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7:10 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 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.
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 …
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
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
House Democrats Oppose Tax Cut Deal
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.
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.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senate fails on repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell' included in defense bill  —  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.) …
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.
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'
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Defense Bill Falls 57-40, But Lieberman And Collins Pledge …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Crash and burn: DADT repeal fails, 57-40
Discussion: and National Review
The Note:
‘Shameless!’: Senate Rejects 9/11 Health Bill
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 …
‘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.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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.
TRENDING: Palin goes to Haiti
Discussion: National Review
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.
Tuition fees protesters attack car carrying Prince Charles …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Guardian
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: Politics Daily and USA Today
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 …
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.
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.
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph  —  From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:  —  Or maybe you prefer bar graphs?
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Estate tax proposal draws fire from conservatives who want full repeal  —  A provision in President Obama's tax proposal to reinstate the estate tax next year is dividing some conservative groups, throwing another wrinkle into the contentious debate.  —  The proposal has enraged Democrats …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Pro-WikiLeaks cyber army gains strength; thousands join DDoS attacks  —  Volunteers download attack tool, organizers recruit hacker botnets, say researchers  —  Computerworld - The retaliatory attacks by pro-WikiLeaks activists are growing in strength as hackers add botnets and thousands …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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