Post-Thanksgiving Fiscal Cliffhangers

IN CAMBODIA, OBAMA CALLS CHINA RELATIONSHIP 'COOPERATIVE.' ABC's Mary Bruce reports from Phnom Penh: President Obama today said the United States and China have taken a "cooperative and constructive approach" to their relationship, as he came face-to-face with the rising economic power that his administration is trying to counter-balance in the region. Meeting with outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, Obama reiterated his commitment to working with China, despite the tenuous relationship between the two economic superpowers. "It's important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and prosperous future for the Asia Pacific region and for the world," he said. "As the two largest economies in the world, we have a special responsibility to lead the way in ensuring sustained and balanced growth, not only here in Asia but globally."

LISA JACKSON EMAIL KERFUFFLE: PAGING 'RICHARD WINDSOR.' The Los Angeles Times' Neela Banerjee reports: House Republican leaders and a watchdog group have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to allegations that Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has been using a secret private email account to do official business, purportedly to shield correspondence from the reach of the Freedom of Information Act. On Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan good-government group, sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. requesting an investigation into a government email account Jackson has under the name Richard Windsor. The request follows a Nov. 15 letter from the House Science Committee to Jackson expressing concern about the account and suggesting it may violate the Federal Records Act and other laws and demanding that the EPA turn over the Richard Windsor emails.

CORY BOOKER'S FOOD-STAMP CHALLENGE. Concluding a Twitter back-and-forth over the role of government, Newark Mayor Cory Booker challenged one tweeter to live on food stamps along with him, ABC's Sarah Parnass reports: Booker said [nutrition] was a shared responsibility, to which @MWadeNC asserted that food stamps should be enough to enable a family to afford breakfast. "Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month. U game?" Booker tweeted at @MWadeNC. "sure, Mayor, I'm game," she replied.  ... The mayor's office has not confirmed that he will make good on the challenge, but in another tweet, he asked the University of Bridgeport to send him the rules for their SNAP Food Challenge and to referee his competition.

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