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5:10 PM ET, December 7, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Defends Tax-Cut Plan as ‘Good Deal’ for Americans  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing a Democratic revolt over his tax accord with Republicans, defended the package on Tuesday, saying his party's lawmakers ought to support it as a “good deal for the American people” …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
So much for bipartisanship: Obama calls GOP “hostage-takers,” Boehner a “bomb-thrower;” attacks lib critics, too  —  President Obama looks haggard and peeved and petulant at his White House press briefing on the tax deal, still underway as I type.  —  Exuding his typical gracelessness …
Discussion: The Right Scoop, RedState and Nice Deb
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Left sees tax surrender, says Obama reelection bid now crippled
Ezra Klein:
How the White House cut its deal and lost its base
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi attacks Obama-GOP tax plan as House Dems signal fight
Discussion: Pundits Blog, The Hill and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Tax Deal Suggests New Path for Obama
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell Plan’
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In tax defeat, Dems pay the price for old tricks
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Post:
This pact may spell 1 & done for prez
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
Myglesias / Yglesias:   The Trouble With Fiscal Stimulus, Part Zwei
First Read /   Bush tax cuts just 37 percent of the total deal
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Tax-cut deal has liberal Democrats fuming
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Tax Deal Opponents Shut Down White House Phones
Discussion: Hot Air
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to sell tax deal at press conference
Discussion: CNN, PERRspectives and The Hill
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?
New York Times:
British Court Denies Bail to Assange  —  LONDON — Julian Assange, the founder of the beleaguered WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group, was denied bail by a London court on Tuesday after he was arrested on a Swedish extradition warrant for questioning in connection with alleged sex offenses.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-WikiLeaks lies and propaganda - from TNR, Lauer, Feinstein and more  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  (1) In The New Republic today, Todd Gitlin writes an entire anti-WikiLeaks column that is based on an absolute factual falsehood.  Anyone listening to most media accounts …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rebuffed by Sarah Palin, tea party group picks Saul Anuzis
Discussion: USA Today
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.
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Priebus nabs key endorsement in RNC race  —  Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus picked up a key endorsement Tuesday in his nascent campaign for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.  —  Mississippi Committeeman Henry Barbour, a respected figure inside the RNC …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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 …
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Corrente
Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
More Health Waivers  —  The Obama Administration has quietly granted …
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
FCC push to regulate news draws fire
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Philip J. Crowley / US Department of State:
U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011
Discussion: Gizmodo, Boing Boing and
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann, Kline: Obama's not saying ‘God’ enough
Nancy Altman / Firedoglake:
The End of Social Security
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