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3:15 PM ET, December 4, 2012

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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Palin regrets calling GOP lawmakers ‘wusses’ on deficit talks  —  One-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin apologized for calling some GOP lawmakers “wusses” in their negotiations with Democrats over the “fiscal cliff.”  —  “Well, I guess I shouldn't call politicians names …
Discussion: CNN and Political Watch
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Despite Dole appearance, Senate fails to ratify disabilities treaty
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
Discussion: Applesauce and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid says Boehner debt plan would raise taxes on middle class
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Sorry for calling GOP ‘wusses’
Discussion: CNN and msnbc.com
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Truly Grand Bargain  —  Sometimes you have to walk through the desert to get to the Promised Land.  That's the way it is for Republicans right now.  The Republicans are stuck in a miserable position at the end of 2012, but, if they handle things right, they can make 2013 an excellent year …
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Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What's Wrong With the Republican Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer  —  Here are three big problems with the letter they sent to the White House:  —  1. It's not really a proposal — it's just a set of headline numbers without specific policies.  The letter says Republicans want to cut $900 billion …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame  —  OVERVIEW  —  With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” public opinion about the situation has changed little over the past three weeks.
Discussion: CBS DC, msnbc.com and Washington Wire
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Fox News chief's failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate  —  Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus.  —  So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed …
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The Fix:
Republicans losing blame game on fiscal cliff  —  A majority of Americans say that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, congressional Republicans should bear the brunt of the blame, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll, the latest sign that the GOP faces …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll finds majority would blame GOP if deficit negotiations fail
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid , Video, Senate Banking Committee, Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren Committees, Elizabeth Warren Senate, Elizabeth Warren Senate Banking …
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Warren tapped for Senate Banking panel  —  Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of the banking sector's harshest critics, is being tapped to serve on the Senate Banking Committee.  —  The Harvard law professor who built her public image primarily as a fierce critic of Wall Street …
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren likely to get Senate Banking Committee assignment
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Report: Warren to Get Spot on Senate Banking Committee
New York Post:
Queens dad pushed to his death by madman in Times Square subway station  —  Ki Suk Han, 58, of Queens frantically tries to climb to safety yesterday as a train bears down on him in Midtown.  He was fatally struck seconds later.  —  A Queens dad trying to protect fellow straphangers …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Ashley Judd exploring Senate run  —  Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell?  —  It might not be as far-fetched as you think.  —  The Hollywood movie star and eighth-generation Kentuckian is seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on the powerful Republican leader, four people familiar with the matter tell POLITICO.
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Better-Looking, Spunkier Senator From Kentucky Now a Possibility
Discussion: Politico
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
Former President George W. Bush calls for ‘benevolent spirit’ in immigration debate  —  Former President George W. Bush, speaks at the 4 Percent Growth Project: immigration and economic growth conference, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on December 4, 2012.  (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)
Discussion: NumbersUSA and Post Politics
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
George W. Bush urges ‘benevolent’ immigration reform debate
Discussion: CNN
National Review:
Filibluster  —  Filibuster “reform” — intermittently called, over the last decade or so, the “nuclear option” — is something of a moving target.  We have consistently maintained that a majority of the Senate may constitutionally curtail the filibuster or leave it as it is.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Democrats' Strange Zeal for Filibuster Reform
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrats file petition to force vote on middle class tax rates  —  House Democrats on Tuesday filed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the Senate's bill to extend the Bush-era tax levels for the middle class, but allow rates to rise for the wealthy.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group in Split Over Direction  —  In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party.
Politico:
The Rubio, Ryan makeovers  —  Behind the Curtain: About this weekly feature  —  Behind the Curtain is a reported column, Web show and online conversation about the behind-the-scenes intrigue that shapes politics and policy.  It will unfold every Tuesday (and beyond, when news dictates).
TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney Hits Costco — Buys Toy Car (Manufactured in China)  —  HITS COSTCO  —  Buys Toy Car (Manufactured in China)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Mitt Romney went on MASSIVE (and fiscally responsible) shopping spree at a Costco near his home in La Jolla, CA this week ... stocking up on all sorts of goods …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Rightnewz Videos
 
 
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Obama: Susan Rice ‘highly qualified,’ but no decision yet on next Secretary of State
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Washington Post:
U.S. pushes to restart peace talks with Taliban
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Associated Press:
Pete Townshend's political confession: “I'm a bit of a neocon”
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David Welch / New York Times:
Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?
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New York Times:
High-Speed Trades Hurt Investors, a Study Says
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
More Dads Buy the Toys, So Barbie, and Stores, Get Makeovers
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Chambliss vulnerable in a primary...
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Liberal Hecklers Meet Ohio Republican
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Charles Kenny / Business Week:
The ‘Red Dawn’ Case for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bloomberg:
Forget the Cliff, Fix the U.S. Tax System
NASA:
NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space
Discussion: Engadget and Talking Points Memo
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Brewer out of state; aide won't provide details
Discussion: Politico, Wonkette and Post Politics
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