Losing Control: Russia's top envoy for Syria admitted Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country and that he may be defeated by rebel forces. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov is the highest ranking Russian official to admit that Assad will lose the civil war that has engulfed Syria. Bogdanov even talked of an evacuation of Russian citizens. The New York Times reports.
Fiscal Cliff: Businesses and the American people will likely not get an early Christmas present in the form of legislation to resolve the fiscal cliff. The Washington Post reports that President Barack Obama and Rep. John Boehner have dug in on their respective issues and that a deal is unlikely before Christmas.
"Right to work": Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson interviewed Michigan Gov. RIck Snyder on the newly signed "right to work" legislation that Snyder argues will help attract businesses and jobs to the state. Reuters reports on how the GOP engineered the blow to one of the country's most powerful unions.
Editorials: The New York Times editorial board made the case that Congress and the President need to commit more resources to the process to appoint federal judges as 9 percent of the federal bench remains open. The Washington Post editorial board took on the issue of gay marriage before the Supreme Court. "The court’s job is to determine judges’ proper role in moving the country away from discrimination, not to enshrine that discrimination in constitutional doctrine."