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9:25 AM ET, December 9, 2010


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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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of the WikiLeaks debate  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  WNYC's Brian Lehrer has spent the last week hosting one WikiLeaks critic after the next on his program, and it seems rather clear that he, too, is a fairly emphatic critic of the group and its founder, Julian Assange.
Discussion: Scripting News and War in Context
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Lisa Murkowski supports repeal of DADT  —  GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski has decided to support repeal of don't ask don't tell, her spokesman tells me, potentially adding another crucial GOP vote to the Yes column and putting 60 votes within reach.  —  “Her vote will depend on how free and open …
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Jon Kyl: No time left for START
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Hill and Eunomia
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Reid's office: Legalizing online poker still on lame-duck agenda
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
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.
The Politico:
Biden steps into Rahm's shoes  —  With Capitol Hill increasingly hostile territory for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden seems ready to take the place of the departed Rahm Emanuel as the one senior administration official who can deliver the White House's position …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A What-If on the Bush Tax Cuts
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Michael Bloomberg's Contempt for Democracy.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Ben Smith's Blog and Salon
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 …
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 …
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 …
‘Prince of Pork’ to Mind the House Pocketbook?
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal  —  I called Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi this morning to see what he thought of the tax cut deal.  When it comes to stimulus, Zandi's figures are probably the most influential in the country, and I've cited them several times before on this blog.  So what does he think?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Gitmo “Recidivism.”  —  The first thing to note about the new summary of a report on the “recidivism” of Gitmo detainees is that “recidivism” is an odd term, given that most of the detainees transferred from Gitmo haven't been convicted of crimes and that the term itself in this context is used …
Anna Mahjar-Barducci / Hudson New York:
Iran Placing Medium-Range Missiles in Venezuela; Can Reach the U.S.  —  Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources[1], according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010.  According to the article …
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
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Down From The Pedestal  —  Americans no longer think the U.S. economy …
Discussion: American Prospect and Yglesias
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Brewer: Napolitano changes ‘moccasins’ for Supreme Court immigration fight
Sara Murray / Real Time Economics:
About 6 Million Didn't Work at All Last Year
Discussion: Economist's View
Reza Aslan / The Daily Beast:
Let the Palestinians Declare Statehood
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Julia Preston / New York Times:
House Backs Legal Status for Many Young Immigrants
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Gates: Progress in Afghan war has ‘exceeded my expectations’
Discussion: Federal Eye
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House: Failure to Pass Tax Cut Compromise Bill Would …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Is Obama triangulating? Naah, not really.
Ridiculous: ADN asks whether Palin actually knows how to use a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Ex-candidate Tan Nguyen found guilty of lying
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Aaron Sorkin / The Huffington Post:
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