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12:15 PM ET, December 29, 2012


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff Deal Not Reached, Leaders Agree To Continue Talks … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , John Boehner, Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Video, 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Harry Reid Fiscal Cliff, US Fiscal Cliff, Boehner Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff 2012, Fiscal Cliff Deal …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes  —  Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the “nuclear option.”  —  The maneuver would be controversial …
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Dude, where's Nancy Pelosi's car? Minority leader appears lost in parking lot
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
‘Come together’ breaks Washington apart
Discussion: The National Memo and Hullabaloo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Optimism for ‘fiscal cliff’ agreement grows ahead of White House meeting
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Booman Tribune
French Court Says 75% Tax Rate on Rich Is Unconstitutional  —  President Francois Hollande's 75 percent millionaire-tax is unconstitutional because it fails to guarantee taxpayer equality, France's top court ruled today.  —  The tax, one of Hollande's campaign promises …
French court rejects 75 percent millionaires' tax  —  (Reuters) - France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Althouse
French 75% income tax struck down by constitutional council  —  Francois Hollande has favoured tax rises over spending cuts to tackle France's deficit  —  France's constitutional council has overturned a top income tax rate of 75% introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Noreen O'Donnell / Reuters:
New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar  —  Reuters/Reuters - A small portion of guns that were turned in by their owners are stacked inside a truck at a gun buyback held by the Los Angeles Police Department in Los Angeles, California, December 26, 2012 ...more
Michael Medved / The Daily Beast:
The Liberal God Delusion  —  Our government has been hijacked by a party obsessed with a higher power.  But I'm not talking about the GOP.  I'm talking about the left and their worship of government.  —  As Washington staggers into a new year, one side of the political spectrum polarizes …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
There's Only One Way To Fix The Deficit — And Actually It's Totally Painless  —  People who insist that the US has a gigantic “spending problem” are ignorant of what really drives the deficit and the national debt, as Henry Blodget easily demonstrated in a series of charts.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Why not let taxes rise on the middle class?  —  Barring a last-minute breakthrough, taxes will go up for every American taxpayer on Jan. 1 — and that's a development conservatives should welcome.  —  Don't get me wrong, it would be better not to raise taxes on anyone …
PR Newswire:
ASPCA Pays $9.3 Million in Landmark Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Settlement  —  Feld Entertainment RICO Lawsuit Will Continue against the Humane Society of the United States, the lawyers, and other remaining defendants  —  Feld Entertainment, Inc., the producer of Ringling Bros …
New York Times:
Woman Dies After a Gang Rape That Galvanized India  —  NEW DELHI — A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus here died early Saturday, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?  —  The latest gun-control idea is forcing owners to buy liability insurance.  That may help a few victims, but it won't stop crime, writes Megan McArdle.  —  Novel gun control ideas continue to percolate through the commentariat.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama's demand for renewed warrantless eavesdropping |  Glenn Greenwald  —  The California Democrat's disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama's agenda  —  To this day, many people identify mid-2008 as the time they realized …
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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
The Human Casualties of the War on Drugs
Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
The success of Naftali Bennett is the failure of the Israeli center-left
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
David Rogers / Reuters:
$60B Sandy aid package clears Senate
Discussion: CNN
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
Crime Is Up and Bloomberg Blames iPhone Thieves
Discussion: The Consumerist and The Verge
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
How polarisation in Washington affects a growing feeling of partisanship | Harry J Enten
Discussion: Addicting Info, and theGrio
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Kerry, Dems back Markey for Senate
Discussion: Addicting Info and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Paintings Outrage Islamic Hard-Liners in Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
National Rifle Association vows to fight arms trade treaty at U.N.
Discussion: Guardian
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Leader: Romney Was ‘The Worst Candidate In History’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars