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2:15 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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Wonkette and The Nation
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  —  Dear Answerperson: My boyfriend is a liberal Democrat and ever since the president announced his tax deal with the Republicans, he has been impossible to live with.  First he burned his “Audacity of Hope” sweater.  Then he began messing up the cat's litter box …
The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Politico:
House Dems reject tax deal
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
The Hill:
Tax-cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House Dems Vote No Confidence In Obama Tax Plan
First Read /
House Dem Caucus votes to reject tax compromise
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Politico
Ballot Box:
Rep. McMahon eyes '12 run, blasts liberals for acting like ‘petulant children’
The Online Office of Congressman Peter Welch:
Welch and 53 House Democrats oppose Obama tax deal
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Hill and TPMDC
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Fox News: Avoid ‘public option’ in health care debate
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonk Room
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 …
Bernie Sanders on Tax Deal: Those extreme right-wingers won't end there!
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released …
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
As if Elizabeth Edwards did not have enough difficulties to face while alive, she is now being dogged even in death, this time by a small, right-wing Kansas church that says it will picket her funeral at a Methodist church in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.  —  A statement from the Westboro Baptist Church …
Discussion: beliefnet and American Power
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Elizabeth Edwards funeral to be protested by Westboro church
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
‘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’ …
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.
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 …
Senate Dems cancel vote on DREAM Act  —  (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.  —  Democrats voted to pull the measure from consideration on Thursday.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is DADT repeal in trouble again?  —  The behind-the-scenes debate in the Senate over don't ask don't tell has had more ups and downs than a roller coaster ride, and it appears that this morning we may be on another downward plunge.  —  As you know, things were looking up yesterday afternoon.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Levin: Clock is ticking on defense bill
Discussion: The Note and National Review
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph  —  From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:  —  Or maybe you prefer bar graphs?
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Ron Paul, Author of ‘End the Fed,’ to Lead Panel Overseeing Fed  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — 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 …
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
More Money Woes Revealed At Republican National Committee
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TPMDC
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Obama uses labor board to revive Card Check
Discussion: The Foundry
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric
Discussion: Politics Daily
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