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5:25 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.
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 and The Gateway Pundit
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCaskill feels ‘sorry’ for Boehner's hand in deficit negotiations  —  Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) said on Sunday that she feels “sorry” for Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) hand going into talks on the “fiscal cliff.”  —  McCaskill (D-Mo.) told “Meet the Press” …
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Ayotte ‘disappointed’ in initial White House proposal
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
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 …
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.
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
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
More Babies, Please  —  IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition.
Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Raising Debt Limit Will Always Come With Cuts, Reforms  —  Congress is never going to give up this power.  I've made it clear to the president that every time we get to the debt limit, we need cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama hits the links with Bill Clinton  —  JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.— President Obama and former President Bill Clinton hit the golf course on Sunday.  —  Obama is playing his round at Maryland's Joint Base Andrews and it is the third presidential golf outing here since the Nov. 6 elections …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
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Elie Leshem / The Times of Israel:
If Iran tries to attack, Israel will reportedly target its missiles before they get off the ground
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Washington set to legalize marijuana use without Justice Department guidance
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rogers: ‘Gross negligence’ in handling Benghazi
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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
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
One generation got old; one generation got sold
Discussion: The Agonist