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3:40 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 Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Tax Plan, a Boost for Jobs  —  A year ago, President Obama and the Democrats made the mistake of assuming that an economic recovery was under way.  This week's deal to extend the Bush tax cuts shows that the White House's top priority is avoiding the same mistake again — even if it has to upset many fellow Democrats in the process.
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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
John Stanton / Roll Call:
DeMint Agrees With Sanders: Tax Cut Deal Should Be Blocked
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
DeMint To Oppose “the Deal”
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.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor:
Statement by Senator Mark Pryor on Repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy  —  On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy.  I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Aide: Fate Of DADT Rests With Susan Collins
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and msnbc.com
Esther Addley / Guardian:
MasterCard hacked in WikiLeaks protest  —  Operation: Payback hacks into MasterCard site over payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks  —  The website of MasterCard, the international credit card, has been hacked and partially paralysed by hackers …
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Esther Addley / Guardian:
PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Discussion: Raw Story, JONATHAN TURLEY and Wonkette
Michael Ellsberg / Daniel Ellsberg's Website:
“EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made …
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 …
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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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Christine O'Donnell: Extending Unemployment Benefits A ‘Tragedy’ Like Pearl Harbor
Discussion: Wonkette and The Hill
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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Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Congress takes up DREAM Act
Discussion: Swampland
Janet Murguía / Congress Blog:
The DREAM Act: A watershed vote Latinos will not forget
Discussion: The Politico
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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Murmurs of Primary Challenge to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's compromise with Republicans on extending tax cuts for the wealthy, which his self-described progressive critics see as a profound betrayal, is bound to intensify a debate that has been bubbling up on liberal blogs …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
No primary  —  It's one of President Obama's great strengths heading …
Discussion: Weigel
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Is this triangulation?  —  A White House official emailed yesterday to dispute my labeling President Obama's rebuke to liberal critics yesterday “triangulation.”  —  Obama, the official noted, was “responding to several very loud voices from the left.”  Triangulation, by contrast …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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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.
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.
Discussion: CNN, NYC.gov and Salon
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 …
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
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: New GOP Appropriation Chair Secretly Lobbied For Health Reform Money He Called ‘Socialistic’  —  After an internal struggle within the House Republican caucus, the GOP Steering Committee voted to select Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) as the new Chairman for the Appropriations Committee yesterday.
 
 
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