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2:55 AM ET, December 8, 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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Obama Defends Tax Deal, but His Party Stays Hostile  —  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
Free exchange:
Did Barack Obama lose a political battle but win a war?  —  THE number crunchers have had their first stab at Monday's tax deal and the economic impact is impressive.  Goldman Sachs now thinks the economy will grow as much as one percentage points faster next year than its current forecast of 2.7% …
The Hill:
Pelosi escalates criticism of tax-cut deal
Discussion: TigerHawk and National Review
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell Plan’
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Cafe Hayek
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Obama: On the way to a failed presidency?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: Dems could ‘walk out’ on tax cut deal
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.
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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
Discussion: Guardian and Sky Dancing
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: TBogg
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cbpp.org:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Discussion: The New Republic
Digby / Hullabaloo:
One More Nail In The Social Security Coffin
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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” …
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Cubachi:
Michele Bachmann and DeMint: Not so fast on that agreement …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
GOP taps Hal Rogers for House Appropriates Committee Chair
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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 …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama Goes Medieval on the Left
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Commentary
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.
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Special Report: STD fears sparked case against WikiLeaks boss
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-WikiLeaks lies and propaganda - from TNR, Lauer, Feinstein and more
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
U.S. abandons effort to get new Israel settlement freeze  —  The United States has decided to abandon an effort to persuade Israel to issue a new temporary West Bank settlement moratorium in order for direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN and War in Context
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Keith Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drops Demand on Israel in Setback to Mideast Talks
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
Discussion: South Capitol Street
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: National Review
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Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
TSA Response to “TSA Breast Milk Screening” Video  —  Nearly a year ago, a passenger going through airport screening on two separate occasions requested that her breast milk be visually inspected and not screened by the X-ray machine.  She filed a complaint with TSA regarding her screening experience.
Discussion: South Capitol Street
John Nova Lomax / Hair Balls:
WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops  —  ​Another international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police.  —  While the company is officially based in the DC area …
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Olbermann, Assange, and the Holocaust Denier  —  When you want to believe, you'll believe anything.  —  It now seems that the smears in the Julian Assange rape case are bidirectional, from the exceptionally flimsy charges accusing the WikiLeaks boss of being a sexual predator to the increasingly loud …
 
 
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Gitmo Recidivism Rate Soars
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Discussion: Mother Jones and TPMMuckraker
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 …
James Pethokoukis:
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