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2:35 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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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate rejects million-dollar tax-cut compromise in Saturday session  —  United Senate Republicans joined a small handful of Democrats on Saturday to defeat a pair of proposals to extend some of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Graham: GOP ‘made some pretty poor choices’ for Senate candidates this fall  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Republicans “made some pretty poor choices” in choosing their Senate candidates this fall.  —  Graham, in a Senate floor speech on Saturday, made an aside comment underscoring …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Senate Republicans Block Democrats Middle Class Tax Cut Plan … Republican senators led a filibuster 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: ThinkProgress
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid on schedule: No Christmas work  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday said Democrats plan to move forward next week on several votes including the DREAM act to establish U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.  —  Speaking midway through …
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
Democratic procedural votes on extending Bush tax cuts fail in Senate  —  Washington (CNN) — Two Senate procedural votes on Democratic measures to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for people who are not super wealthy failed on Saturday, preventing the measures from moving forward.
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 …
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 …
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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
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
President Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Unannounced Visit
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy  —  WE'RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews.  But the recently released film “Fair Game” - which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq - deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it.
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
Michael Lerner / Washington Post:
Save Obama - by running against him  —  People who used to say, “Give President Obama more time” when the president was criticized for capitulating to the right, or who argued that Obama must have a plan to turn things around, are now largely depressed and angry.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
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
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 …
Jeffrey T. Kuhner / Washington Times:
Assassinate Assange  —  Web provocateur undermines war on terror, threatens American lives  —  Julian Assange poses a clear and present danger to American national security.  The WikiLeaks founder is more than a reckless provocateur.  He is aiding and abetting terrorists in their war against America.
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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:
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Praveen Swami / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama issues first pardons of presidency, four in cocaine cases
Discussion: The Politico
Cubachi:
Karl Rove to Palin and Huckabee: Stop with the ‘Blue Bloods’ talk
Dan Horn / Cincinnati.com:
Driehaus sues anti-abortion group
Discussion: Ballot Box