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7:55 PM ET, December 8, 2010

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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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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 …
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:
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLLINS POSITIONED TO KILL DADT REPEAL.... We talked earlier …
The Note:
Not So Fast: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal In Peril As Talks With Collins Stall
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Murkowski signals vote to repeal military's gay ban
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Team Collins: We're Making Progress On DADT Negotiations
Discussion: Guardian and Salon
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Senate procedural vote on 'don't ask, don't tell' postponed
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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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” …
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Nimda / The Nader Page:
Letter to President Obama On Extending Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The Nation and Weasel Zippers
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Dems Facing Tough Races In '12 Embrace Tax Deal
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
Two options on the Bush tax cuts
Jake Tapper / 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.
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Cubachi:
WikiLeaks and their supporters: We were for free speech, before we were against it
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and Raw Story
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 …
Cubachi:
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Do You Compromise With Stalin?  —  Brian Beutler explains the Republicans' dilemma:
Discussion: Eunomia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bloomberg, in major speech, offers ‘a middle way’  —  New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg this morning put economic substance to his pox-on-both-your-houses criticism of Democratic and Republican governance, offering his own “middle way” — and the clearest suggestion yet that he's positioning himself for the national stage.
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg Critiques Economic Policies
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul  —  COMPTON, Calif. — By Marlene Romero's count, her son has had just one effective teacher in his five years at McKinley Elementary School here.  Most of the time, she said, he has merely shuffled through classrooms, struggling in math without ever getting extra help.
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 …
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 …
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.
Des Moines Register:
Grassley: Tax deal includes biofuel subsidies  —  The tax legislation that congressional Republicans and the White House have agreed to will include extensions of the biodiesel and ethanol subsidies through 2011, says Iowa.  Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
 
 
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Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Espionage Act And WikiLeaks.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch: ‘I intend to run, and I intend to win’
Michael Ellsberg / Daniel Ellsberg's Website:
“EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made …
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