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3:40 PM ET, December 2, 2010

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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner Blasts Dems' ‘Chickencrap’ Tax Cut Vote Gambit  —  This afternoon, House Democrats will hold an up or down vote on vote on President Obama's plan to extend tax cuts to income below $250,000, and they've figured out a way to prevent the Republicans from pulling procedural tricks that might sink it …
Discussion: Mediaite and Fox Nation
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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.
Ezra Klein:
Why did the Democrats falter on the tax cuts?  —  This post by Greg Sargent contains some wise words on the psychology of the Democrats: … It's very important to realize how strong of a hand Democrats had — and to some degree, have — on the Bush tax cuts.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as ‘chicken crap’  —  Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner ripped House Democrats for moving ahead with a vote Thursday just on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move “chicken crap.”
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:   John Boehner Calls Vote on Middle-Class-Only Tax Cut ‘Chicken Crap’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Tax deal getting close, Democrats worried Obama may cave
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner: Dem tax bill ‘chicken crap’
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Note
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
NASA Finds New Life (Updating live)  —  NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth, using arsenic to build its DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell membranes.  This changes everything.  Updating live.
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Gizmodo / Wired Science:
NASA Finds New Life Form  —  By Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo  —  Hours before its special news conference today, the cat is out of the bag: NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living on planet Earth.  This changes everything.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Subsisting on Arsenic, a Microbe May Redefine Life
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Tea Party Caucus Takes $1 Billion In Earmarks  —  Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget.
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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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:   Anti-Spending Tea Party Caucus Members Took Over $1 Billion In Earmarks
Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Funds Tapped Rescue Program  —  Hedge funds and investors whose bearish trades on housing helped them profit amid the credit crisis were among those that benefited from a U.S. government emergency rescue program to kick-start lending, according to Federal Reserve data released Wednesday.
Discussion: Yglesias and Seeing the Forest
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Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fed wants to strip a key protection for homeowners
The Independent:
RTC  —  Receiving / paying for stolen property IS a crime.  Once the official request to not release classified information was issued the release IS a crime.  In the US the maximum penalty for that crime is death.  —  Mark Anthony  —  Why haven't British police arrested WikiLeaks boss …
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Fareed Zakaria / Time:
WikiLeaks Shows the Skills of U.S. Diplomats
Discussion: New Atlanticist
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
The DADT Hearings In Six Minutes: GOP Talking Points Debunked  —  This morning, during a hearing about the impact of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Questions Pentagon on Repeal of Gay Ban
Kevin O'Rourke / Eurointelligence:
LETTER FROM DUBLIN  —  It is one thing to know that someone you love is terminally ill; their death still comes as a shock.  —  I certainly don't want to compare the arrival of the EU-IMF team in Dublin last week to a bereavement.  But I was surprised at how upsetting I found it, given that it came as no surprise.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:   Before Bankruptcy, Conservatives Touted Ireland As Model For U.S.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A strange way to honor the founding fathers  —  Republicans gained control of the House last month on a promise to “restore the Constitution.”  So it is no small irony that one of their first orders of business is an attempt to rewrite the Constitution.  —  On Tuesday, Rep. Rob Bishop …
EconomistMom.com:
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.
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: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Emptywheel
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M.J. Smith / Agence France Presse:
Nigeria ‘to charge Dick Cheney’ over alleged bribery
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and Swampland
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 …
Reuters:
Sarah Palin has earned the right to run for president  —  To the dismay of all but hard-core political junkies, the endless campaign is a reality of modern politics.  With some midterm races still unresolved, voters' attention is already turned to 2012.  And no potential presidential candidate …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Gingrich calls for shake-up at the RNC  —  Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling for a shake-up at the Republican National Committee, another setback for Chairman Michael Steele as he decides whether to seek a second term atop the party organization.
Discussion: The Politico, GOP 12 and TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown in good position  —  As Scott Brown's first year in the Senate comes to a close he remains an extremely formidable political presence and leads five hypothetical 2012 reelection opponents by margins ranging anywhere from 7 to 19 points.  —  Vicki Kennedy (48-41) and Deval Patrick …
Discussion: Yglesias and Taegan Goddard's …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
DeMint Sets Sights On Four Dems  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) is turning his attention to 2012 and using the vote this week on an earmark moratorium to pick his Democratic targets.  —  DeMint sent an email to the supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund early Wednesday highlighting four Democrats …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Persistence of Long-Term Unemployment Tests U.S.  —  The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work.  —  That is a fact of life that much of Europe, with its underclass of permanently idle workers, knows all too well.  But it is a lesson that the United States seems to be just learning.
Political Correction RSS:
Sen. Alexander: “Most Of The People” Hit By Schumer's Tax Plan “Live On Wall Street”  —  2 hours and 44 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  With members of Congress fighting over the fate of the expiring Bush tax cuts, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has put forward a compromise that would maintain …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
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.
 
 
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Coburn, Crapo Support Debt Panel Report
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Sam Roberts / City Room:
A Month After Elections, 200,000 Votes Found
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bush cabinet raises for ‘vindicated’ Gonzalez
Discussion: Law Blog and Gawker
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dems roll out DREAM Act No. 5
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
Muslim imam who lectures on non-violence in Germany is arrested …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Judge sets expedited schedule for Senate vote-count lawsuit
Discussion: Ballot Box and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Romney calls Palin ‘powerful force’ within GOP; ‘attractive, too’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Midwestern senators counter colleagues' bid to kill expiring ethanol tax break
Discussion: RedState and AmSpecBlog
Ezra Klein:
Andy Stern takes on America's second deficit
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox is quickly becoming the second-chance employer for fiery figures
Glen Bolger / Public Opinion Strategies:
GOP Will Retain House Control in 2012 — Guaranteed.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
It took a guy to do this? …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, The Hill and Hot Air
truth-out.org:
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Documents from Obama Administration Detailing …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers