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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:
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
'Don't ask' repeal gains steam
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Jon Kyl: No time left for START
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLLINS POSITIONED TO KILL DADT REPEAL.... We talked earlier …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Team Collins: We're Making Progress On DADT Negotiations
Discussion: Salon and Guardian
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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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.
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House: Failure to Pass Tax Cut Compromise Bill Would …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Do You Compromise With Stalin?  —  Brian Beutler explains the Republicans' dilemma:
Discussion: Eunomia
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Dems Facing Tough Races In '12 Embrace Tax Deal
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  —  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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Espionage Act And WikiLeaks.
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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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 …
Cubachi:
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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 …
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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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg attacks Washington, stokes the center
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is Obama triangulating?  Naah, not really.  —  A White House official emails Ben Smith to dispute the notion that Obama's assault on the left yesterday was part of a concerted strategy of triangulating: … Whatever you think of Obama's broadside yesterday, it seems clear that it has nothing to do with …
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying  —  Former congressional candidate Tan Nguyen was today found guilty of lying to investigators in a case stemming from 14,000 warning letters his campaign sent to Latinos in his failed 2006 challenge of Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMMuckraker
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 …
Discovery Channel:
MythBusters: Visit to the White House  —  President Barack Obama records an episode of the Discovery Channel's television show MythBusters with co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage in the Library of the White House, July 27, 2010.  —  The president will be featured in the Dec. 8 episode …
 
 
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010
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Mark McDonald / New York Times:
Mullen Criticizes China Over N. Korea
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Des Moines Register:
Grassley: Tax deal includes biofuel subsidies
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: Guardian and The BRAD BLOG
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Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Randy Altschuler concedes, ending last contested House race
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Janet Murguía / Congress Blog:
The DREAM Act: A watershed vote Latinos will not forget
Discussion: Yglesias, The Politico and Daily Kos
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
“Gore effect” strikes Cancun Climate Conference 3 days in a row