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12:20 PM ET, December 11, 2010

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Holds Forth on Tax Plan, for Starters  —  WASHINGTON — They have been foes and they have been, kind of, friends.  And on Friday afternoon, President Obama and former President Bill Clinton walked unexpectedly into the White House briefing room for a news conference …
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
President Obama Brings Bill Clinton In To Talk Tax Plan...And Then Leaves To Go To A Christmas Party!  —  “I've never seen anything like that,” said MSNBC's Cenk Uygur after cutting back following a press conference on the tax plan.  It had begun with a surprise appearance by President Obama …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton takes the White House stage, again  —  If not a transfer of power, the whole show seemed at least a temporary handoff.  An embattled president, fresh off an electoral shellacking and struggling to sell a controversial tax deal to members of his own party, turned to a former president who …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control  —  Former President Bill Clinton gave a statement after his meeting with President Obama about his tax compromise with the Republicans.  However, after his statement, Clinton began to call on and take questions from the press with Obama at his side.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Bill Clinton apparently now president again
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The Surprise Trip to the Briefing Room
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and New York Times
Associated Press:
Add-ons turn tax cut bill into ‘Christmas tree’
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks  —  YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Richard M. Nixon made disparaging remarks about Jews, blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a series of extended conversations with top aides and his personal secretary, recorded in the Oval Office 16 months before he resigned as president.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Henry Kissinger to Soviet Jewry: Drop Dead
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Palin-Hating Columbia Professor, Huffington Post Blogger, Busted for Incest  —  Let's begin with a flashback, shall we?  In July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, Columbia University professor David Epstein wrote at his Huffington Post blog: … Got that?
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Columbia Daily Spectator:
Professor David Epstein charged with incest with his daughter  —  Political science professor David Epstein was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with one count of incest in the third degree at an arraignment hearing on Thursday.  —  Political science professor David Epstein, 46 …
Discussion: The Confluence and Runnin' Scared
The Huffington Post:
Palin Proves Voters Were Right in 2008  —  First, let's get the preliminaries cleared out of the way.  A week ago, Sarah Palin was never going to be president of the United States.  Today, Sarah Palin is never going to be president of the United States.  Once you've accepted that fact …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Huffington Post Blogger Charged With Incest
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Invaders from Mars  —  “Voting doesn't change anything — the politicians always win.”  'Twas not always so, but I'm hearing variations on that theme a lot these days, and not just in the UK.  —  Why do we feel so politically powerless?  Why is the world so obviously going to hell in a handbasket?
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Paul Krugman:
Hive-minds and Kleptocrats  —  It's not often that I get a chance …
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Bernie Sanders: In 2007, “the top 1 percent of all income earners in the United States made 23.5 percent of all income,” which is “more than the entire bottom 50 percent.”  —  Bernie Sanders, in viral speech, says top 1 percent earn more than 23 percent of U.S. income
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Filibuster, C-SPAN Has A Hit On Its Hands  —  Mr. Sanders has gone to C-SPAN.  —  Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, started speaking against the Obama administration's tax cut deal on Friday morning, in full view of C-SPAN2's cameras, and by lunchtime his old-fashioned filibuster …
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John R. Quain / Fox News:
Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon  —  U.S. Navy engineers at the Office of Naval Research prepared and test-fired a slug from their rail gun in a 2008 test firing.  On Friday, December 9, the ONR will attempt to break its own record.  —  A theoretical dream for decades …
Discussion: Mashable!, Hot Air and TPM LiveWire
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Obama's losing support; Romney would beat him now  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, so low that he'd lose the White House to Republican Mitt Romney if the election were held today, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Katharine Russ / LA Weekly:
Jeremy Marks “Attempted Lynching” Case  —  Black teen who filmed an LAUSD campus cop hitting a student faces bizarre charges and years in prison  —  On Dec. 2, Jeremy Marks, a Verdugo Hills High School special education student, was offered a new plea offer by the L.A. County District Attorney …
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Vox Popoli
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Judge rules against Miller in Senate suit  —  APPEAL?  U.S. Senate candidate can still take case to Alaska Supreme Court.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  A Superior Court judge has ruled on all counts against Joe Miller's challenge of Alaska's election for U.S. Senate.
John / Power Line:
Man In the Middle?  —  I think President Obama will benefit politically from the tax compromise, both because the economy will improve—somewhat, anyway—and because some voters will perceive him as more of a centrist.  But I agree with Peggy Noonan that Obama didn't help himself with those who actually watched his press conference:
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Wall Street Journal:
From Audacity to Animosity  —  No president has alienated his base the way Obama has.
Discussion: American Power and Firedoglake
 
 
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Heather Brooke / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennett: GOP might pass own version of DREAM Act next year
Discussion: SENATUS, Weasel Zippers and Wonk Room
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hidden Medical Debt Trips Up Homeowners
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables: Pope wanted Muslim Turkey kept out of EU
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Daily Mail:
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CBS News:
John Not a Speaker at Elizabeth Edwards Funeral
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Tax Compromise Must Now Die
Discussion: The Hill, msnbc.com and AmSpecBlog
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Strategic Mistake of a Decade.
Discussion: Yglesias
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House and Senate budget chiefs: Prepare for cuts
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I'm trying to decide which congressional observation …
National Review:
Levi's Story  —  A study on “When Marriage Disappears …