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10:05 AM ET, December 9, 2010

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Senate leaders set to begin debate on tax cuts  —  Senate leaders are planning to begin debate on a far-reaching tax package as soon as Thursday as rank-and-file Democrats warm to an agreement between the White House and Republicans to extend a host of expiring tax cuts and pump fresh cash into the economy.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt  —  The White House must convince Dems—50 in the House and about 15 in the Senate.  —  For agreeing to a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, President Obama is now facing a full-fledged revolt within his party.  The responses from congressional Democrats …
The Politico:   Biden steps into Rahm's shoes
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Falling Off the Bandwagon
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A What-If on the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Political Punch:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'*  —  The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.
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Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Twitter Suspends Wikileaks Defenders' Profile
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Collins Hands Reid A Final Offer On Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  Here's what Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that she needs to support a full Senate debate on the defense authorization bill (the vehicle for Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal): 15 guaranteed votes on amendments …
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
House of Representatives narrowly approves Dream Act; Senate must now vote on immigration bill  —  In a last-ditch showdown on immigration relief for illegal migrants, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly approved the so-called Dream Act that would offer …
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Los Angeles Times:
House passes immigration Dream Act
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin's Republican Problem  —  It's well documented that Sarah Palin has problems with Democrats and independents, but the first seven states where we've looked at the 2012 Presidential election make it clear that she has a Republican problem as well.  —  It's not that Republicans …
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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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, msnbc.com and The Page
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg: I'm Not Running for President.  Period.  —  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg - who is often discussed as a potential third party candidate for the presidency in 2012 - told CBS News' Katie Couric Wednesday there is “nothing” that would compel him to enter the coming presidential race.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Michael Bloomberg's Contempt for Democracy.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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.”
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 …
Discussion: South Capitol Street
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
‘Prince of Pork’ to Approps chair  —  Rep. Hal Rogers may have sworn off earmarks as he lobbied his way into the powerful House Appropriations Committee chairmanship, but there's a reason he's earned the nickname “Prince of Pork.”  —  Over the past two years, Rogers has requested $175,613,300 in earmarks …
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ABCNEWS:
‘Prince of Pork’ to Mind the House Pocketbook?
Don Surber:
The night Chris Matthews told the truth  —  I was watching Hardball tonight and came up with this when Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer said Republicans are for the “wealthy rich,” as opposed — I suppose — to the wealthy poor.  —  I hope you like it.  The transcript follows:
Discussion: South Capitol Street
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Opens The Door To Raid Social Security  —  One of the interesting aspects of the “framework” announced by Obama to prevent marginal income tax increases on anyone is that part of the quid pro quo demanded by Obama was a one-year 2% drop in the portion of social security (FICA) …
Discussion: The TrogloPundit
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Why the “Liberals Can Mount Primary Challenge to Obama” Talk Makes No Sense  —  Beware, liberals!  Beware the specter of John Ashbrook.  As you “murmur” and “bubble” about the bright idea of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 Democratic presidential primary, remember that there are worse fates than opposing a president and losing.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama takes his case to the independent center  —  It took a month for Barack Obama to make clear what he has learned from the midterm election “shellacking,” but the time has not been wasted.  Future political historians are likely to trace his recovery - and reelection, if that's what happens - back to decisions made in December.
Discussion: National Review
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dominoes  —  There was something strange to me about the GOP reaction yesterday to the tax cut news.  Or at least something unexpected.  I hadn't made clear sense of it until I got this news late last night, but all day yesterday I couldn't shake the feeling that the whole didn't add up.
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
No Deficit of Courage  —  IS it, in fact, 1994-95 all over again?  The atmospherics are certainly familiar.  We have a Democratic president who appears to be tacking to the center to work with Republicans after being battered in the midterms.  Jilted liberals, meanwhile …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Obama uses labor board to revive Card Check
msnbc.com:
Dems help Chinese firm chase stimulus
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric
Discussion: Politics Daily
Tony Karon / Time:
Netanyahu Forces an Obama Mideast Retreat
Discussion: The Washington Note
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Down From The Pedestal  —  Americans no longer think the U.S. economy …
Discussion: American Prospect and Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Brewer: Napolitano changes ‘moccasins’ for Supreme Court immigration fight
Discussion: Federal Eye
Sara Murray / Real Time Economics:
About 6 Million Didn't Work at All Last Year
Discussion: Economist's View
Julia Preston / New York Times:
House Backs Legal Status for Many Young Immigrants
Discussion: Mercury News and New York Times
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of the WikiLeaks debate
Discussion: Scripting News and War in Context
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul