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1:45 PM ET, December 2, 2012


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Adam Levy / CNN:
Geithner: No deal ‘without rates going up’  —  Washington (CNN) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner drew a line in the sand over taxes in defense of the Obama administration's controversial proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff.  —  In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union …
Greg Clary / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner ‘flabbergasted’ at fiscal cliff proposal  —  (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner painted a bleak picture Sunday when talking about fiscal cliff negotiations between the White House and Republicans.  —  “Right now I would say we're nowhere.  Period.  We're nowhere.
Discussion: The Hill
Talking Points Memo:
McCaskill: ‘I Feel Almost Sorry For John Boehner’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said that she feels “almost sorry” for House Speaker John Boehner during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday, explaining that Boehner is in a tough spot because of the far-right wing of the Republican Party.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Ayotte ‘disappointed’ in initial White House proposal  —  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said Sunday she was “disappointed” with President Obama's proposal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year.  —  “We want to solve this and I think the Speaker earnestly wants to solve it.
Discussion: CNN and Wake up America
Dan Morain / Sacramento Bee:
Billionaire Bloomberg knocks out Joe Baca, adds dynamic to gun politics  —  Joe Baca never saw it coming, and neither did Gloria Negrete McLeod.  —  But as state Sen. Negrete McLeod replaces Baca in Congress, the dueling San Bernardino County Democrats witnessed first hand the beginnings …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Bloomberg Alters Gun Politics  —  The Sacramento Bee looks at how Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), a pro-gun lawmaker, was ousted after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $3.3 million on television and mail attacks against him — three times the sum Baca and challenger Negrete McLeod (D) raised between them.
Associated Press:
Asperger's gone, dyslexia stays in first change to psychiatric manual in almost 20 years  —  CHICAGO — The now familiar term “Asperger's disorder” is being dropped.  And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD.
Discussion: Althouse
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Go To Obama School  —  At Harvard, GOP staffers sit at Axelrod's feet.  “We weren't even running in the same race.”  —  Source: / via: @jmartpolitico  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics …
Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
The Education of Virginia Woolf  —  Born into the highest stratum of the English intellectual aristocracy, Virginia Woolf—whose set included some of the kingdom's most illustrious families, many of its finest writers and painters, its greatest poet, its most brilliant economist—could be an appalling snob.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Jacob Lew, Low-Key Power Broker  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama was locked in painful spending negotiations with House Republicans last spring, his exceedingly meticulous budget director, Jacob J. Lew, went to the Oval Office to propose some complex budget changes.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
One generation got old; one generation got sold  —  I got a kick out of the following letter to the editor of Barron's that seems to be making the rounds: … We baby boomers made more mistakes than any one generation has a right to indulge in.  But at least we managed to avoid electing a radical president.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rogers: ‘Gross negligence’ in handling Benghazi  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there was “gross negligence” in the handling of security for the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  —  “Well, it's very clear to me...that the intelligence was right about the threats …
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Washington set to legalize marijuana use without Justice Department guidance
Ruth Whitehead / Daily Mail:
Muslim Brotherhood 'paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama punts to Congress over repercussions for UN Palestine vote
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Right Wing News
Rafiq Shirzad / Reuters:
Suicide bombers attack U.S. base in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Drone crashes mount at civilian airports
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid