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4:20 PM ET, December 7, 2010


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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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Tax deal a good, not great, bargain for Republicans  —  It's victory!  It's defeat!  It's the end of Obama!  It's the end of the world!  The deal to keep the current tax rates in place has received soaring praise and bitter criticism on the Right, but the truth is that the deal winds …
New York Times:
Obama Seeks to Deflect Anger in Party Over Tax Deal  —  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” …
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 …
New York Times:
Tax Deal Suggests New Path for Obama
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Obama supporters strongly opposed to deal extending Bush tax cuts
First Read /   Bush tax cuts just 37 percent of the total deal
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Left sees tax surrender, says Obama reelection bid now crippled
Myglesias / Yglesias:   The Trouble With Fiscal Stimulus, Part Zwei
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   In tax defeat, Dems pay the price for old tricks
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to sell tax deal at press conference
Discussion: CNN, PERRspectives, Daily Kos and The Hill
Jeanne Sahadi /
Tax cut deal and surprise stimulus - the cost
New York Post:
This pact may spell 1 & done for prez
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
Deal Adds to Uncertainty, Debt
David Weigel / Slate:
Just How Big of a Dive is Obama Taking on Tax Cuts?
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama's tax cut extension part of strategy to show bipartisanship
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.
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?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anti-WikiLeaks lies and propaganda - from TNR, Lauer, Feinstein and more  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  (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 would believe …
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 …
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police
Julian Assange / TheAustralian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths
Julian Assange is remanded in custody
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
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
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
CBS News:   Elizabeth Edwards Living End of Life “Her Way”
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 …
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 …
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
So much for bipartisanship: Obama calls GOP “hostage-takers,” …
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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
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Nancy Altman / Firedoglake:
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