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3:40 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.
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 …
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:
Don't topple economy by rejecting tax deal, Obama tells the Dems  —  President Obama warned his fellow Democrats on Wednesday that they risk plunging the country into a double-dip recession if they reject his tax-cut deal with Republicans.  —  As the White House intensified pressure …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Falling Off the Bandwagon
The Politico:
House Dems reject tax deal
The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes
Discussion: Open Left and AMERICAblog News
The Hill:
Tax-cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Ballot Box:
Rep. McMahon eyes '12 run, blasts liberals for acting like ‘petulant children’
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
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, Fox News brass 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 …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
December 2011  —  On the straight economics, the tax deal is worth doing.  But the history of the past two years drives home, if anyone doubted it, that economic policy must be considered from a political economy point of view; that you have to think ahead to how current policies affect …
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released …
‘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.”
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Graham: Americans ‘See Weakness’ in Obama's ‘Political Immaturity’  —  Washington — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), one of the Senate's high-profile mavericks, tells National Review Online that President Obama's “whining” over the tax deal reveals his “political immaturity.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP gets queasy over earmark ban  —  After agreeing to kill earmarks, some of the most conservative GOP lawmakers are already starting to ask themselves: What have we done?  —  Indeed, many Republicans are now worried that the bridges in their districts won't be fixed …
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.
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph  —  From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:  —  Or maybe you prefer bar graphs?
Ex-White House Budget Director Joins Citigroup  —  Citigroup has hired President Obama's first budget director, Peter R. Orszag, as a senior adviser to government officials and private investors.  —  Mr. Orszag will hold the title of vice chairman and will be the youngest member …
Discussion: Speakeasy
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Tim Murphy / New York Times:
Mixing Drinks, Adding Class
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Awl
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle:
Wind, solar backers take their case to Congress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fascinating stuff, as always
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
ObamaCare kills discount drug deals to childrens hospitals
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Michael Moore recently checked into luxury weight loss spa
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Targets Use of Costly Medical Devices
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
St. Nicholas Church sues Port Authority, claims that agency …
Huck's mansion  —  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is building …
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Will Pigford vindicate Andrew Breitbart?
Financial Times:
US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
No Deficit of Courage
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Don Surber:
The night Chris Matthews told the truth
Discussion: South Capitol Street