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4:00 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 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:
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 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’
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 …
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.
The Note:
‘Shameless!’: Senate Rejects 9/11 Health Bill
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 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Palin in Progress: What Does She Want?  —  For the longest time, Sarah Palin was leery of Facebook.  Some of the comments left on her page during the 2008 vice-presidential campaign were so withering and unpleasant that it took months of coaxing by her staff and her daughters Bristol and Willow …
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.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sarah Palin says website was attacked in Operation: Payback
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Wonkette, Gawker and Guardian
‘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.”
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.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Iowa GOP chair to seek 2nd term, cites Nov. gains  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa's Republican Party chairman said Thursday that he will seek a second term and doesn't expect any opposition.  —  “I've got well over majority support in the committee,” said Matt Strawn.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: Drop ban on U.S. trials for Guantanamo prisoners  —  Attorney General Holder is urging the Senate to drop a provision in a spending bill that passed the House on Wednesday that would ban transfers of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the U.S. — effectively scuttling the prospects …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Lawfare
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph  —  From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:  —  Or maybe you prefer bar graphs?
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