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11:25 AM ET, December 31, 2012

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Politico:
Fiscal cliff: Major progress toward deal  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Grover Norquist: Tax rates won't increase  —  Grover Norquist on Monday expressed confidence that any last-minute fiscal cliff deal would not hike tax rates.  —  “I'm working with all the folks who are trying to defend taxpayers here in Congress,” he said on CNN's “Starting Point.”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
With no deal in hand, lawmakers spend New Year's Eve on the cliff  —  Senate leaders are racing against the clock to reach a “fiscal cliff” deal the House and Senate can approve on New Year's Eve.  —  Leaders in the upper chamber narrowed their differences Sunday as Republicans agreed to drop …
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Sticking points in fiscal cliff talks
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff: GOP Gives In On Social Security Cuts In Stalled Talks (UPDATE)
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Roll Call and The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Congress Meets Cliff's Edge
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP senators backing away from Social Security demand
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BuzzFeed:
8 People Who Thought Hillary Clinton Was Faking Her Concussion  —  The Secretary of State was hospitalized Sunday night with a blood clot.  —  Former U.S. U.N. spokesman Richard Grenell  —  Via: @RichardGrenell  —  The New York Post  —  Via: nypost.com
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012  —  Clinton has been Most Admired more than any other woman in Gallup's history  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans again this year name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living in any part of the world.
Matthew Lee / bigstory.ap.org:
HILLARY CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH BLOOD CLOT  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
What's Happening to Hillary?  Only a clod would say the clot is a plot!  —  Here are Senators Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein, interviewed by Chris Wallace (yesterday, on “Fox News Sunday"): … With all that assurance that Hillary Clinton would testify, later that day …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized in New York on Sunday after doctors monitoring her recovery from a concussion discovered a blood clot, according to a statement from her office.  —  The statement said that …
Discussion: Truthdig
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Clinton Admitted to Hospital With Blood Clot
Discussion: The Week and USA Today
NBC Politics:
Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot
Louis Michael Seidman / New York Times:
Let's Give Up on the Constitution  —  AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken.  But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The Republican Party in one tweet  —  This is pretty much the Republican Party in one tweet:  —  Today's Republican Party thinks the key problem America faces is out-of-control entitlement spending.  But cutting entitlement spending is unpopular and the GOP's coalition relies heavily on seniors.
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Joshua Green / Business Week:
On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Are Blowing a Great Deal
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Mahablog
New York Post:
Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weapons, bombmaking explosives: sources  —  The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Brewing Up Confusion  —  Howard Schultz, the C.E.O. of Starbucks, has a reputation as a good guy, a man who supports worthy causes.  And he presumably thought he would add to that reputation when he posted an open letter urging his employees to promote fiscal bipartisanship by writing “Come together” on coffee cups.
presstv.ir:
Militants can marry Syrian women: Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia  —  A hard-line Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia has recently issued a special religious decree that permits the militants in Syria to engage in short-term marriages with Syrian women.  —  Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Fox News:
Death of Tea Party appears exaggerated, members in House appear to hold key fiscal vote
Frank Bass / Bloomberg:
U.S. on Pace for Slowest Decade of Population Growth Since 1930s
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Wall Street Journal:
The Elephant in the Courtroom  —  The Big Top beats an abusive lawsuit by the ASPCA.
Iain Duncan Smith / Telegraph:
We've brought back fairness to welfare
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Nick Fagge / Daily Mail:
Syria rebels ‘beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs’ as fears grow over Islamist atrocities
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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Our Pathetic Congress  —  Surprised that our lame-duck representatives …
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Obama Pledges To Push For Gun Control Measures If 'American People Decide It's Important'
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Unthinkable Cuts Almost a Reality
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