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11:25 AM ET, November 29, 2012


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Inside the talks: Fiscal framework emerges  —  Officials familiar with the White House position say Obama plans zero flexibility on his insistence on a higher tax rate for top earners.  He plans to take what one aide called a “trust but verify” position: He will insist on a higher rate in the year-end deal.
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: We're going over the cliff
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Flexible on Top Tax Rates
Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown  —  In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she'll need for confirmation if she's ever tapped as the next secretary of state.  —  Over the past two days …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points  —  WASHINGTON — Three days after the lethal attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, asked intelligence agencies to write …
Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble With Susan Rice
Discussion: Hot Air and Cognitive Dissidence
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Who changed the Benghazi talking points?
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rice vs. Rice: What changed for John McCain since 2004?
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Incestuous Bleeding of the Republican Party  —  If money is the root of all evil, for the Republican Party evil is located on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314.  —  Strip away the candidate and coalition and it is on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online  —  On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence Deprimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man.  The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots …
Joshua Green / Business Week:
The Science Behind Those Obama Campaign E-Mails  —  One fascination in a presidential race mostly bereft of intrigue was the strange, incessant, and weirdly overfamiliar e-mails that emanated from the Obama campaign.  Anyone who shared an address with the campaign soon started receiving messages …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama campaign: 'There's more to come'
Discussion: Booman Tribune and CNN
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Drive to Unionize Fast-Food Workers Begins  —  After three years of working at the McDonald's restaurant on 51st Street and Broadway, Alterique Hall earns $8 an hour — and is yearning for something better.  —  So when he heard about an unusual campaign that aims to unionize dozens …
Sarah Jaffe / The Atlantic Online:   McJobs Should Pay, Too: It's Time for Fast-Food Workers To Get Living Wages
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Mitt Romney face tattoo man does an about-face  —  Critics of Mitt Romney accused him of being a flip-flopper.  Now one of his die-hard supporters is guilty of the same charge.  —  Eric Hartsburg, the 30-year-old resident of Michigan City, Ind., inked the Romney/Ryan campaign's distinctive …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Mortgage-interest deduction could be on the table in ‘fiscal cliff’ debate  —  Of all the deductions woven into the sprawling U.S. tax code, few have been more fiercely guarded than the enormous tax break that lets homeowners deduct the interest they pay on their mortgages.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Brotherhood delusion  —  The great, acerbic 19th-century satirist Ambrose Bierce defined a revolution as “an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.”  He would understand events in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak very well.  —  In the signature revolution of the Arab Spring …
Discussion: National Review
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Groups call on Obama to veto NDAA over potential Guantanamo restrictions  —  A coalition of advocacy groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday urging him to veto the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act if it in any way restricts the executive branch's ability to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Wall Street Journal:
The Tea Party Goes to War  —  A left-right attempt to treat terror detainees like common criminals.  —  There's a lot to be said for the libertarian approach to government, but the realities of a dangerous world can make its more rigid adherents seem naïve.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Top Romney strategist: Failure to reach out to women, Hispanics biggest mistake  —  Mitt Romney's top political strategist on Thursday said the campaign's failure to reach out to women and Hispanic voters was their biggest mistake.  —  In an interview on CBS's “This Morning,” …
Renesys Events / Internet Events Bulletin:
77 networks out in Syria  —  77 networks experienced an outage in Syria starting at 10:26 UTC on November 29.  This represents 92% of the routed networks in the country.  —  100% of the networks in this event reached the Internet through: Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (AS29386).
Kerry McDermott / Daily Mail:
Girl, 15, ‘beheaded’ in Afghanistan after her family turned down marriage proposal  — Two men have been arrested following the death of the teenage girl in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan  — Victim, named as ‘Gisa’, was beheaded by her cousin after she and her family turned …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Yousaf Butt / Web Edition:
DIY graphic design  —  The diagram leaked to the Associated Press this week is nothing more than either shoddy sources or shoddy science.  In either case, the world can keep calm and carry on.  —  This week the Associated Press reported that unnamed officials “from a country critical …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Dems, Amtrak push back on GOP attacks on rail subsidies  —  Democrats and Amtrak officials pushed back Wednesday against House Republican efforts to eliminate federal subsidies for the national passenger rail service.  —  The venue for the rail funding fracas was a hearing of the House Transportation …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Gary D. Robertson / Associated Press:
McIntyre keeps NC Congress seat after recount  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre reclaimed his longtime southeastern North Carolina congressional seat on Wednesday night, earning a razor-thin victory over his Republican challenger after a machine recount produced hardly any change in the margin.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:   Rouzer concedes House bid after recount in North Carolina race
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Joe Scarborough / Politico:
A quick primer on soaking the rich
Discussion: and Pirate's Cove
ECB Wins Ruling to Deny Access to Secret Greek Swap Files
Discussion: Telegraph and National Review
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
One Running Shoe in the Grave
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Talking Points Memo:
Cutter: Obama Has Mandate To ‘Protect Middle Class’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats, Republicans Diverge on Capitalism, Federal Gov't
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Matthew Day / Telegraph:
Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: GOP Primary Barriers To Entry Were ‘Pretty Damn Low’
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rebbe Grover, Zombie Tax Cuts & the Golem
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Stimulus Likely in 2013
Kathryn Smith / Politico:
Obamacare's many contraception lawsuits
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Angry Bear
The Atlantic Online:
National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Resistance on Method for Curbing Filibuster