Good morning! Here's what's on today's agenda:
"Republicans Send White House Fresh Offer on Fiscal Cliff" by Billy House, National Journal
" House Republicans say they have sent the White House a new fiscal-cliff 'counteroffer,' but aren’t providing any details."
Tune in at 10:00 AM ET to hear from Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Real Clear Politics National Political Reporter Erin McPike and Editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing David Hawkings.
"Reasons to Love New York: Because Our Mayor Isn’t Afraid to Talk Gun Control" by Chris Smith, New York Magazine
"Americans bought so many firearms on Black Friday that the FBI’s background-check system crashed twice. The NRA said a reason for the rush was President Obama’s reelection and his desire to take away Second Amendment rights. If only. Michael Bloomberg, though, has never been afraid of speaking out about the damage inflicted because of easy access to weapons."
We'll talk with author Chris Smith from New York Magazine.
"Gay Marriage Advocates Ramp Up Strategies After Supreme Court Announcement" by Lilia Shapiro, The Huffington Post
"Even before the moment the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to hear a pair of same-sex marriage cases next year, anxiety was running high among gay rights activists who have been fighting for decades to see same-sex marriage legalized nationwide."
Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans R. Clarke Cooper and Democratic Strategist and former adviser to President Obama's 2008 campaign Jamal Simmons join us.
"Rising number of soldiers being dismissed for failing fitness tests" by Ernesto Londoño, The Washington Post
"Under intense pressure to trim its budget, the Army is dismissing a rising number of soldiers who do not meet its fitness standards, drawing from a growing pool of troops grappling with obesity. Obesity is now the leading cause of ineligibility for people who want to join the Army, according to military officials, who see expanding waistlines in the warrior corps as a national security concern."
msnbc Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs is here to discuss.
Plus, msnbc's Richard Lui is "Drilling Down" on Michigan's "right to work" legislation.