small deal
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Power Line
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Newtown Task Force Returns Biden to Gun Control Arena  —  WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, “This is my baby.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Right Wing News
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.
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
Pat Buchanan / Townhall.com:
Why the War Party Fears Hagel  —  In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.  —  Who is Chuck Hagel?  —  Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work …
Discussion: Power Line, PJ Media and Israel Matzav
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rebuffs feds' secret arguments on no-fly list  —  A federal judge in California has rejected the Obama administration's effort to use secret arguments and evidence to defeat a lawsuit relating to the so-called no-fly list designed to keep suspected terrorists off of airline flights.
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.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Helen Pow / Daily Mail:
Obama picks his favourite photos of himself for 2012 (not that he likes to show off)  —  What with a Presidential election, two severe hurricanes, multiple mass shootings and a fiscal cliff, it has been a busy year for Barack Obama.  —  But at every twist and turn, his decisions …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Paul Krugman:
On the Economics and Politics of Deficits  —  Evan Soltas of Wonkblog and Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider both make the same point, in more detail, that I tried to make in my series on ONE TRILLION DOLLARS: the current budget deficit is overwhelmingly the result of the depressed economy …
 
 
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Jon Entine / Forbes:
Obama's Science Commitment, FDA Face Ethics Scrutiny in Wake of GMO Salmon Fiasco
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
When Getting Your Butt Kicked Is the Strategy
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