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1:15 PM ET, December 8, 2010

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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Support Two Major Elements of Tax Compromise  —  Liberal vs. Moderate/Conservative Democrats disagree on extending tax cuts for all  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Two major elements included in the tax agreement reached Monday between President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress meet with broad public support.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Obama, Tax Deal Is a Back-Door Stimulus  —  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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LOOKING FOR PLAN B.... The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Bob Greenstein, who has as much liberal credibility on budget and tax issues as anyone, doesn't seem to like the “disturbing negative” provisions of the tax policy deal struck by the White House and congressional Republicans.
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” …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
DeMint Agrees With Sanders: Tax Cut Deal Should Be Blocked
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Democrats to draw line at estate tax after Obama's deal with Republicans
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The paucity of hope - and other victims of Obama's tax-cut deal
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 …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Christine O'Donnell: Extending Unemployment Benefits A ‘Tragedy’ Like Pearl Harbor  —  For the past year, conservatives have used specious, callous, and occasionally offensive arguments against extending unemployment benefits for jobless Americans, but former Delaware GOP Senate nominee …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
A Political Life Filled With Cruel Reversals
Aaron Sorkin / The Huffington Post:
In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had it Coming  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  “Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation.”  —  You're right, Sarah, we'll all just go f**k ourselves now.  —  The snotty quote was posted by Sarah Palin on …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Pass the Caribou Stew
Esther Addley / Guardian:
MasterCard hacked in WikiLeaks protest  —  Operation: Payback hacks into MasterCard site over payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks  —  The website of MasterCard, the international credit card, has been hacked and partially paralysed by hackers …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLLINS POSITIONED TO KILL DADT REPEAL.... We talked earlier Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) surprise move this morning: he's getting started tonight on the defense authorization act, which includes a provision on repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Will Consider 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Tonight
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Centrist Dem senator supports repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   No primary  —  It's one of President Obama's great strengths heading …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Loose Change  —  Inside a shaken White House.  —  Of all the historical analogies urged on Obama following November's drubbing—Truman in '48, Reagan after '82, Clinton after '94—the one the White House has opted for is easily the most obscure.  That would be Patrick in '10—as in Deval Patrick …
Michelle Malkin:
Senate DREAM Act cloture vote today, 4pm Eastern; Update: New House bill introduced  —  Now is the time to melt those phone lines and make yourselves heard on the multi-billion-dollar DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout.  —  The Senate is scheduled to take a cloture vote on the DREAM Act at 4pm Eastern today.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
New McCain, New DREAM.  —  John McCain has co-sponsored several …
Discussion: Yglesias, AILA and The Huffington Post
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
N.Y. Democrat wins reelection, bringing House races to a close  —  Republican Randy Altschuler conceded to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday, bringing the last undecided House race to a conclusion.  —  “After consulting with my family and campaign staff, I am ending my campaign …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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Newsday:
1st C.D.: Altschuler concedes (Update)
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and msnbc.com
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's Sister Souljah week  —  President Obama's liberal critics are furious, vocal and useful to a White House trying to solve the riddle of reelection.  —  White House officials who last year viewed the “professional left” as an annoying bunch of ungrateful idealists living …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Daily Mail:
How many people does it take to put up a Christmas tree for the Obamas?
Discussion: Mediaite and theblogprof
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:
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor:
Statement by Senator Mark Pryor on Repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy  —  On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy.  I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings …
TBD All News:
Baltimore terror plot arrest: Man accused of plotting to blow up military recruiting center  —  A Baltimore man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a plot to blow up an Armed Forces recruiting center in Catonsville, Md., a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed.
Discussion: Fox News and The Jawa Report
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
Ben Herzon / Macroadvisers:
A December to Remember Compromise Boosts Growth Prospects for 2011  —  Late yesterday afternoon, President Obama announced a wide-ranging compromise with Republican congressional leaders that would extend for two years essentially all the Bush-era tax cuts in exchange for an extension …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Gitmo Recidivism Rate Soars  —  A new report by the DNI shows the number of GTMO detainees returning to jihad has doubled in last two years.  —  150 former Guantanamo detainees are either “confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities,” according …
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bloomberg, in major speech, offers ‘a middle way’
Discussion: CNN and NYC.gov
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Obama turned his back on his base
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Junk Food Is a Source of Comfort on Capitol Hill
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