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4:15 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?
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 …
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: National Review
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank: White House ‘gravely mistaken’ in tax cut strategy
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
The Note:
Dem Senator: Negotiating with Republicans “Almost” …
Discussion: The Politico
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Dear Democrats, please, please, please don't eff this up
Discussion: Washington Post and Squawk Box
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
CBS Poll Finds Only 46 Percent Of Republicans Support GOP's Stand …
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Donkey Doozy  —  The Democratic Party spirals unidirectionally.
Discussion: Commentary
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Can we please have some nuance?  —  It's being widely reported right now that at the Senate hearings this morning, the Service Chiefs issued very stark warnings against repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell.  And it's true that Army Chief of Staff George Casey and U.S. Marine Corps Commandant James Amos …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown offers key support for 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Military chiefs advocate keeping 'Don't ask' for now; McCain threatens block
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Is Scott Brown boxed in on DADT?
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Added Fewer Jobs Than Expected in November
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ezra Klein:
An ugly jobs report
Chusa / ConservativeHome's Survey blog:
The top ten pundits among Republican activists  —  1,152 Republican activists, as identified by YouGov America and polled by, 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.
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 …
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
Detroit News:
Helen Thomas stands by anti-Israel remarks
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Discussion: The Note, Swampland and FrumForum
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rangel: I don't deal in average American citizens  —  One might have thought, given all of the handwringing from Capitol Hill last night over the horrors of censuring, that Charlie Rangel would have learned a little humility from the process.  For instance, on CNN moments after Nancy Pelosi read aloud …
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Shut Down the FCC  —  More transistors exist today than ever and there is plenty of capacity inside fiber-optic cables and out in the air.  What's missing is competition for consumers.  —  It's time to close the Federal Communications Commission.  This week, FCC Chairman Julius …
Washington Times:
Wave goodbye to Internet freedom
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Bristol Palin / Facebook:
Mr. Olbermann—Sorry We Can't All Be As Perfect As You  —  Recently, a left wing commentator named Keith Olbermann attacked me for being a spokesperson for abstinence education and for being an Ambassador for the Candies Foundation, which promotes teen pregnancy awareness and prevention education.
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.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans' Credit Cards in Real Time  —  Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Tax Reform Vision  —  I have a vision.  —  Sometime over the next couple of weeks, President Obama issues a statement that reads: “Over the past several months, Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over what to do with the Bush tax cuts.  I have my own views …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Clarence Thomas' wife: I'm not leaving my Tea Party organization
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
A Response to John Derbyshire
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why You Can't Negotiate With Paul Ryan
Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Elaine Kaufman, Who Fed the Famous, Dies at 81
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Government By Executive Order
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mental Prisoner of the Congress
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Women's bathroom in House: $200K
Myglesias / Yglesias:
For the Record...  I really wonder what's happening, subjectively …
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Nikki Haley will make presidential endorsement in 2012
Discussion: GOP 12
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Are we freezing because of global warming?
Discussion: YID With LID and Right Wing News
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Mind in Motion  —  Going through one of Martin Luther …
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