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11:05 AM ET, December 12, 2012

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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Expects GOP Tax Cave  —  As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year.  —  “I'm pretty confident that Republicans …
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New York Times:
Questions on Whether Boehner Could Sell a Deal to G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — With negotiations quickening on Tuesday to prevent a year-end fiscal crisis, White House officials once again are confronting a vexing question: Can Speaker John A. Boehner deliver enough Republican votes …
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Obama Tops Boehner on Budget Talks, With Much Broader Core Support
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Remembering Who You Are Dealing With  —  At TNR, Noam Scheiber …
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Week:
You have the right to not pay union dues  —  Labor groups should have to convince members that their goods and services are worth the price demanded — and not just take the money and run … The battle between unions and state governments continued this week — just as it has for the last two years …
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Politico:
Labor's plan to fight back
Rev. Al Sharpton / The Huffington Post:
We Have a Right to Fight Back Against Right-to-Work Laws
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
In Michigan, the Republican Will to Power
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Hoffa predicts ‘civil war’ in Michigan
emptywheel:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing  —  When I saw this video-claiming that a “violent mob” destroyed the tent the Koch brothers had paid for in front of the Michigan Capitol-I knew right away it was likely a false flag.  After all, Stranahan, James O'Keefe's buddy, first posted it.
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Dana / The Dana Show:
Donors offers $$$ For Info Leading To Arrest Of Union Thug **UPDATED ONE THUG IDENTIFIED  —  **DONATION LINK HERE**  —  **MORE PHOTOS, VIDEO BELOW**  —  This is the guy who attacked DLRS contributor Steven Crowder:  —  Here is the video:  —  An anonymous donor has offered $1,000 …
Angie Drobnic Holan / PolitiFact:
Lie of the Year: the Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China  —  It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China.  It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood.
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Almost 50% Republicans on Tax Mandate in Poll  —  President Barack Obama won the public argument over taxes so decisively that almost half of Republicans now say he has an election mandate to raise rates on the rich.  —  Majorities of about 2-to-1 also read the election results …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Fiscal Cliff as Harmful to U.S., Own Finances
Discussion: The Fix, ABCNEWS and CNN
Jason Koebler / US News:
Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay  —  Lesbians get it from fathers, gay men from mothers?  —  Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children.  —  A group of scientists suggested Tuesday …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Suggests Raising Medicare Eligibility Age Is On The Table In Fiscal Cliff Talks  —  President Obama didn't rule out raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as part of a comprehensive package to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” during an interview with ABC News on Tuesday.
Discussion: Forbes and Prairie Weather
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Keith Hennessey:
A third option changes the negotiation  —  The conventional wisdom on the fiscal cliff is that there are two options: (1) an Obama-Boehner deal; or (2) no deal, in which case there is no legislation before the end of the year and we “go off the fiscal cliff.”
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
New marijuana laws cause confusion  —  Laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state have exposed a wide disconnect between Congress, the administration and voters on an increasingly controversial issue.  —  The newly enacted laws put President Obama in a tricky spot …
Discussion: Truthdig
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Eric Holder: Time To Consider National Voting Standards  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said during a speech on Tuesday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library that it's time to consider setting national standards for how elections should be handled.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and msnbc.com
Kevin Boyle / NY Daily News:
The fall and rise of Rockaway  —  We are still recovering from superstorm Sandy  —  An American flag stands on a sand hill in the middle of the street on Beach 127th St. as Rockaway residents rebuild and clean their homes from the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy.
Discussion: The Agonist
John Byrne / Chicago Tribune:
Sandi Jackson not resigning council seat … Ald.  Sandi Jackson opted to clarify a few points Tuesday: She won't resign from the Chicago City Council unless “something catastrophic happens,” she's not a candidate to replace her husband in Congress and she's undecided about whether to move back to Chicago permanently from Washington.
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
norad.mil:
NORAD acknowledges missile launch  —  PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST. The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Ron Paul Will Charge $50,000 To Speak  —  The libertarian charges more than Mike Huckabee.  Accepts fiat money.  —  Ron Paul will follow the well-trod path of hitting the paid speaking circuit after his retirement from Congress — and will charge $50,000 per appearance, BuzzFeed has learned.
Discussion: The Hill
John Tierney / New York Times:
Time and Punishment: Mandatory Sentences Face Growing Skepticism  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola.  She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic.
Judicial Watch:
New Army Manual Orders Soldiers Not To Criticize Taliban … Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration's crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Republicans question need for $60.4 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid  —  Republicans argued Tuesday that the Obama administration has not provided enough evidence that its $60.4 billion request in Hurricane Sandy aid is needed.  —  The GOP also argues Senate Democrats are rushing a bill to the floor.
Jenna Bush / CNN:
TRENDING: Former first daughter Jenna Bush pregnant  —  (CNN) - George W. Bush is going to be a grandfather.  —  The former president's daughter Jenna announced Wednesday she was “nervous and so excited” to be expecting her first child, due sometime in the spring of 2013.
Discussion: Politico and This Just In
 
 
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Bloomberg:
On Gay Marriage, the Court Can Go Big and Go Small
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Interview / National Review:
The RNC's Fix-It Committee
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Matthew Brunwasser / New York Times:
Americans Who Helped Free Kosovo Return as Entrepreneurs
battlecreekenquirer.com:
Schauer caught in fracas at Capitol
NTU:
Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and First Read
Dave McKinney / Sun-Times Politics:
Appeals court overturns Illinois concealed carry law in gun rights victory
Reginald Massey / Guardian:
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Installs Record Amount Of Solar So Far In 2012: Analyst Calls It The ‘Opening Act’ For Q4 Boom
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Lesbian Wife Denied Membership To Military Spouses Group
David Weigel / Slate:
Why Peter Peterson and 20 years of anti-deficit campaigns have barely moved the needle.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Justice Scalia Defends Comparing Homosexuality To Murder
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
There's Not A Single Spending Cut That Republican Voters Support