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8:30 PM ET, December 30, 2012


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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Lindsay Graham: I Will Destroy America's Solvency Unless The Social Security Retirement Age Is Raised  —  Although official Washington is currently fixated on the so-called “Fiscal Cliff,” the biggest threat to American prosperity is the debt ceiling, which must be raised in February to prevent economic catastrophe.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut  —  If Senate leaders reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, they won't announce it today.  —  On the Senate floor Sunday evening, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that, after a brief run off the rails …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
No cliff deal as final hour approaches  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still haven't struck a deal to prevent taxes from rising on wage earners in the new year, sources say, as eleventh-hour negotiations to avert historic tax hikes approach a make-or-break moment Sunday.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP senators backing away from Social Security demand  —  GOP senators on Sunday backed away from demanding that cuts to Social Security benefits be included in any “fiscal cliff” deal.  —  The call to include a measure of inflation known as the chained consumer price index, or “chained CPI …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff: GOP Gives In On Social Security Cuts In Stalled Talks (UPDATE) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  John Cornyn, John McCain, Social Security, Video, John McCain Fiscal Cliff, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Social Security Benefits, Susan Collins, Congress Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Fiscal Talks Resume With Deadline in Mind  —  WASHINGTON — Negotiations over a last-ditch agreement to head off large tax increases and sweeping spending cuts in the new year appeared to resume on Sunday afternoon after Republican senators withdrew a demand that any deal must include …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama says ‘pressure is on Congress,’ blames GOP as fiscal deadline nears
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and CNN
Washington Post:
Senators trade proposals into night to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
My Views on Spending Cuts and Entitlements
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts.
Discussion: Hot Air
Howard Kurtz / Daily Download:
Meet the President: David Gregory's Low-Intensity Interview
Discussion: and Mediaite
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Obama Pledges To Push For Gun Control Measures If 'American People Decide It's Important'  —  President Obama called the Dec. 14th shooting in Newtown, Connecticut “the worst day of my presidency,” and said during a rare interview on Meet The Press, that he will propose a package of reforms …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013  —  President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.  —  “I'm going to be putting forward a package …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Newtown Task Force Returns Biden to Gun Control Arena
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein: US has to ‘bite the bullet’ and enact new gun-control restrictions
Discussion: Politico and Infowars
Ron Radosh / PJ Media:
The Meaning of Pat Buchanan's Surpising Endorsement of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense  —  When Left and Right come together, it usually is quite revealing.  The issue that binds them this time is the campaign to have the president continue the fight for Chuck Hagel to get the nomination as secretary of Defense.
Pat Buchanan /
Why the War Party Fears Hagel
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Some Thoughts About The Kingdom of Thailand  —  With Former Prime Minister Abhisit.  —  On Christmas Eve, ThaiPBS television interviewed me in Bangkok.  The interview is scheduled to air on 31 December at 9:40PM Thailand time.  Our interview will be online here.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Benghazi?  Whatever!  There was just some ‘sloppiness’ there, says Obama [Video]  —  That's right.  The President of the United States said that the murders of four Americans in Benghazi were due to “sloppiness.” … From “bumps in the road” to sloppy bumps in the road.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Power Line
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Boehner says Obama should ‘lead, not cast blame’
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Schumer: Better than even odds of a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
Discussion: CNN
Vilsack: Economy will suffer without farm bill
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Worst year in Washington: The tea party
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / PJ Media:
An Anatomy of a Most Peculiar Institution
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Washington Post:
In Congress, relatives lobby on bills before family members
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
Helen Pow / Daily Mail:
Obama picks his favourite photos of himself for 2012 (not that he likes to show off)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rebuffs feds' secret arguments on no-fly list