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6:10 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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.
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.
The Hill:
Pelosi escalates criticism of tax-cut deal  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) escalated the Democratic criticism of the tax cut deal President Obama struck with Republicans and singled out the GOP-favored estate tax proposal as “a bridge too far.”  —  Pelosi, speaking to reporters …
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the Bush tax cut deal
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Tax deal a good, not great, bargain for Republicans
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Tax Deal Opponents Shut Down White House Phones
Discussion: Raw Story
First Read / msnbc.com:
Bush tax cuts just 37 percent of the total deal
Discussion: The New Republic
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell Plan’
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Left sees tax surrender, says Obama reelection bid now crippled
The Note:
Dem Vows Filibuster of Obama Tax Deal
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
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Tax-cut deal has liberal Democrats fuming
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?
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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 …
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police
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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Associated Press:
Elizabeth Edwards gravely ill with cancer
Discussion: CBS News, WTVD-TV and ThinkProgress
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:   Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer at 61
The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Think Progress:   The Legacy Of Elizabeth Edwards
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 …
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rebuffed by Sarah Palin, tea party group picks Saul Anuzis
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:   President Obama to Democrats: It's Not Enough to Have 'a Purist …
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
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Shanghai Test Scores 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.
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 …
 
 
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FCC push to regulate news draws fire
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Bachmann, Kline: Obama's not saying ‘God’ enough
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The 2008 Obama Would Denounce the 2010 Obama
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