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5:15 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.
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
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Menendez Likens Tax Fight to Negotiating With Terrorists
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Menendez: Dealing with GOP like negotiating with ‘terrorists’
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Frank: White House ‘gravely mistaken’ in tax cut strategy
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Donkey Doozy  —  The Democratic Party spirals unidirectionally.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and Commentary
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
CBS Poll Finds Only 46 Percent Of Republicans Support GOP's Stand …
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown offers key support for 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Friday he would support doing away with the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy.  —  Brown broke with most Republicans to say he endorsed the findings of a Department of Defense report …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
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
Ezra Klein:
An ugly jobs report
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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.
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 …
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Defiant Helen Thomas defends remarks that led to exit
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
UN Climate Summit Leader Prays to Mayan Moon Goddess
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Terry / CNSNews:
Michele Bachmann: Jesus Had a Right to Life from the Moment of Conception
Discussion: and GOP 12
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Karl Rove Slams Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee Over Bush-Bashing Comments
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables claim first scalp as German minister's aide is sacked
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
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Pajamas Media
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mental Prisoner of the Congress
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
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Mind in Motion  —  Going through one of Martin Luther …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Shut Down the FCC  —  More transistors exist today …