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2:37 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 …
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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 …
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 …
The Politico:
'Don't ask' repeal gains steam
Discussion: The Hill and AMERICAblog Gay
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Jon Kyl: No time left for START
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLLINS POSITIONED TO KILL DADT REPEAL.... We talked earlier …
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.
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Cubachi:
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Cubachi:
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Pass the Caribou Stew
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.
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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.  —  The New York Times calls this “sweeping,” but it's mostly just warmed-over pablum: … Not to repeat myself too much, but this “centrist” hackery is little more than a thinly veiled contempt for democracy.  Bloomberg pillories Democrats …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Support Two Major Elements of Tax Compromise
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A What-If on the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Nimda / The Nader Page:
Letter to President Obama On Extending Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Nation, The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Discovery Channel:
MythBusters: Visit to the White House
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Loose Change  —  Inside a shaken White House.
Discussion: National Review and The Daily Dish
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
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 …
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Janet Murguía / Congress Blog:
The DREAM Act: A watershed vote Latinos will not forget
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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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
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.
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.
 
 
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
House Backs Legal Status for Many Young Immigrants
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Resisted U.S. Pressure on Rights of Nobel Winner
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Private Spacecraft Back From Orbit
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010
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Is Obama triangulating? Naah, not really.
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Mullen Criticizes China Over N. Korea
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Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying
Des Moines Register:
Grassley: Tax deal includes biofuel subsidies
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
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 …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Guardian