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10:45 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 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The GOP's dangerous debt-ceiling gamble  —  The fiscal cliff negotiations have picked up again.  Last week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were hardly talking, and neither were their staffs.  This week, Obama and Boehner are speaking often, and, perhaps more importantly, their staffs are speaking constantly.
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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Rev. Al Sharpton / The Huffington Post:
We Have a Right to Fight Back Against Right-to-Work Laws
Politico:
Labor's plan to fight back
Discussion: Washington Post and First Read
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Hoffa predicts ‘civil war’ in Michigan
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
In Michigan, the Republican Will to Power
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 …
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emptywheel:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing
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, Taegan Goddard's … and The Hill
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Reginald Massey / Guardian:
Ravi Shankar obituary  —  Indian virtuoso who took the sitar to the world  —  Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92 in San Diego, was the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map.  George Harrison called him “the godfather of world music” and it was Shankar's vision that brought …
Interview / National Review:
The RNC's Fix-It Committee  —  Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to NRO yesterday morning about the committee's new Growth and Opportunity Project, which is led by a five-member panel that will review the operations and strategies of the RNC and Republican party as a whole.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
NTU:
Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage.  —  An open letter to Congress:  —  Dear Members of Congress:  —  As the nation approaches the so-called “fiscal cliff,” we, the undersigned economists, urge Congress to carefully consider the relative merits of tax increases and spending restraint.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and First Read
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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David Weigel / Slate:
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