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6:35 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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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” …
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.
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House says Democrats partly to blame for tax-cut deal with GOP
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Do You Compromise With Stalin?  —  Brian Beutler explains the Republicans' dilemma:
Discussion: Eunomia
Nimda / The Nader Page:
Letter to President Obama On Extending Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The Nation and Weasel Zippers
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Dems Facing Tough Races In '12 Embrace Tax Deal
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Liberal leader suggests GOP House should handle tax cuts, unemployment benefits
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
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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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:
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 …
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.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Murkowski signals vote to repeal military's gay ban
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog Gay:
Reid: Senate ‘likely’ to consider Defense Authorization ‘this evening’
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Open Left
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Team Collins: We're Making Progress On DADT Negotiations
Discussion: Salon, Guardian and Talking Points Memo
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Aide: Fate Of DADT Rests With Susan Collins
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and msnbc.com
The Note:
Not So Fast: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal In Peril As Talks With Collins Stall
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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Cubachi:
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun  —  H/T: Patrick's World who has a great blog post up.  —  Apparently the Anchorage Daily News is concerned about whether Palin can actually utilize a rifle.  There has to be some sort of weekly contest among the media …
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 …
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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  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In the last days of this year's Congress our lawmakers have the opportunity to pass some form of immigration reform.  The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Congress takes up DREAM Act
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Is this triangulation?  —  A White House official e-mailed 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is Obama triangulating? Naah, not really.
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.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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