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What we're reading: Friday, December 7, 2012

"Axelrod ‘stache slash brings Obama, Trump together" by Jane C. Timm, msnbc
The 'stache off in progress (Louis Burgdorf / Morning Joe)
The 'stache off in progress

"Axelrod ‘stache slash brings Obama, Trump together" by Jane C. Timm, msnbc

"Ever think you’d see President Barack Obama and Donald Trump agree on anything? Well, when it comes to slashing David Axelrod’s mustache—and raising money for epilepsy research—they’re on the same team."

"America's jobs numbers: A steady pulse" by G.I., The Economist

"America's jobs numbers are less freighted with political significance now that the election is over, but they’re still an important measure of the economy’s pulse. The numbers released on November 7th show that the pulse is steady: employment growth remains moderate and unemployment continues to fall faster than the economy’s strength can explain."

"Debt Ceiling Bluff Called By Harry Reid, Leaving Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Himself" by Michael McAuliff

"A move to embarrass Democrats backfired on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as the Kentucky Republican proposed a vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling -- then filibustered it when the Democrats tried to take him up on the offer."

"Health-care dominoes" by Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post

"The lesson of health-care reform is that every tweak to this complex mechanism has far-reaching, often unintended, consequences. Raising the eligibility age is worth debating but not without considering the ripple effects of this seemingly simple change."

"The Iron Dome Military Revolution" by Michael Oren, The Wall Street Journal

"Historically, defensive measures lag behind offensive capabilities. Not so with Israel's new antimissile system."