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11:45 PM ET, December 9, 2010


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Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
Profanity, Anger Spill Over in House Democratic Caucus Meeting  —  The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday's House Democratic Caucus meeting.  —  One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” …
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 others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.
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.
Publius / Big Government:
Dems Gone Wild: ‘F*%k the President’  —  From Roll Call:  —  The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday's House Democratic Caucus meeting.  —  One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” …
The Hill:
Pelosi pledges to win changes as House Dems reject tax 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 …
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Gravel considering Obama primary challenge, calls for new 9/11 investigation  —  Former Alaska Senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that he is mulling a primary challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012.
Discussion: The Politico, Fox Nation and AmSpecBlog
The Politico:
Obama ‘confident’ amid Dem tax revolt  —  The House Democratic Caucus voted Thursday 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.  —  But in an interview with NPR Thursday …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: House Dem drops F-bomb on Obama at caucus meeting on tax cuts  —  I join with Ace in condemning this shocking example of extremist hatemongering incivility.  —  Seriously, though, look at it this way: If we had a parliamentary system, The One would be packing his bags by now.
Discussion: The Hill and Pajamas Media
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Gravel considering Obama primary challenge, calls for new 9/11 investigation
The Hill:
Centrist, conservative Dems up in arms over liberals' tax deal backlash
Frank James / NPR:
Obama: Democrats Won't Stop Tax Deal
Discussion: Politics Daily
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats ‘Say No’ in Symbolic Tax Vote
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Why Harry Reid decided to move foward with DADT vote  —  Earlier this afternoon, just before Harry Reid went onto the Senate floor and gave a speech calling for a vote on repeal of don't ask don't tell — which has now failed — he turned to a Senate aide and shrugged his shoulders.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
DADT Repeal Fails.  —  I've only been covering politics for a few years.  So while I've witnessed a number of sad political moments— like Congress voting to go to war in Iraq with only six senators having actually read the NIE beforehand — the Senate's failure to repeal the ban on allowing gays …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
DADT 2 — And How Information Flows Have Really Changed Things
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Crash and burn: DADT repeal fails, 57-40
Discussion: National Review and
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.”
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Weighing Broad Overhaul for Income Tax  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering whether to push early next year for an overhaul of the income tax code to lower rates and raise revenues in what would be his first major effort to begin addressing the long-term growth of the national debt.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Tea Party Patriots Reject Tax Cut Deal, Call For It To Be Destroyed
TRENDING: Palin goes to Haiti  —  (CNN) - It turns out that Sarah Palin's next overseas trip won't be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.  —  CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan's Purse.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Manchin votes against 'Don't ask' repeal, then apologizes  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) appeared to take a stand on the repeal of “Don't ask, don't tell” Thursday, becoming the only Senate Democrat to vote against a procedural motion to move the measure forward.
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.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
‘Anything and Everything’: Palin's Reading List
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Ron Paul, Author of ‘End the Fed,’ to Lead Panel Overseeing Central Bank  —  Representative Ron Paul, Texas Republican and author of “End the Fed,” will take control of the House subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve.  —  House Financial Services chairman-elect Spencer Bachus …
Discussion: USA Today and Politics Daily
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Stuxnet Worm Still Out of Control at Iran's Nuclear Sites, Experts Say  —  Aug 21: The first fuel is loaded into the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.  —  EXCLUSIVE: Iran's nuclear program is still in chaos despite its leaders' adamant claim …
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama lights the National Christmas Tree, says ‘Merry Christmas’ three times  —  President Obama's words at lighting of National Christmas Tree, as provided by the White House  —  THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas, everybody!  —  AUDIENCE: Merry Christmas!  —  THE PRESIDENT: Happy holidays.
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
More states enter debate on sharia law  —  Muneer Awad's opponents label him “a foreigner” trying to change Oklahoma's laws.  —  Awad, 27, a recent University of Georgia law school graduate born in Michigan, says he's standing up for the U.S. Constitution.
Discussion: Law Blog and Associated Press
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.
Sarah Palin / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Support the Ryan Roadmap  —  Let's not settle for the big-government status quo, which is what the president's deficit commission offers.  —  The publication of the findings of the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was indeed, as the report was titled, “A Moment of Truth.”
Jamie Dupree / Jamie Dupree Washington Insider:
Summary of Tax Deal  —  Senate leaders have released a summary of the Obama-GOP tax deal that is now pending on the Senate floor.  A first test vote has been scheduled on it for Monday afternoon.  The following details were provided by the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Charles Ealy /
Incentives for ‘Machete’ denied  —  The Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez's Austin-based Troublemaker Studios.  —  In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Big Hollywood
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fascinating stuff, as always
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral