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2:40 PM ET, December 13, 2012

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First Thoughts: GOP goes off the image cliff  —  NBC/WSJ poll: GOP already goes off one cliff — the image cliff... American public: We want compromise... But this also presents dilemma for White House: Does it bend over backwards to achieve compromise, or does it try to make the GOP cry …
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Politico:
Joe Biden waits on sidelines
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: 'I'm not concerned about my job as Speaker' in fiscal talks
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Tries to Contain Defections on Fiscal Unity
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Corker introduces bill trading nearly $1T in entitlement cuts for debt-ceiling hike  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill Wednesday to trade nearly $1 trillion in entitlement savings for an equal hike in the debt ceiling.  —  Corker said the Dollar For Dollar Act would include $937 billion …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
‘The a—hole factor’  —  Back-bench freshmen Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp and David Schweikert are gaining martyr status among conservative activists after they were “purged” from House committees for what they say is a matter of sticking to their principles on tough votes.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman's sad send-off  —  It was a lonely farewell for Joe Lieberman.  —  When the senior senator from Connecticut stood to give his parting address Wednesday afternoon, just one of his colleagues, Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, was with him on the Senate floor.
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
The Note: Chris Christie, Born to Run  —  THE NOTE If there's one takeaway from Barbara Walters' Chris Christie interview last night it was this: the man is setting up to run for president in 2016.  —  The buzziest example, of course, was his pushback against Walters' question as to whether he was “too heavy” to be president.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Fix and ABCNEWS
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Alex Nussbaum / Bloomberg:
Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums  —  Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act's major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)'s chief executive officer said.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Vodkapundit
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens  —  Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal.  Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Where big GOP bucks could matter  —  Mitt Romney and the GOP lost, but it wasn't for lack of money.  They spent a lot; they just didn't get enough bang for the buck.  —  Billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone donated $150 million.  But Romney lost anyway, especially among unmarried women.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Strange Republican Shift on Taxes  —  There's been an odd change in Republican rhetoric in the last few weeks about taxes.  As we all know, for a couple of decades now, particularly since George H.W. Bush went back on his “Read my lips” promise and agreed to a tax increase to bring down the deficit …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What Obama Is Really Bargaining For  —  If the GOP caves on taxes …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Reuters:
Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions  —  (Reuters) - As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.
Kelly Conniff / TIME:
And the Winner of TIME's Person of the Year Reader Poll Is...  Kim Jong Un is having a good year.  After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he's solidified his control over the country, appeared on TIME's cover and he was even named …
Michael Kinsley / Bloomberg:
The Conservative Case for Right-to-Work Laws  —  The enactment of a so-called right- to-work law by the state of Michigan this week is indeed, as the news media have described it, a blow against the union movement.  Michigan, of all places.  But it is also a blow against fairness and common sense.
Andrew Shain / The State:
SC governor: Experience not required for DeMint's Senate seat  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that political experience is not a requirement for the successor to resigning U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.  —  Haley will name that successor, and two of the governor's five reported finalists …
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
ELECTION OVER, ADMINISTRATION UNLEASHES NEW RULES  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — While the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a “regulatory cliff” that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Democrats Have Public Opinion on Their Side  —  Record Number Sees Country as More Politically Divided  —  OVERVIEW  —  The Democrats are in a strong position with the public as they engage in negotiations to find a solution to the fiscal cliff crisis.
Capital Flows / Forbes:
Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire  —  Harvard University should be no stranger to satire.  Home of the famous Harvard Lampoon, ("lampoon" means satire), the school is indirectly responsible for modern exercises in satire and parody like National Lampoon's Vacation …
Discussion: Althouse
Telegraph:
Google's tax avoidance is called ‘capitalism’, says chairman Eric Schmidt  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt has insisted that he is “very proud” of the company's tax structure, and said that measures to lower its payments were just “capitalism”.  —  Mr Schmidt's comments risk inflaming the row …
Lee Stranahan / BREITBART.COM:
LANSING UNION ATTACK VICTIM: ASSAILANT WORE GUY FAWKES-LIKE ‘DEVIL MASK’  —  Local Lansing Michigan hot dog vendor Clint Tarver was catering for Americans For Prosperity during the right-to-work demonstrations at the State Capitol on Tuesday, when two men rushed into the tent.
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Notes on the Syrian Revolution from Marrakech  —  MARRAKECH - I'm in Marrakech, Morocco, attending the fourth meeting of the Friends of Syria gathering.  One international delegation after another is taking to the podium and announcing where its capital stands on the bloodiest conflict to slam …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Real Fat Cats  —  Who exactly were the rich who, as the president said, were not “paying their fair share”?  The rapper Jay-Z (net worth: nearly $500 million)?  The actor Johnny Depp (2011 income: $50 million)?  Neither seems to have heard the president's earlier warning that “at a certain point you've made enough money.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Wants Answers On White House Pot Plan  —  The Senate is going to pot.  —  According to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Judiciary Committee is planning a hearing early next year to examine federal policy towards two states that legalized marijuana in November.
 
 
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