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11:50 PM ET, December 6, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
An imperfect, but not-that-bad, deal on the tax cuts  —  The White House and the Republicans are pretty close to a final deal on the Bush tax cuts.  Here are the specifics, though it's worth saying that as near as this is to completion, it's still not done, and so it could change:
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Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Obama and GOP reach deal on two-year extension of Bush tax cuts for all incomes  —  President Obama and congressional Republicans have reached a tentative deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for all income levels and are presenting the proposal to congressional Democrats Monday afternoon, The Daily Caller has learned.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Obama Agrees To Extend All Bush Tax Cuts And Cut Estate Tax In Deal With Republicans  —  The White House just announced that it has settled on the details of the deal it's been cooking up with Congressional Republicans over the coming expiration of the Bush tax cuts.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Tax-cut deal reached between Obama, Republicans  —  President Obama and congressional Republicans agreed Monday to a tentative deal that would extend for two years all the Bush-era income tax breaks set to expire on Dec. 31, continue unemployment benefits for an additional 13 months …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Tax Cut Deal Includes Monstrous Estate Tax, Dividend Concession  —  I don't think we should jump on this fully until we see a full solution.  But enough of the usual suspects have signaled that a tax cut deal is imminent, with the same broad contours, that we should take a look at the particulars.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Proposes Payroll-Tax Holiday  —  WASHINGTON—Aides to President Barack Obama are proposing a one-year reduction in the payroll tax as part of negotiations with Congress on a broader package to stave off income-tax increases due to take effect next year.
Ezra Klein:
The Bush tax cuts in one chart  —  It's time, I think, to repost this chart showing how much taxpayers at different income levels would get from the Democratic plan, which was to simply extend the cuts for income under $250,000, and the Republican plan, which was to extend the cuts for everyone:
Ezra Klein:
Can the White House win in 2012 by losing on the Bush tax cuts now?  —  The compromise the White House is negotiating on the Bush tax cut is looking more and more like the White House's opening gambit in the 2012 campaign.  —  The White House has stopped negotiating for ideal …
Andrew Samwick / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
If This Is Working Together, I'll Take Gridlock  —  A weak economy is not an excuse to spend money we don't have on things we don't need.  I am with Stan on this tax cut deal.  And Paul Krugman, for that matter.  I repeat my view that the Bush era tax cuts should expire on schedule.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Not Make a Deal  —  Back in 2001, former President George W. Bush pulled a fast one.
Ezra Klein:
Why aren't the Democrats using reconciliation to pass the tax cuts?
Ezra Klein:
Who graduates, who votes and who's unemployed — in one graph
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann: GOP could scuttle tax deal tied to extending jobless aid
David Weigel / Weigel:
Just How Big of a Dive is Obama Taking on Tax Cuts?
The Huffington Post:
Tax Cut Deal: White House, GOP Leaders Close To Agreement
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Caucus:   Deal Would Reportedly Drop a Tax Credit
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama's Outline of Possible Yet Not Quite Done Deal …
Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama: We will protect key tax cuts
The Caucus:
Deal on Bush Tax Cuts Trims Payroll Levy
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama, GOP strike deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts by two years
Discussion: The Hill and The Nation
Jill / Feministe:
Some thoughts on “sex by surprise”  —  There's a lot going around in bloglandia and on the interwebs about WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange's sexual assault charge in Sweden; commentators are saying that Assange didn't really rape anyone, and these are trumped-up charges of “sex by surprise …
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Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange, Information Anarchist
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Elizabeth Edwards's Cancer Spreads  —  Elizabeth Edwards's cancer fight has taken a turn for the worse, with the disease spreading to her liver and doctors recommending against additional treatment.  —  “Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive.
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
TRENDING: Elizabeth Edwards stops cancer treatment, releases statement  —  (CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards is surrounded by family and friends in her North Carolina home after being informed by her doctors that further cancer treatment would be unproductive.  —  “Elizabeth has been advised …
Discussion: The Page
WRAL-TV:
Elizabeth Edwards seriously ill
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Edwards Won't Receive Anymore Cancer Treatment
Discussion: American Power
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Kennedy Still Highest-Rated Modern President, Nixon Lowest  —  Jimmy Carter's retrospective approval rating and rank drop from 2006  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Of the nine U.S. presidents who have served in the past 50 years, John F. Kennedy continues to earn the highest retrospective job approval rating from Americans, now 85%.
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Bush job approval rating higher than Obama's  —  George W. Bush's job approval rating is 1 point higher than Barack Obama's.  —  George W. Bush's job approval rating as president has spiked to 47 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.  —  That's one point higher …
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Wall Street Journal:   Supreme Court Set to Review CO2 Suits
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Rulings set on Wal-Mart, warming (final UPDATE, 11:58 a.m.)
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
TX GOP Official Opposes Jewish House Speaker: Christians ‘Are The People That Do The Best Jobs’  —  Last month, several Tea Party activists formed a right-wing coalition to oust Rep. Joe Straus (R) as Texas House Speaker.  They began circulating emails with anti-Semitic messages against Straus, who is Jewish.
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: U.S. taxes  —  Stephen Culp has another striking chart today:  —  This chart should be ingrained in the mind of anybody who cares about fiscal policy.  The main things to note:  — Federal taxes are the lowest in 60 years, which gives you a pretty good idea …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Gov. Gary Johnson: I Smoked Marijuana from 2005 to 2008  —  The former New Mexico governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.  —  Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate …
MiniTru / Media Matters for America:
CNN's Beck to first-ever Muslim congressman: “[W]hat I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies’ ”  —  EXPAND ALL EXPAND 1ST LEVEL COLLAPSE ALL
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:   Glenn Beck Guesses 10% Of Muslims Are Terrorists (UPDATE)
 
 
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