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5:00 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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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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Answering the Charge of “What's Plan B” for Tax Cut Deal  —  So, Steve Benen poses a serious question, and I'd like to give an answer.  Maybe it's a moot point with the deal going down in flames, but nevertheless. … Certainly, there are those on the Hill who think “fight harder” …
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.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Four Ways To Make The Tax Deal Better.  —  Tax deal apologist that I am, it behooves me to offer some constructive criticism, too, along with a reminder that this deal isn't final until the legislative process makes it so: Congressional Democrats, unable to unify around an original proposal, may try and adapt this framework.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Tax Plan, a Boost for Jobs
Nimda / The Nader Page:
Letter to President Obama On Extending Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The Nation and Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In blow to DADT repeal, talks with Senator Collins hit wall  —  Senior Senate Democratic aides are in a panic this morning about the prospects for repeal of don't ask don't tell, because talks with Senator Susan Collins over her procedural demands have hit a wall, with the Democratic leadership dismissing …
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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.”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Lisa Murkowski supports repeal of DADT  —  GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski has decided to support repeal of don't ask don't tell, her spokesman tells me, potentially adding another crucial GOP vote to the Yes column and putting 60 votes within reach.  —  “Her vote will depend on how free and open …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Murkowski in favor of repealing military's gay ban
The Note:
Not So Fast: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal In Peril As Talks With Collins Stall
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Hill and Salon
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Aide: Fate Of DADT Rests With Susan Collins
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and msnbc.com
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  —  The doomed caribou gazed calmly across the Alaska tundra at Caribou Barbie.  —  The female caribou could easily have escaped, since it took the Wasilla huntress six shots, two rifles and some help from her dad to bag her prey.  (Giving credence to Levi Johnston's contention …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Espionage Act And WikiLeaks.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to prosecute Julian Assange under the Espionage Act: … If WikiLeaks is prosecuted under the Espionage Act as it currently exists, then no journalistic institution or entity is safe.  The idea that anytime that a journalist obtains …
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Michael Ellsberg / Daniel Ellsberg's Website:
“EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made …
Esther Addley / Guardian:
PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Discussion: Raw Story, JONATHAN TURLEY and Wonkette
Roberto G. Gonzales / The Huffington Post:
We Can Not Afford Not to Pass the DREAM Act: A Plea from Immigration Scholars  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In the last days of this year's Congress our lawmakers have the opportunity to pass some form of immigration reform.  The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Janet Murguía / Congress Blog:
The DREAM Act: A watershed vote Latinos will not forget
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Congress takes up DREAM Act
Discussion: Swampland
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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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dominoes  —  There was something strange to me about the GOP reaction yesterday to the tax cut news.  Or at least something unexpected.  I hadn't made clear sense of it until I got this news late last night, but all day yesterday I couldn't shake the feeling that the whole didn't add up.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Two Major Conservative Obstacles Emerge To Tax Cut Compromise
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Do You Compromise With Stalin?  —  Brian Beutler explains the Republicans' dilemma:
Discussion: Eunomia
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.
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Chicago Tribune:
Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and National Review
David Brown / Yahoo! Sports:
Answer Man: Luke Scott talks Nugent, hunting and Obama origin  —  stopped by baseball's winter meetings Tuesday and, after some harmless chatter about his team's offseason dealings, stated with conviction that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.  —  Oh, yes, he did.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Still Digging  —  Given where we are, this tax-cut deal with the Republicans is the best President Obama could do since raising taxes in a recession would not have been a good idea and the Republicans had the votes to prevent it.  But given where we need to go, this deal is just another shot …
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
“Gore effect” strikes Cancun Climate Conference 3 days in a row  —  From the “weather is not climate department” - New record low temperatures set in Cancun for three straight days, and more new low temperature records are possible this week.  —  Dr. Roy Spencer, who is in Cancun representing …
Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Obama turned his back on his base  —  With the tax-cut deal, the Democrats lost their chance to stop the GOP from taking unfair advantage of the middle class  —  Below:  —  on msnbc.com -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv
 
 
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Gary Johnson and Humanitarian Interventions
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMMuckraker
Des Moines Register:
Grassley: Tax deal includes biofuel subsidies
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch: ‘I intend to run, and I intend to win’
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Is this triangulation?  —  A White House official e-mailed yesterday …
Discussion: The New Republic and The Plum Line
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor
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Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Alleged leaker Bradley Manning: hero to Berkeley?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bloomberg, in major speech, offers ‘a middle way’
Discussion: Salon, CNN and NYC.gov
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