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12:35 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
Washington Post:
GOP leaders hint at compromise on tax cuts, jobless benefits
Discussion: The Reaction and Daily Kos
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party group wants Palin for RNC  —  The Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has sent a letter to former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin asking her to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee.  —  “In order for the Tea Party/Conservative movement to be successful …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Hill and FrumForum
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.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC General Counsel Quits
Discussion: The Fix, Politics Daily and FrumForum
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
After censure, Rangel faces new ethics probe  —  Censured Rep. Charles Rangel is not in the clear yet when it comes to his ethics problems: he faces a Federal Election Commission (FEC) probe into alleged misuse of campaign funds for his legal defense.  —  The FEC, according to the New York Post …
Discussion: FrumForum
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rangel could face more charges
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
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.
The Politico:
Dems aim for 100+ bills in 1 swoop  —  Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Worls Committee has threatened to block swift approval of a land and water omnibus bill if it includes, for example, the version of the Chesapeake Bay protection bill that passed …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Dems aim for 100+ bills in 1 swoop
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
High court ruling on Arizona act could shape immigration law
Discussion: Wonk Room
Saudi women's veil versus modernity  —  Husband has not seen wife's face despite 10 years of marriage  —  After nearly 10 years of marriage that produced five children, Mufleh Mohammed of Saudi Arabia still has not seen his wife's face.  —  Mohammed Hilal, another Saudi husband …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Saudi man has never seen his wife's face after ten years of marriage
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Interview, Bernanke Backs Tax Code Shift  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday evening that rising inequality was eroding social cohesion and that Congress could help economic growth by making the tax code more efficient.
Discussion: The Page
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
BERNANKE: Growing Inequality Is Destroying America
Discussion: naked capitalism
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%.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Moonbattery and Pirate's Cove
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
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.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive: Gen. Petraeus Not ‘Sure’ Victory in Afghanistan by 2014  —  In my exclusive interview with General David Petraeus he was encouraged by the progress made since President Obama's surge of forces into Afghanistan, but is he confident that the Afghan army can take the lead from U.S. forces by NATO's 2014 deadline?
Washington Post:
Afghan poll shows falling confidence in U.S. efforts to secure country
Discussion: FrumForum
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Incoming GOP freshmen rapidly embracing big-money fundraisers
Andrew Becker / Washington Post:
Unusual methods helped ICE break deportation record, e-mails and interviews show
Discussion: Yglesias and National Review
Billy Graham /
Dec. 5: McConnell, Kerry, roundtable
Discussion: Swampland and Right Turn
Firas Al-Atraqchi / The Huffington Post:
Red Sea Sharks Made in Israel?
Watch: Oops! Obama Gets Tongue-Tied
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Despite losses, DCCC promotes staffer to top job
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Noah's Ark, the Theme Park
Meris Lutz / Los Angeles Times:
Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Tom / Manifest Density:
more efficiency means less profit
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Yglesias
Clarence B. Jones / The Huffington Post:
Time to Think the Unthinkable: A Democratic Primary Challenge To Obama's Reelection
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
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Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
Hugo Chavez blames massive flooding on capitalism as 70,000 remain …