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5:40 PM ET, December 9, 2010


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Lbentzterp / CNN:
House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill  —  (CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.  —  “This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Republicans Block U.S. Health Aid for 9/11 Workers  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and residents of New York City who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke from ground zero.
The Hill:
Pelosi pledges to win changes as House Dems reject tax-cut deal  —  The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday rejected the tax deal negotiated between the White House and Senate Republicans.  —  The non-binding vote of the caucus held during a closed-door meeting puts tremendous pressure …
The Politico:
House Dems reject tax deal  —  The House Democratic Caucus voted to oppose President Barack Obama's tax plan, throwing into flux weeks of negotiations on an issue that has turned many congressional Democrats against the White House.  —  Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio offered a resolution …
The Hill:
Centrist, conservative Dems up in arms over liberals' tax deal backlash  —  Not all House Democrats are on board with their caucus's decision to fight for changes to the White House tax package.  —  Although the resolution solidifying the revolt was approved by House Democrats Thursday …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
Senate leaders set to begin debate on tax cuts
Liberal group uses Obama's words against him
Discussion: The Politico
The Hill:
Tax-cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Falling Off the Bandwagon
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
LEAKED EMAIL: Fox boss caught slanting news reporting  —  At the height of the health care reform debate last fall, Bill Sammon, Fox News' controversial Washington managing editor, sent a memo directing his network's journalists not to use the phrase “public option.”
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News' Spin Game  —  As the debate over the health-care public option heated up, a Fox News executive told staffers to change the way they talked about it.  Howard Kurtz on the memo that echoed a GOP talking point.  —  As the health-care debate was heating up in the summer of 2009 …
Carrie Dann /
Key vote on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal fails  —  *** UPDATE *** 4:45 PM ET: In a press conference after the vote, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins announced that they will introduce a stand-alone bill to repeal “Don't Ask Don't Tell” and that Senate Majority Leader Reid has promised to support it.
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
In U.S., 67% Support Repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”  —  The most opposition comes from conservative Republicans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers seeking to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy have a large majority of Americans behind them.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate fails on repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  The Senate on Thursday dealt a severe blow to the repeal of the “Don't ask, don't tell” law, dimming the chances for the Clinton-era ban to be scrapped this year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to garner …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Senators to Offer New Repeal of 'Don't Ask' Following Senate Defeat
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
DADT Repeal Denied Cloture After Row over Time Agreement
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Lieberman plans standalone repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
‘Anything and Everything’: Palin's Reading List  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the only person to make the Most Fascinating list three consecutive years in a row.  Palin tells Walters that she is seriously considering a run for the White House and believes she can beat President Obama in 2012.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Scott Whitlock /
Barbara Walters Slams ‘Uninformed’ Sarah Palin: Many Find the Idea of You as President ‘Scary’  —  Barbara Walters dismissed Sarah Palin as “uninformed” on Thursday, telling the former Republican governor, “...Many people find the thought of you as president a little scary.”
Ezra Klein:
Why liberals don't like the tax cut deal — in graphs  —  CAP's Michael Linden produced a nice chart showing why the tax deal is tough for liberals to swallow:  —  The red and blue on the chart are a bit confusing, so read it closely: On the left, you're seeing the amount of money Obama …
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin Goes Abroad  —  The Daily Beast has learned exclusively that Sarah Palin is planning her first real foreign trip—a move that could burnish her foreign policy credentials in advance of a 2012 presidential run.  —  The Daily Beast has learned that Sarah Palin will be traveling overseas in the new year.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral  —  (CNN) - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.  —  The Kansas-based Church - monitored by anti-hate groups …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
As if Elizabeth Edwards did not have enough difficulties to face …
Discussion: beliefnet and American Power
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Stimulus Impact?  Zero  —  Liberals are still arguing that the federal spending stimulus wasn't large enough.  How many multiples of nothing—its result according to new evidence—would they like?  —  For the past two years, economists writing on these pages and elsewhere …
DREAM Act in danger after Senate Dems pull it from consideration  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Democrats conceded Thursday they don't have the votes to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that would have offered a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children.
The Note:
‘Shameless!’: Senate Rejects 9/11 Health Bill
BACHUS ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL SERVICES LEADERSHIP TEAM  —  Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6), Chairman-elect of the House Financial Services Committee, today announced his appointments for committee leadership positions in the 112th Congress.  In addition to naming the vice chairman and subcommittee leaders …
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Ron Paul, Author of ‘End the Fed,’ to Lead Panel Overseeing Fed
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Most Americans Say They're Worse Off Under Obama: Poll  —  More than 50 percent of Americans say they are worse off now than they were two years ago when President Barack Obama took office, and two-thirds believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.
Daily Mail:
Terrifying moment Charles and Camilla were surrounded by a baying mob and their car attacked in tuition fees riot  —  Anarchists protesting against the rise in student tuition fees attacked Prince Charles and Camilla's car outside the London Palladium tonight.
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Alabama Store Owner's Sign Reminds That BBQ Restaurants Are “Safest” Because Of Lack Of Muslims  —  And here's our offensive sign of the day.  An Alabama store owner known for putting jokes up on the billboard outside of his electronics store has found that the response gets chillier when you decide to use racist jokes.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
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Robert Costa / National Review:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
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Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph