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4:20 PM ET, December 5, 2010


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Frank Rich / New York Times:
All the President's Captors  —  THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin.  It explains that hostage takers are most successful …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
G.O.P. Leader Sees Outlines of a Deal on Taxes  —  After thwarting efforts to raise taxes on America's top earners, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, predicted Sunday that Congress would retain the expiring Bush-era tax cuts for a limited number of years and might …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
McConnell says deal likely over tax cuts and jobless benefits  —  Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said Sunday that a deal is likely on extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, along with unemployment benefits that have expired.  —  However, Senate Minority Leader …
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Signals Openness To a Tax-Cut Deal
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Fox News:
WikiLeaks Ready to Release Giant ‘Insurance’ File if Shut Down  —  Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has circulated across the internet an encrypted “poison pill” cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay.  —  One of the files identified this weekend …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Terrorism and Fear  —  Apparently the National Park Service is trying to think of ways to bring a higher level of security to the Washington Monument in order to protect it against terrorist attacks.  But Bruce Schneier has a different idea.  He thinks we should just shut it down:
New York Times:
Cables Suggest Mideast Resists U.S. on Cutting Terrorists' Cash
Daniel W. Drezner:
So how's the global jihad going?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vanity Fair
New York Times:
Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis  —  The State of Illinois is still paying off billions in bills that it got from schools and social service providers last year.  Arizona recently stopped paying for certain organ transplants for people in its Medicaid program.
Michael M. Gleeson / The Hill:
Dem: We could have let economy fall and been in majority for 40 years  —  Retiring Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) said that Democrats wisely passed the 2008 financial rescue bill, but it cost them politically.  —  Addressing the economic collapse of 2008 and the subsequent passage …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Tension grows between Calif. Muslims, FBI after informant infiltrates mosque  —  IRVINE, CALIF. - Before the sun rose, the informant donned a white Islamic robe.  A tiny camera was sewn into a button, and a microphone was buried in a device attached to his keys.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Paul Krugman:
Not Crass, Class  —  Karl Smith sort of takes issue with my point about how Social Security is a favorite target of the Beltway crowd, because it's not important to anyone they know.  “I doubt anyone thinks about it in such crass terms,” he writes.  —  Actually, there's more crassness …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Yglesias and Mother Jones
Danny Ayalon / Jerusalem Post:
Expressing gratitude  —  This is Israel's hour of need and nations across the world did not disappoint.  —  Talkbacks (9)  — Facebook  — Twitter  —  Over these last few painful, shocking days, there has been a shining light through the dark, ashfilled skies elicited by the rampant fires …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Wake up America
Netanyahu, Abbas hold rare phone chat over Carmel fire
Discussion: The Washington Note
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
What if the Secrets Stayed Secret?  —  I READ the Monday New York Times with what can only be described as a sinking feeling.  —  Here on display, based on yet another WikiLeaks release, was the breathtaking disclosure of American diplomats' highly sensitive internal communications about friends and enemies.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Examiner Sunday Reflections by Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Obama presidency turns government up to 11  —  President Obama's term so far has been compared to many fictional and non-fictional characters: Chauncey Gardener of “Being There” is frequently invoked, along with the self-invented charmer Don Draper from …
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Video of Helen Thomas Anti-Semitic Speech Delivered 12-2 in Dearborn, MI  —  Most Americans were horrified by Helen Thomas' latest round of anti-Semitic hatred, which ironically were made at an Islamic anti-bias forum.  For example, Thomas' alma mater, gave out a Wayne State University Helen Thomas Spirit …
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Rebekah Metzler / Kennebec Journal:
Mr. LePage goes to Washington
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Gingrich ‘more inclined’ to run in 2012
Discussion: CNN and Gawker
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Once a goalie, Tim Pawlenty plays offense
Discussion: Power Line
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Else Would $60 Billion Buy?
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Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
It's the Big Questions That Slow Growth
Calculated Risk:
Participation Rate of 25 to 54 Age Men at Record Low
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Chris Christie  —  national security jobs economy finance MSM …
Discussion: Power Line