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12:00 PM 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
Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble With Susan Rice  —  The would-be secretary of state's record on Iran, Israel, human rights and more.  —  Several Republican senators continue to oppose the possible nomination of Susan Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be secretary of state in President Obama's second term.
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 …
Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rice vs. Rice: What changed for John McCain since 2004?
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 …
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 …
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
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).
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Verge
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Today The UN Will Make Arafat Proud and Steal Jewish Heritage  —  Yasser would be so proud!  —  Today the UN is expected to complete the journey it began in November 1974 when it invited a mass-murderer from Egypt to speak in its General Assembly.  At the time Yasser Arafat said he brought …
Discussion: CAMERA Snapshots and Hot Air
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Warren: Churches Are ‘Probably’ Responsible For Negative Attitudes Towards Gays  —  Pastor Rick Warren admitted on CNN on Thursday that Evangelical churches are at least partly responsible for some of the negative attitudes towards gay and lesbian people.
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.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Report: Obama to be in Hawaii as Nation Goes Over the Cliff  —  President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts - and untold consequences for the economy - will kick in if a deal is not reached on the “fiscal cliff.”
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,” …
Jeff Zucker named new president of CNN Worldwide  —  (CNN) — Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January, the network announced Thursday.  —  “Jeff's experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success …
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
VP Biden attends Costco grand opening in DC  —  Vice President Joe Biden attended the grand opening of a Costco in Washington D.C. on Thursday.  —  According to pool reports, Biden flashed his Costco card as he walked in, was met with cheers, and an employee handled his cart as he walked the aisles.
Discussion: CNN
First Read /
First Thoughts: Moving on?  —  After a hard-fought election, President Obama fulfills his promise to engage with Mitt Romney, hosting him for a one-on-one lunch at the White House.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  As Obama and Romney have lunch at 12:30 pm ET, not everyone is moving on from the '12 race …
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Democrats, Republicans Diverge on Capitalism, Federal Gov't  —  Little difference on small business, free enterprise, entrepreneurs  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Exemplifying a major partisan divide in modern politics, Democrats react significantly more positively to the term “federal government” …
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
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Falling for Hamas's media manipulation
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Groups call on Obama to veto NDAA over potential Guantanamo restrictions
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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’
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Kerry McDermott / Daily Mail:
Girl, 15, ‘beheaded’ in Afghanistan after her family turned down marriage proposal
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