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7:00 AM ET, December 9, 2010


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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Collins Hands Reid A Final Offer On Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Here's what Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that she needs to support a full Senate debate on the defense authorization bill (the vehicle for Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal): 15 guaranteed votes on amendments …
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman To Reid On DADT: Back Off, I Got This  —  Senate Democrats are on the precipice of getting a Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal past a key procedural hurdle tonight.  But key negotiators have grown frustrated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff for upping the pressure at a fragile moment …
The Politico:
'Don't ask' repeal gains steam  —  The long-running legislative saga over repeal of the military's ban on gays in uniform seems headed to a dramatic endgame, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatening to call a vote on the issue this week despite serious misgivings …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In blow to DADT repeal, talks with Senator Collins hit wall
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Jon Kyl: No time left for START
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Reid's office: Legalizing online poker still on lame-duck agenda
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Senate procedural vote on 'don't ask, don't tell' postponed
Political Punch:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'*  —  The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.
WikiLeaks and their supporters: We were for free speech, before we were against it  —  WikiLeaks was painted among many in the media, some libertarians, and the liberal establishment as the poor souls who are fighting against CIA and American intelligensia.  —  WikiLeaks claims …
The Hill:
Don't topple economy by rejecting tax deal, Obama tells the Dems  —  President Obama warned his fellow Democrats on Wednesday that they risk plunging the country into a double-dip recession if they reject his tax-cut deal with Republicans.  —  As the White House intensified pressure …
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Senate leaders set to begin debate on tax cuts  —  Senate leaders are planning to begin debate on a far-reaching tax package as soon as Thursday as rank-and-file Democrats warm to an agreement between the White House and Republicans to extend a host of expiring tax cuts and pump fresh cash into the economy.
Discussion: The Page
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A What-If on the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Discovery Channel:
MythBusters: Visit to the White House
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg: I'm Not Running for President.  Period.  —  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg - who is often discussed as a potential third party candidate for the presidency in 2012 - told CBS News' Katie Couric Wednesday there is “nothing” that would compel him to enter the coming presidential race.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
On Economy, Bloomberg Says Washington Is Failing  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unleashed a withering critique on Wednesday of how Congress and the White House have managed the economic recovery, saying Democrats and Republicans had abdicated responsibility in favor of partisan bickering …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Michael Bloomberg's Contempt for Democracy.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Ben Smith's Blog and Salon
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Do You Compromise With Stalin?  —  Brian Beutler explains the Republicans' dilemma:
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
House of Representatives narrowly approves Dream Act; Senate must now vote on immigration bill  —  In a last-ditch showdown on immigration relief for illegal migrants, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly approved the so-called Dream Act that would offer …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin's Republican Problem  —  It's well documented that Sarah Palin has problems with Democrats and independents, but the first seven states where we've looked at the 2012 Presidential election make it clear that she has a Republican problem as well.  —  It's not that Republicans …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Opens The Door To Raid Social Security  —  One of the interesting aspects of the “framework” announced by Obama to prevent marginal income tax increases on anyone is that part of the quid pro quo demanded by Obama was a one-year 2% drop in the portion of social security (FICA) …
Discussion: The TrogloPundit
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal  —  I called Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi this morning to see what he thought of the tax cut deal.  When it comes to stimulus, Zandi's figures are probably the most influential in the country, and I've cited them several times before on this blog.  So what does he think?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House: Failure to Pass Tax Cut Compromise Bill Would “Significantly Increase” Risk of Double-Dip Recession  —  At an off-camera briefing this afternoon, National Economic Council director Larry Summers said that a failure to pass the tax cut compromise President Obama negotiated …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of the WikiLeaks debate  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  WNYC's Brian Lehrer has spent the last week hosting one WikiLeaks critic after the next on his program, and it seems rather clear that he, too, is a fairly emphatic critic of the group and its founder, Julian Assange.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Gitmo “Recidivism.”  —  The first thing to note about the new summary of a report on the “recidivism” of Gitmo detainees is that “recidivism” is an odd term, given that most of the detainees transferred from Gitmo haven't been convicted of crimes and that the term itself in this context is used …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Resisted U.S. Pressure on Rights of Nobel Winner  —  BEIJING — It was just before Christmas 2009, and Ding Xiaowen was not happy.  —  The United States ambassador had just written China's foreign minister expressing concern for Liu Xiaobo, the Beijing intellectual imprisoned …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
House Backs Legal Status for Many Young Immigrants  —  A bill to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant students passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday, giving President Obama an unexpected although largely symbolic victory in the final days of Democratic control …
Discussion: Mercury News and New York Times
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Let the Palestinians Declare Statehood
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Discussion: The Confluence
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Gates: Progress in Afghan war has ‘exceeded my expectations’
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010
Discussion: YID With LID and The TrogloPundit
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Nimda / The Nader Page:
Letter to President Obama On Extending Bush Tax Cuts
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying
Des Moines Register:
Grassley: Tax deal includes biofuel subsidies
Michael Ellsberg / Daniel Ellsberg's Website:
“EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The BRAD BLOG and Guardian
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Still Digging  —  Given where we are, this tax-cut deal …
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Aaron Sorkin / The Huffington Post:
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