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2:32 AM ET, December 1, 2012


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Michael Grunwald / TIME:
Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let's All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn't Full of It  —  It's really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama's opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell makes an offer  —  So this afternoon, Mitch McConnell made the most specific “fiscal cliff” offer we've seen thus far from Republicans.  Here it is: … McConnell's offer is this: We'll give you increased revenues via the closing of loopholes — and in exchange …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems try to force vote on extending middle-class tax rates  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday announced Democrats would circulate a discharge petition to force a House vote to extend current tax rates only on annual household income below $250,000.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Takes Aim at Entitlements  —  Senate Minority Leader Calls for Bipartisan Support of Changes to Medicare, Social Security to Get Deal  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined potential changes to Medicare and Social Security in an interview Friday, providing fresh clarity …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Fiscal cliff: John Boehner declares stalemate  —  Speaker John Boehner declared an impasse Friday in negotiations with the White House over avoiding the fiscal cliff that's just 32 days away.  —  “There's a stalemate,” Boehner said at a news conference in the Capitol.  “Let's not kid ourselves.
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, Daily Kos and Shakesville
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Cliff-jumping with Barack
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
No action on same-sex marriage  —  The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage pleas now on the docket.  It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out of the body for research is a process that can be patented.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Court to consider same-sex marriage cases: In Plain English
Guy Benson /
Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?  —  Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of “compromise.”  This morning I outlined three possible contingencies for Republicans, none of which is especially attractive.
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low In Net Worth  —  WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969.  —  According to a recent study …
Ronald D. White / Los Angeles Times:
Small union is causing big problems for ports  —  A strike by about 800 clerical workers is disrupting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and costing them an estimated $1 billion a day.  Above, trucks line up Thursday to enter Pier J at the Port of Long Beach.  (Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times / November 30, 2012)
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Down and Out With Ted Cruz and the GOP  —  As Republicans regroup from electoral disaster, some — including a rising star in the Senate — insist conservatism was not to blame.  —  Associated Press  —  Why did Republicans lose the 2012 election?  Ask Ted Cruz, the newly elected Republican senator from Texas.
Discussion: The National Memo, The Week and ABCNEWS
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ongoing Conservative Delusions
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the Reagan '80s  —  What Is Fair?:  —  BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Alan Hicks divides long days between the insurance business he started in the late 1970s and the barbecue restaurant he opened with his sons three years ago.
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill  —  Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely ...more  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach.  They may not know what's best for them either.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Governor Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Drunks And Children  —  Since President Obama issued an administrative directive allowing some undocumented young immigrants to temporarily remain in the country, states have adopted policies to ensure they have equal work opportunity.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Drawn-Out Crisis—It's the Obama Way  —  The president seems to prefer frustration to good-faith negotiation.  —  The president's inviting Mitt Romney for lunch is a small thing but a brilliant move.  It makes Mr. Obama look big, gracious.  It implies the weakened …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Real Fiscal Problem
Associated Press:
US government releases once-secret Watergate files  —  WASHINGTON — The government on Friday released more than 850 pages of once-secret documents from the Watergate political scandal, providing new insights on privileged legal conversations and prison evaluations of some burglars in the case.
New Jersey Online:
Paulsboro bridge collapse derails train, dumps tank car contents into Mantua Creek  —  PAULSBORO — Four railroad tank cars have been dumped into the Mantua Creek and are leaking vinyl chloride after the train bridge collapsed at about 7 a.m.  —  Ambulances are being sent to the Paulsboro Marine Terminal …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Christie strongly favored for reelection, voters still lukewarm on 2016 bid  —  Chris Christie's the most popular Governor PPP's polled on all year, and he looks pretty safe for reelection next year.  But New Jersey voters still aren't sold on him as a Presidential candidate in 2016.
Associated Press:
NY, NJ, Conn. join forces, seek nearly $83 billion in ‘flexible’ federal aid in Sandy recovery
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Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Ecoterrorism suspect surrenders at Canadian border
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama asks GOP to keep middle-class taxes low for Christmas
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
A Liberal Moment  —  Still hard to believe, I told a friend …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jess Kamen / Politico:
High stakes in Google outcome - Today: House votes on STEM bill - W.H. circulating draft executive …
Ron Fournier /
How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt, and Fatherhood
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Cole: Obama Fiscal Cliff Plan ‘Laughable’
Discussion: Post Politics
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Palestine wins historic upgrade at the UN
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Griffin Wins Seat On Ways And Means Committee, Will Not Seek Higher Office In 2014
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Costco's Dividend Tax Epiphany
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jason K. Stearns / Foreign Policy:
Rwandan Ghosts  —  Benghazi isn't the biggest blight on Susan Rice's record.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Global Hotspot to Worry About
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Peking Duck
Gary Strauss / Detroit Free Press:
New ethanol blend could damage vehicles and void warranties, AAA warns
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pot legalization support hits record high, poll shows
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and CBS News
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
Why Conservatives Must Surrender on ‘Redistribution’
Discussion: Washington Monthly