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2:20 PM ET, December 7, 2010


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Joe Biden / 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 …
Paul Krugman:
The Deal  —  So the tax deal is out.  Obama extracted some concessions, with the big surprise being a payroll tax cut.  How much better do these concessions make the thing?  —  Well, for starters we have the two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts.  As I pointed out yesterday …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Senior White House Official: ‘We Wanted a Fight,’ too.  Congressional Dems 'Wouldn't Throw a Punch'  —  Vice President Biden heads to Capitol Hill today to lobby Senate Democrats to support the tax cut compromise, as President Obama faces criticism from congressional Democrats …
New York Times:
Tax Deal Suggests New Path for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama announced a tentative deal with Congressional Republicans on Monday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels for two years as part of a package that would also keep benefits flowing to the long-term unemployed …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Obama sells out the left: a Republican win on taxes  —  There really is no other way to say it: the Republicans won, the liberal Democrats lost, and the president sided with the Republicans.  The subject, of course, is an agreement to extend all the Bust tax cuts.
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the Bush tax cut deal  —  I'll admit it: I didn't think they had it in them.  A temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts?  Sure, they could manage that.  Fear is a powerful motivator in Washington, and nothing scares politicians like the threat of a tax hike on their constituents.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: Dems could ‘walk out’ on tax cut deal  —  A bloc of Senate Democrats could decide not to support a White House-brokered deal on tax cuts and unemployment benefits, thereby putting the plan in danger, according to the second-ranking Senate Democrat.
The Politico:
Liberal Dems to Obama: Fight harder  —  Resentments between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats that began simmering even before their midterm disaster are nearing the boiling point on Capitol Hill, as liberals make clear that Obama's efforts to strike a lame-duck deal …
Ezra Klein:
An imperfect, but not-that-bad, deal on the tax cuts  —  The White House and the Republicans are pretty close to a final deal on the Bush tax cuts.  Here are the specifics, though it's worth saying that as near as this is to completion, it's still not done, and so it could change:
New York Times:
Obama and Biden Push Democrats on Tax Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Left sees tax surrender, says Obama reelection bid now crippled
Discussion: The Note
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to sell tax deal at press conference
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In tax defeat, Dems pay the price for old tricks
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's tax cut extension part of strategy to show bipartisanship
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Obama supporters strongly opposed to deal extending Bush tax cuts
New York Post:
This pact may spell 1 & done for prez
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama sends Biden to Capitol Hill to sell tax deal to angry Dems
Discussion: CNN, Wonkette and Right Turn
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats could scuttle Obama-GOP tax cut deal
New York Times:
British Court Denies Bail to Assange in Sex Inquiry  —  LONDON — Julian Assange, the founder of the beleaguered WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group, was denied bail by a London court on Tuesday and said that he would resist extradition to Sweden where he faces questioning in connection with alleged sex offenses.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London  —  Julian Assange denies sexually assaulting the two women  —  The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by police in London.  —  The 39-year-old Australian, who was the subject of a European arrest warrant …
Richard Pendlebury / Daily Mail:
The Wikileaks sex files: How two one-night stands sparked a worldwide hunt for Julian Assange  —  A winter morning in backwoods Scandinavia and the chime of a church bell drifts across the snowbound town of Enkoping.  Does it also toll for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?
Julian Assange / TheAustralian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths
Newt Gingrich: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks engage in terrorism
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
News: News blog:
WikiLeaks US embassy cables: live updates
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police
Associated Press:
Elizabeth Edwards gravely ill with cancer  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Edwards over the past six years has seen her husband's presidential ambitions thwarted, retreated from public life as their marriage disintegrated over his affair, then emerged to advocate for changes …
Discussion: WTVD-TV, The Jawa Report and TalkLeft
CBS News:
Elizabeth Edwards Living End of Life “Her Way”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Christie's bully act getting old  —  Two years ago, when Chris Christie announced he was running for governor, he dismissed questions about his days as the Godzilla freeholder — when he breathed fire on almost every issue, insulted Morris County colleagues and needlessly stomped on countless toes.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Unloads Citi Stake for a $12 Billion Profit  —  The U.S. Treasury sold the last of its Citigroup Inc. common shares in a $10.5 billion offering that capped the government's biggest bank bailout of the financial-market meltdown.  —  The stock sale, which was finalized Monday evening …
Condoleezza Rice / Wall Street Journal:
New Start: Ratify, With Caveats  —  The treaty helpfully reinstates on-site verification of Russian nuclear forces, but senators should make it clear to Moscow that they don't see it as limiting U.S. missile defenses.  —  When U.S. President Bush and Russian President Putin signed the Moscow Treaty in 2002 …
Nancy Altman / Firedoglake:
The End of Social Security  —  photo: Fabricator of Useless via Flickr  —  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 …
Center for American Progress:
Tax and Unemployment Agreement Leads to Jobs Growth  —  Agreement Will Create or Save 2.2 Million Jobs Despite Wasteful Tax Policies  —  A job seeker fills out an application while attending a job fair in Livonia, MI.  The Obama administration clearly had its eye on job creation …
Discussion: Yglesias and Ezra Klein
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators  —  With China's debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries, in reading as well as in math and science, according to the results of a respected exam.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Social Science Palooza  —  Every day, hundreds of thousands of scholars study human behavior.  Every day, a few of their studies are bundled and distributed via e-mail by Kevin Lewis, who covers the social sciences for The Boston Globe and National Affairs.
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