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7:55 PM ET, December 3, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Freezing Out Hope  —  After the Democratic “shellacking” in the midterm elections, everyone wondered how President Obama would respond.  Would he show what he was made of?  Would he stand firm for the values he believes in, even in the face of political adversity?
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The Note:
Dem Senator: Negotiating with Republicans “Almost” like Negotiating with “Terrorists”  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Did Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) just compare Republicans to terrorists?  —  Well, not really.  But he did compare negotiating with Republicans to negotiating with terrorists.
The Huffington Post:
Harkin: If Obama Caves On Taxes, He Better Pray For Palin In 2012  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The sense of frustration among Senate Democrats over the White House's handling of the tax cut debate has grown throughout the week, culminating in a series of articles …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Using Unemployed as an Excuse to Get What He Wanted All Along  —  It's been clear for some time that President Obama made the political calculation that he does not want any of the Bush tax cuts to expire.  He doesn't have to be the guy in 2012 running for President on having “raised taxes during a time of recession.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Menendez: Dealing with GOP like negotiating with ‘terrorists’  —  Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on Friday compared talks with the GOP on extending tax cuts to negotiating with terrorists.  —  During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Menendez (N.J.) took aim at Republicans for opposing …
Washington Post:
Obama, GOP in quiet talks to extend tax cuts  —  The White House and congressional Republicans have begun working behind the scenes toward a broad deal that would prevent taxes from going up for virtually every U.S. family and authorize billions of dollars in fresh spending to bolster the economy.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Menendez Likens Tax Fight to Negotiating With Terrorists
Discussion: Balloon Juice and National Review
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Dear Democrats, please, please, please don't eff this up
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Collins says 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal must wait for tax cuts
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Donkey Doozy  —  The Democratic Party spirals unidirectionally.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Commentary
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
CBS Poll Finds Only 46 Percent Of Republicans Support GOP's Stand …
Discussion: Boston Globe, CBS News and The Gavel
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Scott Brown comes out in favor of DADT repeal  —  This is potentially important.  The statement just out from Senator Scott Brown's office: … A few quick points on this.  First, it shows beyond doubt — as I thought would happen — that Robert Gates's handling of this whole affair …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown offers key support for 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Can we please have some nuance?  —  It's being widely reported right …
Discussion: Gawker and Washington Monthly
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Scott Brown backs 'don't ask' repeal measure
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Is Scott Brown boxed in on DADT?
Chusa / ConservativeHome's Survey blog:
The top ten pundits among Republican activists  —  1,152 Republican activists, as identified by YouGov America and polled by ConservativeHome.com, have chosen their favorite pundits.  —  These pundits, more than any other, will be the talking heads who will influence the choice of the GOP's nominee for 2012.
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Helen Thomas is At it Again-Says Those Rich Jews Control America  —  Proving once again that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, former White House Correspondent Helen Thomas told an anti-Arab-Bias workshop in Dearborn Michigan that she absolutely stands by her ugly comments about Jews …
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Detroit News:
Helen Thomas stands by anti-Israel remarks
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Defiant Helen Thomas defends remarks that led to exit
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Karl Rove Slams Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee Over Bush-Bashing Comments  —  On Laura Ingraham's radio show, Karl Rove defended the Bushes against a series of comments, including Sarah Palin's reference to the Bushes as “blue-bloods” and Mike Huckabee saying the Bushes “weren't for me.”
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
After Catfood Commission Fails to Meet Mandate, Dem Senators Rally for Austerity  —  Fourteen Democratic Senators have asked Harry Reid for action on reining in the budget deficit, on the same day that the Catfood Commission failed to reach the threshold to deliver an official report.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Saving Some Catfood for Later
Discussion: Eschaton
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Disappointing Job Growth in U.S. as Jobless Rate Hits 9.8%  —  In a significant setback to the recovery and market expectations, the United States economy added just 39,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent, according to the Department of Labor.
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Arizona Cuts Financing for Transplant Patients  —  PHOENIX — Even physicians with decades of experience telling patients that their lives are nearing an end are having difficulty discussing a potentially fatal condition that has arisen in Arizona: Death by budget cut.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul stands up for Julian Assange  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is taking a stand as one of Julian Assange's few defenders in Washington, arguing that the WikiLeaks founder should get the same protections as the media.  —  Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the Justice Department …
Praveen Swami / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
The sight of women's breasts won't deter Islamists - they're obsessed with sex  —  Denmark's government is being called upon to employ a lethal new weapon in the fight against Islamist extremism: bare breasts.  —  No, I'm not making this up - and also deny outrageous suggestions that I'm looking …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Montana Republican Numbers  —  On the Montana poll that we released a couple weeks ago we also had some numbers on who Republicans in the state wanted as their candidates for President and Senate in 2012 and we just never got around to releasing them.  So here goes:
Discussion: GOP 12 and Conservatives4Palin.com
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
UN Climate Summit Leader Prays to Mayan Moon Goddess  —  Watch out, Al Gore, your moonbat congregation is starting to direct their prayers elsewhere: … It just makes sense: When you're pushing a myth, there's no more appropriate entity to pray to than a mythical goddess.  Why be inconsistent?
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Deficit panel's plan goes down to defeat  —  In an 11-7 vote, President Obama's fiscal commission on Friday failed to adopt a sweeping plan for reining in the federal budget deficit.  —  The panel had been working since February on a plan that would cut almost $4 trillion in deficit spending …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
For the Record...  I really wonder what's happening, subjectively, inside the heads of people who oppose repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell.  Do any of them think they're on the right side of history here?  That people are going to look back from 2040 and say “if only we'd listened to John McCain thirty years ago?”
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
What's So Hard About Hardball?  —  Kevin Drum on the Democratic Party's congenital inability to play hardball politics: … The bigger issue, I think, is that Republicans have an astounding level of ideological unity and a keen understanding of the political dynamics at work.
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama issues first pardons of presidency, four in cocaine cases  —  President Obama issued the first pardons of his presidency, excusing the convicts of crimes, many of which were drug-related.  —  Obama made nine pardons, four of which were in cases related to cocaine convictions.
Discussion: The Politico
Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Elaine Kaufman, Who Fed the Famous, Dies at 81  —  Elaine Kaufman, who became something of a symbol of New York as the salty den mother of Elaine's, one of Manhattan's best-known restaurants and a second home for almost half a century to a bevy of writers, actors, athletes and other celebrities, died Friday at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables claim first scalp as German minister's aide is sacked  —  Helmut Metzner admitted acting as a mole for the US embassy during negotiations to form a government  —  The WikiLeaks revelations have claimed their first political scalp in Europe with the sacking …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: State is ‘last’ public post  —  Hillary Clinton says, ‘I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position.’  —  Secretary of state will be Hillary Clinton's “last public position,” she said Friday, yet again tamping down speculation that she's plotting …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Terry / CNSNews:
Michele Bachmann: Jesus Had a Right to Life from the Moment of Conception  —  In response to a question from CNSNews.com, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) said this week that Jesus Christ had a right to life from the moment of conception and that all human beings deserve legal protection from the moment of conception.
Discussion: Breitbart.tv and GOP 12
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mental Prisoner of the Congress  —  An except from the President's statement on the Simpson/Bowles Commission: … I have various disagreements with this, but I think this also illustrates the extent to which the former-Senator President his senior staff full of former legislative aids …
 
 
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Barry Eichengreen / voxeu.org:
Ireland's rescue package: Disaster for Ireland, bad omen for the Eurozone
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Dan Horn / Cincinnati.com:
Driehaus sues anti-abortion group
Discussion: Ballot Box
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Durbin: DREAM Act will come to the Senate floor next week
Discussion: Hot Air
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
CBO: Dream Act would cut 1.4 billion dollars off the federal deficit.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Clarence Thomas' wife: I'm not leaving my Tea Party organization
Discussion: The Caucus and Law Blog
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
A Response to John Derbyshire
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Senate committees saddled with debt after final election spending push
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why You Can't Negotiate With Paul Ryan
 Earlier Items: 
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Government By Executive Order
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Pajamas Media
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
WHITE HOUSE SPEECHWRITER WINS COMEDY PRIZE
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Women's bathroom in House: $200K
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Are we freezing because of global warming?
Discussion: YID With LID and Right Wing News
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Shut Down the FCC  —  More transistors exist today …