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5:20 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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Weigel:
Just How Big of a Dive is Obama Taking on Tax Cuts?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Yglesias
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Obama's Tax-Cut Retreat, Through Two Lenses
First Read /
First Thoughts: Done deal?
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Tea party group wants Palin for RNC  —  Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips sent a letter to former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin asking her to run for chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.  —  “In order for the tea party, conservative movement to be successful …
The Note:
Sarah Palin Passes On RNC  —  ABC News' John Berman and Mary Bruce report:  —  Sarah Palin isn't running...for one job at least.  She doesn't appear to be a candidate to Chair the Republican National Committee.  —  The activist group Tea Party Nation, planned on sending a letter to Palin pleading for her to run.
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:   ON ‘ALASKA,’ PALIN GOES HUNTING
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%.
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 …
Elizabeth Edwards seriously ill  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has spread, and her health has deteriorated, multiple sources told WRAL News Monday.  —  Edwards, 61, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, was briefly hospitalized recently …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
Elizabeth Edwards's Cancer Spreads
Discussion: TPMDC and New York Magazine
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 …
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 …
The Note:
Spending cuts?  From these guys?  Republicans Poised to Make “Prince of Pork” Appropriations Chair  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  This week House Republicans will choose committee chairman for the incoming Congress, the leaders who, in large measure, will define the new Republican majority.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
3 Republicans in Race to Lead Appropriations
Discussion: Political Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange, Information Anarchist  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hopes to hobble the U.S. government.  —  Whatever else WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accomplished, he's ended the era of innocent optimism about the Web.  As wiki innovator Larry Sanger put it in a message to WikiLeaks …
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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Kathy Griffin Gets Booed By U.S. Troops After Calling Bristol Palin Fat  —  Comedian and self-proclaimed “D-lister” Kathy Griffin hosted VH1 Divas Salute the Troops which was taped for an audience of servicemen at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California, and aired last night.
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.
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 …
David Rose / Daily Mail:
What happened to the ‘warmest year on record’: The truth is global warming has halted  —  A year ago tomorrow, just before the opening of the UN Copenhagen world climate summit, the British Meteorological Office issued a confident prediction.  The mean world temperature for 2010, it announced …
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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Inhofe: ‘Why Do They Always Pick On The Christians?’  —  Last week, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) announced that he would refuse to participate in Tulsa's “Holiday Parade of Lights” because the city had renamed the parade, replacing “Christmas” with “Holiday.”  After taking part in the parade every year …
Matt Yglesias / Yglesias:
Morning in America  —  Just a reminder that though the “morning in America” recovery that led Ronald Reagan to a landslide re-election in 1984 certainly represented a rapid amelioration of conditions, in absolute terms the labor market in '84 was actually still pretty bad:
Discussion: News Hounds and Eschaton
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.
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