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10:15 AM ET, December 2, 2010


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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Republicans Threaten Tax Dispute Blockade  —  WASHINGTON — Not even 24 hours after President Obama met with senior Republican Congressional leaders and expressed hopes for a “new dialogue,” renewed partisan fury engulfed the Senate on Wednesday, as Republicans threatened to block …
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Cuts Likely to Be Extended Temporarily  —  Republicans and Democrats Wednesday sat down to negotiate a compromise on extending Bush-era income tax cuts—an effort that could be the first step toward a deal this month that many strategists in both parties believe will temporarily extend current tax rates for all income levels.
Can We Do the Non-Crazy Thing with the Bush Tax Cuts?  —  I am no longer going to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  I am no longer going to try to talk people into seeing that the “right” thing to do with the Bush tax cuts would be to let them all expire.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Parties dare each other as tax debate heats up
Discussion: The Politico, Guardian and RedState
Washington Post:
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal efforts stalled by GOP plan
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fed wants to strip a key protection for homeowners  —  WASHINGTON — As Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms.
Washington Post:
Fed aid in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms
Thomas M. Hoenig / New York Times:
Too Big to Succeed  —  THE world has experienced a severe …
Discussion: DealBook and Prairie Weather
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
It took a guy to do this?  House Speaker-elect John Boehner orders a change to benefit just 71 members  —  For some reason it took a male Speaker of the House to accomplish this:  —  The nearly six dozen female members of the incoming House of Representatives will have a new restroom …
Discussion: Hot Air
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to create women's restroom adjacent to House floor  —  Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) intends to commandeer a swanky office space adjacent to the House floor and build a women's restroom for female lawmakers.  —  For years, men have had the luxury of using facilities located adjacent …
Washington Post:
The Republican case for ratifying New START  —  Republican presidents have long led the crucial fight to protect the United States against nuclear dangers.  That is why Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush negotiated the SALT I, START I and START II agreements.
Discussion: New York Times and Federal Eye
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Below Surface, U.S. Has Dim View of Putin and Russia
Discussion:, Guardian and Hot Air
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Cables condemn Russia as ‘mafia state’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pentagon: We could have shut down Wikileaks but chose not to  —  I hope he's telling the truth.  Because if our cyberwar unit is so weak that they can't hit a few servers in Sweden, then I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.  The key question: Was this decision driven chiefly by military or political concerns?
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe  —  A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan.  —  Post Comment  —  In its first months in office …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Madrid Cables  —  In Spain, the WikiLeaks disclosures …
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
GOP to upend spending process  —  House Republicans seem intent on blowing up the staid appropriations process when they take power in January — potentially upending the old bulls in both parties who have spent decades building their power over the federal budget.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dickishness Of The GOP  —  What we've observed these past two years is a political party that knows nothing but scorched earth tactics, cannot begin to see any merits in the other party's arguments, refuses to compromise one inch on anything, and has sought from the very beginning to do nothing but destroy the Obama presidency.
Ezra Klein:
Andy Stern takes on America's second deficit  —  “Do we really need another deficit-reduction plan?”  I ask Andy Stern.  I like this stuff, but even I'm getting exhausted by the endless parade of plans, each just slightly different than the last, and none with an obviously supportive constituency in Congress.
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
GOP Will Retain House Control in 2012 — Guaranteed.  —  Control of the House of Representatives after the 2012 elections will still belong to the Republicans.  IF Barack Obama stages a political comeback (which is certianly within the realm of possibility), Democrats will start the presidential coattails drumbeat.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox is quickly becoming the second-chance employer for fiery figures  —  Don't panic.  Fox is hiring.  —  The leading cable news network and its business news offshoot, Fox Business Network, have made a habit of signing up reporters and media personalities who've found themselves on the wrong side in employee-employer spats.
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to “Pharmacologic Waterboarding”  —  The Defense Department forced all “war on terror” detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Palin, I knew Reagan.  You're no Reagan.  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University.  He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
County Recorder in Massachusetts Goes After MERS  —  This is one of those mind-blowing days, one I don't feel like I have much of a grip on.  But with all the despair with the federal government, the power structure that protects the banks at all costs, etc., it's worth looking at some potential good news for a change.
John Carney / CNBC:   The MERS Wars Heat Up in Massachusetts
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Diplomats Noted Canadian Mistrust  —  WASHINGTON — In early 2008, American diplomats stationed in Ottawa turned on their television sets and were aghast: there was an “onslaught” of Canadian shows depicting “nefarious American officials carrying out equally nefarious deeds in Canada,” …
Elisha Bala-Gbogbo / Bloomberg:
Nigeria to Charge Dick Cheney in Pipeline Bribery Case  —  Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said.
Discussion: Raw Story
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Partiers resist GOP healthcare repeal tactic  —  Tea Party lawmakers are balking at the House Republican leadership's plan to simultaneously repeal and replace President Obama's healthcare law.  —  The resistance from conservative lawmakers is a clear indication of the challenge Republican leaders face …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Civil Unions Advance in Illinois  —  CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation allowing civil unions in this state, and the governor has indicated he will sign it, making Illinois one of only a handful of states to grant to same-sex couples a broad array of legal rights …
Discussion: FrumForum
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Documents from Obama Administration Detailing Actor Andy Griffith's “Misleading” Medicare Advertisements  —  Obama Administration Spent $3,184,000 in Taxpayer Dollars on Advertising Program Deemed “Misleading” by Non-Partisan
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Steve Randy Waldman / interfluidity:
Hangover theory and morality plays  —  My recent fit over the technocratic style in American economics was the excrescence of a long-standing complaint.  The very first time I made that complaint was in a piece arguing that Paul Krugman's dismissal of Austrian-ish “hangover theory” was overhasty.
Dave Price / WHOTV:
Poll Problem: Incoming Governor Warns Presidential Candidates Not to Skip Event If They Want His Support  —  Branstad said pre-caucus endorsement is possible  —  Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad, a Republican, could become the king of the caucus.  He is the state's top Republican …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
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Hurriyet Dailynews:
Israel responsible for WikiLeaks in anti-Turkish plot, AKP member says
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
Heidi Evans / NY Daily News:
On World AIDS Day, Larry Kramer, who first warned of epidemic …
Tom Breen / Associated Press:
Holidays about survival as jobless benefits end
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Cuba travel ban won't be lifted this year
Discussion: Babalú Blog
U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd:
Dodd Delivers Farewell Address to the Senate
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Democrats' Diversity Problem
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
Banks in Talks to End Bond Probe
Discussion: Law Blog and The Agonist
Howard Jacobson / New York Times:
Hanukkah, Rekindled
Radley Balko / Hit & Run:
You Are No Longer Free To Move About the Country
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Emptywheel