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11:20 AM ET, December 8, 2010


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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 …
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.
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” …
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.
Ezra Klein:
How the White House cut its deal and lost its base  —  If you look at the numbers alone, the tax cut deal looks to have robbed Republicans blind.  The GOP got around $95 billion in tax cuts for wealthy Americans and $30 billion in estate tax cuts.  Democrats got $120 billion in payroll-tax cuts …
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.
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
The Hill:
Democrats to draw line at estate tax after Obama's deal with Republicans
John Stanton / Roll Call:
DeMint Agrees With Sanders: Tax Cut Deal Should Be Blocked
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Huffington Post:
Mary Landrieu: ‘Obama-McConnell’ Plan Is ‘Almost Morally Corrupt’
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The paucity of hope - and other victims of Obama's tax-cut deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and New Deal 2.0
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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Centrist Dem senator supports repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  A key centrist Democratic senator said Wednesday that he now favors repealing the military's ban on openly gay service members.  —  Sen. Mark Pyor (Ark.) explained that he was convinced by the results of the Pentagon's 10-month study …
Discussion: The Note
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Pryor Announces Support For Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell: 'I Accept The Pentagon's Recommendations'  —  This morning, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) — who told a local newspaper last month that he considered homosexuality a “sin” — released a statement saying that he accepted the military's recommendations …
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor:
Statement by Senator Mark Pryor on Repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal bill could hit Senate floor Wednesday
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
New McCain, New DREAM.  —  John McCain has co-sponsored several …
Discussion: AILA, The Huffington Post and Speakeasy
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
D-Day for DREAM Act: Immigration Bill Poised for House, Senate Votes
Discussion: Wonk Room
Reuters:   Deserving of the DREAM  —  In the spring, when college admission …
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:
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
1st C.D.: Altschuler concedes (Update)
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and
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 …
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.
Emmer to concede election to Dayton  —  Announcement today expected to end tight contest with Dayton  —  It's over.  —  Republican Tom Emmer will concede the 2010 Minnesota governor's race this morning to Democrat Mark Dayton, a Republican source with direct knowledge confirmed to the Pioneer Press.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Emmer to concede governor's race
Discussion: KSTP-TV, TPMDC and The Caucus
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's Sister Souljah week  —  President Obama's liberal critics are furious, vocal and useful to a White House trying to solve the riddle of reelection.  —  White House officials who last year viewed the “professional left” as an annoying bunch of ungrateful idealists living …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Daily Mail:
How many people does it take to put up a Christmas tree for the Obamas?
Discussion: theblogprof and Mediaite
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.
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
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Obama turned his back on his base
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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