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1:55 PM ET, December 6, 2010


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Not Make a Deal  —  Back in 2001, former President George W. Bush pulled a fast one.  He wanted to enact an irresponsible tax cut, largely for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans.  But there were Senate rules in place designed to prevent that kind of irresponsibility.
New York Times:
Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials and Congressional Republicans said Sunday they were closing in on a deal to temporarily continue the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels, while bitterly frustrated Democratic Congressional leaders …
First Read /
First Thoughts: Done deal?  —  White House and Senate GOPers close in on deal to temporarily extend all the Bush tax cuts in return for an extension on jobless benefits... How did we get here?  Two explanations: 1) the votes aren't there for Democrats, and 2) the economy is worse off …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:   An Effective Presentation of the Dems' Tax-Cut Case
The Politico:
Mike Huckabee wants some respect  —  Dial down the deafening Sarah Palin buzz for just a moment: The most consequential decision in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes could be whether Mike Huckabee decides to run again - and associates say the former Arkansas governor may well take the plunge.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party group wants Palin for RNC  —  The Tea Party Nation has sent a letter to the former Alaska governor asking her to run for chairwoman.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tea Party Nation Calls On Sarah Palin To Run For RNC Chair  —  The national Tea Party Nation group is planning to send a letter to Sarah Palin asking the former governor of Alaska and John McCain sidekick to run for chair of the Republican National Committee.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Here's an Idea: Sarah Palin for Republican Party Chair
Discussion: National Review
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Rulings set on Wal-Mart, warming (final UPDATE, 11:58 a.m.)  —  The Supreme Court stepped into two major controversies on Monday, agreeing to sort out when a class-action lawsuit may be filed when employees are seeking back pay for alleged workplace discrimination, and to clarify whether companies claimed …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wal-Mart Bias Case Appeal
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
High court ruling on Arizona act could shape immigration law
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Wonk Room
List of facilities ‘vital to US security’ leaked  —  Ningbo port in south-eastern China, one of the facilities on the US list  —  A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF TWO WEEKS ISN'T ENOUGH, MAKE IT THREE.... Based on the current schedule, the Senate Democratic leadership intends to wrap the lame-duck session on Dec. 17 — a week from Friday.  Given this extremely tight calendar, and Republican delaying tactics, a whole lot of observers on both sides …
Discussion: Eschaton and Washington Post
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman wants Senate to stay in session until it repeals 'Don't ask' policy
Discussion: The Politico, ThinkProgress and TPMDC
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%.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Reince Priebus runs for RNC chairman  —  Backers see Priebus's past in Steele's kitchen cabinet as a benefit.  Rivals say the ties may hurt him.  AP Photo  —  Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus entered the race to lead the Republican National Committee on Monday morning …
Discussion: Hotline On Call, and TPMDC
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC General Counsel Quits
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
BERNANKE: Growing Inequality Is Destroying America  —  Ben Bernanke addressed the country's growing wealth-and-income inequality in his 60 Minutes interview.  —  He's not a fan.  —  Here's Sewell Chan in the NYT:  —  When asked about rising inequality in the United States …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Interview, Bernanke Backs Tax Code Shift
Discussion: The Page
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Short goodnight expected for the DREAM Act during lame duck  —  The DREAM Act — a priority of Democrats in both Congress and the White House — faces a difficult future in the lame duck.  —  Even as Democrats in both chambers prepare to consider the measure this week …
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Taegan Goddard's …
Mark Halperin / Time:
What Obama Needs to Come Back: Nothing Short of Luck  —  The coalition that got Barack Obama elected President just two years ago has been shattered.  Gaming out the trajectory of the next two years can be done any number of ways, but Obama's efforts to rebuild a politically robust alliance will be the most telling.
What I've Learned  —  We can't keep politics out of school reform.  Why I'm launching a national movement to transform education.  —  Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says she's not done fighting.  —  After my boss, Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, lost his primary in September, I was stunned.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Right wing declares war on the poor: Kate O'Beirne calls parents of school lunch recipients child abusers  —  I'm speechless.  This little rant by Kate O'Beirne at a Republican strategy session is so evil, so incredibly cold-hearted, and so predictably right-wing that it makes me want to shove …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
The Fed Has a $110 Billion Problem with New Benjamins  —  A significant production problem with new high-tech $100 bills has caused government printers to shut down production of the new notes and to quarantine more than one billion of the bills in huge vaults in Fort Worth, Texas and Washington, DC, CNBC has learned.
Discussion: Corrente
Meris Lutz / Los Angeles Times:
Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says  —  They have mixed feelings about the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, the survey shows.  —  Supporters of the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood protest in El Mahalla el Kubra, Egypt, last week on election day.  (Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters / November 28, 2010)
Kirk Mitchell / Denver Post:
In visit to Denver, Jeb Bush says he doesn't agree with Arizona's immigration law  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said if his children walked the streets of Phoenix they might look awfully suspicious to police.  His wife, Columba, is from Mexico.  —  Harvard professor Robert Putnam told …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
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Wesley Donehue / Process Story:
The S.C. presidential primary primaries: Consultant free agency begins
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Rose / Daily Mail:
What happened to the ‘warmest year on record’: The truth is global …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Can Democrats step up their game?
Discussion: Cafe Hayek, Ballot Box and Daily Kos
James Hohmann / The Politico:
McConnell: 'Don't ask, don't tell' debate will be pushed to 2011
Discussion: Wonk Room
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Kathy Griffin Gets Booed By U.S. Troops After Calling Bristol Palin Fat
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
France Finds Continental Guilty in Crash of Concorde
Andrew Becker / Washington Post:
Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show
Discussion: Yglesias and National Review
Firas Al-Atraqchi / The Huffington Post:
Red Sea Sharks Made in Israel?
 Earlier Items: 
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Despite losses, DCCC promotes staffer to top job
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and The Other McCain
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Noah's Ark, the Theme Park
The Politico:
Dems aim for 100+ bills in 1 swoop
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
David Frum, Speech Policeman