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10:45 PM ET, December 7, 2010


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Ezra Klein:
How the White House cut its deal and lost its base  —  If you look at the numbers alone, the tax cut deal looks to have robbed Republicans blind.  The GOP got around $95 billion in tax cuts for wealthy Americans and $30 billion in estate tax cuts.  Democrats got $120 billion in payroll-tax cuts …
The Huffington Post:
Mary Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell’ Plan Is ‘Almost Morally Corrupt’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Sen. Mary Landrieu, a conservative Democratic from Louisiana, lashed out Tuesday at President Obama's deal with congressional Republicans that allows tax cuts for the wealthy to be extended for two years.
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Obama: On the way to a failed presidency?  —  Ronald Reagan famously quipped that the Democratic Party left him before he left the party.  Like many progressive supporters of Barack Obama, I'm beginning to have the same feeling about this president.  —  Consider what we've seen since …
New York Times:
Democrats Skeptical of Obama on New Tax Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday strongly defended his tax cut deal with Congressional Republicans against intense criticism from his own party, insisting it was “a good deal for the American people.”  —  Enlarge This Image
The Hill:
Pelosi escalates criticism of tax-cut deal  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) escalated the Democratic criticism of the tax cut deal President Obama struck with Republicans and singled out the GOP-favored estate tax proposal as “a bridge too far.”  —  Pelosi, speaking to reporters …
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Tax Deal Opponents Shut Down White House Phones  —  Liberal activists angry about President Barack Obama's concession on tax cuts for upper-income Americans crashed two phone lines at the White House and are gearing up for another onslaught of calls to Senate Democratic leaders in an eleventh-hour push to kill the deal.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Obama supporters strongly opposed to deal extending Bush tax cuts  —  Okay, we now have our first poll measuring the impact on the Democratic base of Obama's support for a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts.  Suffice it to say this is a major, make-or-break issue …
Paul Krugman:
The Deal  —  So the tax deal is out.  Obama extracted …
Free exchange:
Did Barack Obama lose a political battle but win a war?
Discussion: Economist's View
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Tax Deal  —  I am generally pleased with the compromise …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Felix Salmon
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Senior White House Official: ‘We Wanted a Fight,’ …
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell Plan’
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Cafe Hayek
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:   President Obama to Democrats: It's Not Enough to Have 'a Purist …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Obama sells out the left: a Republican win on taxes
Raleigh News & Observer:
Cancer claims Elizabeth Edwards  —  Elizabeth Edwards, author of ‘Saving Graces’ , greets and autographs copies of her book for the community in 2006.  —  Elizabeth Anania Edwards, who became a national figure in her fight against cancer and as a partner in her husband John's political career, died today.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
A Political Life Filled With Cruel Reversals  —  Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate's marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly …
The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer  —  Elizabeth Edwards died at her Chapel Hill, N.C. home Tuesday.  She was 61.  Courtesy  —  Elizabeth Edwards, who remade the role of the political spouse for a new media age, died Tuesday after a six-year struggle with cancer at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Think Progress:
The Legacy Of Elizabeth Edwards  —  ThinkProgress is devastated and heartbroken to hear that the health of our dear friend and colleague Elizabeth Edwards has deteriorated, as she wages her courageous battle against breast cancer.  A long-time advocate of universal health care …
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Reuters:   Elizabeth Edwards dies
Elizabeth Edwards / WTVD-TV:
Elizabeth Edwards dead of cancer at 61
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer at age 61
Discussion: The Politico
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Julian Assange's Great Luck  —  Why his arrest and jailing in the United Kingdom is good news for him.  —  A U.K. magistrates' court denied Julian Assange bail and jailed him this morning over charges filed in Sweden that he had violated sex laws in that country last summer.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-WikiLeaks lies and propaganda - from TNR, Lauer, Feinstein and more
New York Times:
British Court Denies Bail to Assange
Michele Bachmann and DeMint: Not so fast on that agreement with Obama on Bush tax cuts  —  Conservatives, tea partiers, and republicans have worked diligently and effectively to give the republican party its larget house win in years.  We now get an extension of the Bush tax cuts for two years …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
GOP taps Hal Rogers for House Appropriates Committee Chair
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
DeMint To Oppose “the Deal”
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Seminal Moment  —  Let's be honest with each other here: Presidential press conferences are usually news voids into which a lot of ink and chatter are dumped.  —  But Obama's press conference this afternoon will be seen as a turning point if not in his Presidency then in how we understand and perceive him and his approach to politics.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama administers a stern scolding to lefty critics  —  I noted this morning that Obama's strategy going forward will be to position himself as Washington's lone resident adult in a town full of squabbling children on right and left, and at his presser just now, Obama offered a surprisingly stern …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Klobuchar Formidable  —  Amy Klobuchar is overwhelmingly popular and would cruise to reelection at this point pretty much no matter who her Republican opponent was.  —  Klobuchar's approval rating is 59% with only 29% of voters disapproving of her.  She is universally well liked by the Democratic base …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama solid in Michigan
Nancy Altman / Nancy Altman's myFDL diary:
The End of Social Security  —  President Obama and the Republicans will say that the payroll tax holiday is all about stimulating the economy.  But don't be fooled.  According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,extending the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, is a much better, more targeted stimulus.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
One More Nail In The Social Security Coffin
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Smoking Gun:
Palin Success Triggered FCC Complaints  —  Voting, hug angered “Dancing with the Stars” viewers … In the days after Bristol Palin was voted into the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” viewers from across the country wrote to the Federal Communications Commission accusing the ABC show …
Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
More Health Waivers  —  The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.  —  One of the more recognizable business names included on the newly-expanded list of waivers issued …
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The Politico:
Harry Reid tries to add online poker to tax bill
Discussion: National Review
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
As Voinovich leaves Senate, he sees a deficit of good sense
Ben Howe / RedState:
When is a Compromise not a Compromise?  —  As Daniel Mitchell …
Discussion: YID With LID and CNSNews
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Newt Gingrich Tries to Cash in on Pearl Harbor Anniversary
The White House:
Press Conference by the President James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
James Pethokoukis:
Secret GOP plan: Push states to declare bankruptcy and smash unions
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Shariah at the Kumback Café  —  PERRY, OKLAHOMA …
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Priebus nabs key endorsement in RNC race
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The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Christie's bully act getting old
Discussion: Hot Air and Salon