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2:50 AM ET, December 5, 2010


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHY COMPROMISE WITH THESE GUYS IS IMPOSSIBLE, PART MCCXVII.... I can only hope folks in the West Wing take a moment to consider what incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told Slate's John Dickerson the other day. … Ryan went on to say Republicans sent some letters …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Lawmakers Weigh Deal to Extend Tax Cuts for All  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Saturday rejected President Obama's proposal to let tax rates rise for the highest-income Americans, as Republicans held firm in their push to continue all of the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.  —  Multimedia
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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.
The Politico:
Now it's all or nothing on tax cuts  —  “It became apparent the second time we met that actually there weren't going to be any bipartisan negotiations to reach a decision until there had been a political catharsis on the Democratic side,” said Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who was tapped for a bipartisan working group led by the administration.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Power Line
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Reid on schedule: No Christmas work
Discussion: The Politico
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Senate Blocks Democrats on Middle Class Tax Cut; Obama Still Confident of Deal
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Daily Mail:
Narnia fans' fury after Liam Neeson claims Aslan - the symbol of Christ - could also be Mohammed  —  The much-loved children's stories have an unapologetic Christian message.  —  C. S. Lewis was clear that the character of Aslan in his Chronicles of Narnia is based on Christ.
New York Times:
Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web  —  As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.
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Discussion: Power Line
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics  —  Sarah Palin has found a new opponent to debate: John F. Kennedy.  —  In her new book, “America by Heart,” Palin objects to my uncle's famous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Merkley Lays Out A Course For Reforming The Filibuster In The Next Senate: ‘Mark This Date On Your Calendar’  —  Earlier this year, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) delivered an address about conservative obstruction at the Center for American Progress Action Fund titled “Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction?
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: Sky Dancing, Eunomia and Vox Popoli
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
US blocks access to WikiLeaks for federal workers
Discussion: Federal Eye and AMERICAblog News
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
72 super PACs spent $83.7 million on election, financial disclosure reports show
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post:
Obama Issues First Pardons Of His Presidency
Discussion: Daily Kos and FrumForum
Clinton charm falls flat with Iranian minister
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate GOP Blocks Consideration of Tax Plan Extending Rates …
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Obama signs stopgap measure to keep government running for another 15 days
Discussion: Politics Daily
Shane D'Aprile / The Hill:
Dem congressman: Afghanistan conflict ‘not a winnable war’
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Was President Obama endangered by premature news reports of his …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and New York Times
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The new humane: killing terrorists instead of capturing them
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and theblogprof