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12:50 PM ET, December 4, 2010

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The Politico:
Now it's all or nothing on tax cuts  —  Democrats failed to break a Republican filibuster Saturday of two measures that would have ended Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, forcing both parties back to the negotiating table if they want to avert a tax hike next year for most Americans.
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Senate Republicans Block Tax Cut Plan that Leaves Out High Earners … Republican senators voted Saturday to block consideration of two Democratic proposals to permanently extend the expiring Bush tax cuts for all but the highest earners.  —  In a rare weekend session …
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama Using Unemployed as an Excuse to Get What He Wanted All Along
The Note:
Dem Senator: Negotiating with Republicans “Almost” …
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Dear Democrats, please, please, please don't eff this up
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog and Squawk Box
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
She Who Must Not Be Named  —  This is it.  This is the last time I'm going to write the name Sarah Palin until she does something truly newsworthy, like declare herself a candidate for the presidency.  Until then, I will no longer take part in the left's obsessive-compulsive fascination with her …
The Huffington Post:
4 Million Americans Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits Even If Congress Passes Extension (CHART)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Even as Congress debates whether to extend emergency unemployment checks for more than 6 million Americans who are approaching the 99-week limit …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Jobless rate jumps to 9.8% as hiring slows in November
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Was President Obama endangered by premature news reports of his arrival in Afghan warzone?  —  A growing flap — and concerns — over President Obama's personal safety and security in the Afghan war zone tonight, given that some American news outlets reported he was there nearly a half-hour before Air Force One actually landed.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and New York Times
U.S. Senator Susan Collins:
SENATOR COLLINS' STATEMENT ON 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'  —  Following the conclusion of today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, Senator Susan Collins released this statement:  —  “Like our closest allies, the United States' Armed Forces …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Collins says 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal must wait for tax cuts
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Dem congressman: Afghanistan conflict ‘not a winnable war’  —  With President Obama on the ground in Afghanistan Friday, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) declared the U.S.-led war in that country unwinnable.  —  In an appearance on MSNBC's “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, the Democrat said the war …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
President Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Unannounced Visit
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
Fhardingj / CNN:
Palin book signing a tightly controlled operation  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Members of the media and book-toting Sarah Palin supporters were asked to follow a surprisingly strict set of guidelines Friday as the former Alaska governor appeared in South Carolina on the final stop …
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New Jersey Closer to Sales of Medical Marijuana  —  A standoff between Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and advocates for medical marijuana has ended in a compromise that could put marijuana on the market for seriously ill patients by next summer.  —  The new regulations, announced on Friday …
Mary Clare Jalonick / hosted2.ap.org:
Hold the brownies!  Bill could limit bake sales … WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't touch my brownies!  —  A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Viacom Says YouTube Ruling Will ‘Completely Destroy’ Copyright  —  Viacom appealed Friday its unsuccessful $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google's YouTube in a case testing the depths of copyright-infringement protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
Discussion: Techdirt and Outside the Beltway
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
O'Donnell had nearly $1 million left  —  Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell criticized the national GOP for not spending money on her campaign, but the long-shot Senate nominee was sitting on a mountain of cash.  —  O'Donnell reported having $924,800 in the bank after the election was over …
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum, CNN and Ballot Box
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The new humane: killing terrorists instead of capturing them  —  Over the years, I have warned that the attempts to shoehorn wartime operations against terrorists through criminal courts would produce distorted decisions on fighting, especially on the desirability of capturing terrorists.
Discussion: theblogprof
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 …
Douglas Holtz-Eakin / National Review:
The November Employment Report: A Wake-up Call  —  Awful.  That's the best one can say about the November employment report.  The headline — that unemployment jumped to 9.8 percent — is not really the bad news.  If and when the economy does catch fire, droves of discouraged workers …
Cubachi:
Karl Rove to Palin and Huckabee: Stop with the ‘Blue Bloods’ talk  —  Laura Ingraham asked Karl Rove for his opinion about Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin's accusation that the establishment republicans are circling the wagons and taking shots at outsiders, trying to take them down.
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Karl Rove Slams Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee Over Bush-Bashing Comments
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
 
 
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Offers Hope for Debt Panel's Plan
Discussion: The Confluence and The Politico
Jane Roberts / The Commercial Appeal:
Teach for America recruits produce higher test scores, get better results
Discussion: PostPartisan and Joanne Jacobs
Adam Ozimek / Modeled Behavior:
The mortgage interest deduction: winners and losers
Discussion: Mother Jones
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Work of the National Commission …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonk Room
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Groupon Annual Revenues Actually $2 Billion
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
FAIL: Fiscal Commission Adjourns Without Holding Official Vote
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama issues first pardons of presidency, four in cocaine cases
Discussion: The Politico
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
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
UN Climate Summit Leader Prays to Mayan Moon Goddess
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables claim first scalp as German minister's aide is sacked
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Clarence Thomas' wife: I'm not leaving my Tea Party organization
Discussion: The Caucus and Law Blog