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3:05 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:
For Obama, Tax Deal Is a Back-Door Stimulus  —  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 …
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
DeMint To Oppose “the Deal”
John Stanton / Roll Call:
DeMint Agrees With Sanders: Tax Cut Deal Should Be Blocked
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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: TPMDC and Daily Kos
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 …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Chad Pergram / Fox News:   Liberals Try to Prevent Pelosi From Bringing Tax Bill to the Floor
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks  —  LONDON — A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has drawn governmental criticism from around the globe …
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Esther Addley / Guardian:
PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Discussion: Raw Story, JONATHAN TURLEY and Wonkette
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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Michelle Malkin:
Senate DREAM Act cloture vote today, 4pm Eastern; Update: New House bill introduced  —  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.
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Roberto G. Gonzales / The Huffington Post:
We Can Not Afford Not to Pass the DREAM Act: A Plea from Immigration Scholars
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Janet Murguía / Congress Blog:
The DREAM Act: A watershed vote Latinos will not forget
Discussion: The Politico
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
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Ezra Klein:
Two options on the Bush tax cuts
Discussion: Economix
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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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's Sister Souljah week
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
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: CNN
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Randy Altschuler concedes, ending last contested House race
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 …
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
“Gore effect” strikes Cancun Climate Conference 3 days in a row  —  From the “weather is not climate department” - New record low temperatures set in Cancun for three straight days, and more new low temperature records are possible this week.  —  Dr. Roy Spencer, who is in Cancun representing …
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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Lamont not looking for a rematch with Lieberman in 2012
Carolyn Jones / San Francisco Chronicle:
Alleged leaker Bradley Manning: hero to Berkeley?
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bloomberg, in major speech, offers ‘a middle way’
Discussion: CNN and NYC.gov
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Sarah Palin: Hell no to bailing out the states
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