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12:20 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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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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
For Obama, Tax Deal Is a Back-Door Stimulus Plan  —  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 …
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
DeMint To Oppose “the Deal”  —  Senator JimDeMint just announced on my program that he will oppose the deal as well as a vote for cloture on the deal.  He is reluctant to criticize GOP Senate leadership, but believes the deal at a minimum has to be paid for, and that we need “a permanent economy” …
The Politico:
Harry Reid tries to add online poker to tax bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to use the tax cut package President Barack Obama brokered with Republicans to legalize online poker, POLITICO has learned — a move that could further complicate the deal Obama announced Monday.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN
John Stanton / Roll Call:
DeMint Agrees With Sanders: Tax Cut Deal Should Be Blocked
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ezra Klein:
How the White House cut its deal and lost its base
The Hill:
Democrats to draw line at estate tax after Obama's deal with Republicans
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The paucity of hope - and other victims of Obama's tax-cut deal
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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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
A Political Life Filled With Cruel Reversals  —  Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate's marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly …
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 …
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Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Will Consider 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Tonight
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Centrist Dem senator supports repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
N.Y. Democrat wins reelection, bringing House races to a close  —  Republican Randy Altschuler conceded to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday, bringing the last undecided House race to a conclusion.  —  “After consulting with my family and campaign staff, I am ending my campaign …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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Reid Epstein / Newsday:
1st C.D.: Altschuler concedes to Rep. Bishop (updated)  —  Republican Randy Altschuler conceded to Rep. Tim Bishop Wednesday morning, ending the last unresolved Congressional race in the nation.  —  Altschuler, a St. James businessman who poured $2.8 million of his own money into the race …
Discussion: USA Today, AmSpecBlog and Wonkette
Newsday:
1st C.D.: Altschuler concedes (Update)
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and msnbc.com
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Sen. Lieberman suggests NY Times violated Espionage Act  —  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has been blasting WikiLeaks over the past week and successfully pressured Amazon.com to kick the organization's content off its servers.  —  Lieberman kept up the attack on Tuesday.
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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Senate DREAM Act cloture vote today, 4pm Eastern  —  Now is the time to melt those phone lines and make yourselves heard on the multi-billion-dollar DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout.  —  The Senate is scheduled to take a cloture vote on the DREAM Act at 4pm Eastern today.  —  More info here.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
New McCain, New DREAM.  —  John McCain has co-sponsored several …
Discussion: AILA, The Huffington Post and Speakeasy
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 …
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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's Sister Souljah week
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Right Turn
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama Goes Medieval on the Left  —  Damn.  I skipped Obama's press conference today, but I guess that was a big mistake.  If my Twitter feed is anything to go by, progressive heads were exploding all over the intertubes.  Here is Philip Klein's summary:
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Julian Assange's Great Luck  —  Why his arrest and jailing in the United Kingdom is good news for him.  —  A U.K. magistrates' court denied Julian Assange bail and jailed him this morning over charges filed in Sweden that he had violated sex laws in that country last summer.
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Ben Herzon / Macroadvisers:
A December to Remember Compromise Boosts Growth Prospects for 2011  —  Late yesterday afternoon, President Obama announced a wide-ranging compromise with Republican congressional leaders that would extend for two years essentially all the Bush-era tax cuts in exchange for an extension …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Pejman Yousefzadeh / A Chequer-Board of Nights …:
In Which Thomas Friedman Insults the Chinese By Pretending That He Can Think Like Them  —  Let's go to the tape: … Where to begin?  —  First off, fight over “how and where an airport security officer can touch” Americans is one that goes to the very core of privacy concerns that have been part …
Discussion: Hot Air
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At CNN, Talk Show Tensions  —  In one sweeping move, the 8 p.m. political talk show “Parker Spitzer” could have turned around CNN's flailing prime-time ratings, publicly rehabilitated the fallen New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and turned his co-host Kathleen Parker into a television star.
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 and NYC.gov
 
 
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