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10:10 AM ET, December 8, 2010


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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Obama, Tax Deal Is a Back-Door Stimulus Plan  —  A year ago, President Obama and the Democrats made the mistake of assuming that an economic recovery was under way.  This week's deal to extend the Bush tax cuts shows that the White House's top priority is avoiding the same mistake again …
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 …
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
DeMint To Oppose “the Deal”  —  Senator JimDeMint just announced on my program that he will oppose the deal as well as a vote for cloture on the deal.  He is reluctant to criticize GOP Senate leadership, but believes the deal at a minimum has to be paid for, and that we need “a permanent economy” …
The Politico:
Harry Reid tries to add online poker to tax bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to use the tax cut package President Barack Obama brokered with Republicans to legalize online poker, POLITICO has learned — a move that could further complicate the deal Obama announced Monday.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Tax Package Will Aid Nearly All, Especially Highest Earners  —  The deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years includes a bevy of additional credits and deductions that will reduce the burden on nearly all households.  —  But the tax benefits will flow most heavily to the highest earners …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Support Two Major Elements of Tax Compromise
The Huffington Post:
Mary Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell’ Plan Is ‘Almost Morally Corrupt’
The Hill:
Democrats to draw line at estate tax after Obama's deal with Republicans
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Dresses Down ‘Sanctimonious’ And ‘Purist’ Progressives (VIDEO)
Discussion: TBogg
The Hill:
Pelosi escalates criticism of tax-cut deal
Discussion: National Review
The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Rip Obama's Tax Cut Deal
Discussion: Guardian and Towleroad News #gay
New York Times:
Obama Defends Tax Deal, but His Party Stays Hostile
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell calls extending jobless benefits a ‘tragedy’  —  Christine O'Donnell on Tuesday compared the “tragedy” of extending unemployment benefits to Pearl Harbor and the death of Elizabeth Edwards.  —  “Today marks a lot of tragedy,” O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed GOP Senate candidate from Delaware …
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama Goes Medieval on the Left  —  Damn.  I skipped Obama's press conference today, but I guess that was a big mistake.  If my Twitter feed is anything to go by, progressive heads were exploding all over the intertubes.  Here is Philip Klein's summary:
Tom Hauser / KSTP-TV:
Emmer to Concede, Dayton Poised to Become Gov. Elect  —  5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned Republican Tom Emmer will concede the governor's race to Democrat Mark Dayton in a news conference tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in his hometown of Delano.
Emmer to concede election to Dayton
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Dayton poised to win the recount
Discussion: Ballot Box and Shot in the Dark
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.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Murmurs of Primary Challenge to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's compromise with Republicans on extending tax cuts for the wealthy, which his self-described progressive critics see as a profound betrayal, is bound to intensify a debate that has been bubbling up on liberal blogs …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At CNN, Talk Show Tensions  —  In one sweeping move, the 8 p.m. political talk show “Parker Spitzer” could have turned around CNN's flailing prime-time ratings, publicly rehabilitated the fallen New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and turned his co-host Kathleen Parker into a television star.
Obama's Deal to Extend High-Earner Tax Cuts Unpopular in Poll  —  Americans don't approve of keeping the breaks for upper-income taxpayers that are part of the deal President Barack Obama brokered with congressional Republicans, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Pejman Yousefzadeh / A Chequer-Board of Nights …:
In Which Thomas Friedman Insults the Chinese By Pretending That He Can Think Like Them  —  Let's go to the tape: … Where to begin?  —  First off, fight over “how and where an airport security officer can touch” Americans is one that goes to the very core of privacy concerns that have been part …
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
New McCain, New DREAM.  —  John McCain has co-sponsored several previous versions of the DREAM Act, including the far more liberal 2003 version that didn't have an age cap.  The much narrower legislation under consideration this year, which would offer a path to citizenship for immigrants …
Deserving of the DREAM  —  In the spring, when college admission letters arrive, America's local newspapers are filled with articles about students who have persevered against the odds, excelled at school and in their communities and made it into leading colleges and universities.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Carl Zimmer / Slate:
Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.  —  On Thursday, Dec. 2, Rosie Redfield sat down to read a new paper called, “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.”  Despite its innocuous title, the paper had great ambitions.
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