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Happy Hour Roundup

* Gallup finds nearly two thirds believe Obama will sincerely try to work with the opposition, versus 48 percent who think that about the GOP — perhaps giving Obama moral high ground in the fiscal talks.

* Keep an eye on this: Buzzfeed reports that GOP staffers, eager to avoid hiking taxes on the rich, are looking to temporarily postpone action on the fiscal cliff for a year — with another sequester that would threaten cuts that Dems like even less.

But as economist Mark Zandi told me today, temporarily postponing a fiscal cliff resolution risks harming the economy even more.

* Also: As David Dayen notes, Democrats are highly unlikely to agree to a postponement unless a tax hike for the rich is locked in first, and Republicans are highly unlikely to agree to that.

* Ed Kilgore urges us to go bigger on the Twinkie saga: We need to remind Americans that better wages, benefits and working conditions benefit not just workers, but all of us.

* Marco Rubio’s refusal to take a stand on the age of the planet was dispiriting, but Paul Krugman is right: Just as bad is his suggestion that science and tech education don’t have anything to do with the economy.

* Chris Moody on the five things Obama can do about climate change — without any help whatsoever from Congress. This one is key: He should talk about it as much as possible.

* Scott Walker has decided that same day registration in Wisconsin is bad because it results in too many people voting on Election Day — and he may push to do away with it.

* Dismaying (for the GOP, anyway) factoid of the day, courtesy of a GOP strategist quoted by Jonathan Capehart:

Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Hispanics will turn 18.

Capehart patiently explains the implications: “that’s 50,000 U.S.-born people every month for the next 20 years who become eligible to vote.”

* Relatedly, this quote from GOP strategist Jon McHenry, on the supposed GOP post-election “soul searching,” seems about right:

“We can argue back and forth about policies. But it’s not possible to argue against the math of a changing electorate.”

* And this is welcome: Gallup is reviewing its methodology to determine why they got the election so wrong. Worth remembering how dominant Gallup was in determining the daily political narrative for months.

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.
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