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10:45 AM ET, December 9, 2010


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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Will the tax deal hold together?  —  The White House is scrambling to keep the bipartisan tax agreement from unraveling.  It has launched an aggressive effort to portray it as “a done deal” and is trying to cut off the haggling and press for a vote in the next few days.
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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:   Sarah Palin's Reading List: Political Star Insists She's Well-Informed
The Hill:
Tax cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Falling Off the Bandwagon
The Politico:
Tax deal gains steam toward passage
Discussion: Hot Air, Clusterstock and RedState
The Politico:   Biden steps into Rahm's shoes
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:
How Fox News Spun Health-Care Debate
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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.
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Twitter Suspends Wikileaks Defenders' Profile
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
House passes immigration Dream Act
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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
New Republican lawmakers are hiring lobbyists, despite campaign rhetoric  —  During his campaign to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, GOP nominee Ron Johnson accused Democratic incumbent Russell Feingold (D) of being “on the side of special interests and lobbyists.”
Discussion: Politics Daily
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 and Hit & Run
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Rep. Weiner: Obama More ‘Negotiator-in-Chief’ Than ‘Leader of Our Country’  —  After his behind closed doors sparring match with Vice President Biden last night, Congressman Anthony Weiner still had some fight in him this morning on “GMA.”  —  “Unfortunately I think that President Obama sees …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Obama uses labor board to revive Card Check  —  When labor lawyer Craig Becker's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board was rejected by a bipartisan vote of the Senate in February, it was due to fears on both sides of the aisle that the former counsel for the AFL-CIO …
The Local:
Juncker blasts Berlin for ‘un-European’ behaviour  —  Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg prime minister and Eurogroup chairman, launched a blistering attack on Germany on Wednesday, calling its flat rejection of proposals for eurozone bonds “un-European.”  —  Juncker told German weekly Die Zeit …
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right  —  Coalescing behind a single 2012 presidential candidate is going to be tricky for the ever-fractured conservative Christians of the GOP.  —  Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee  —  Surveying the crop of would-be Republican presidential contenders …
Discussion: GOP 12
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
More Money Woes Revealed At Republican National Committee  —  Debts Under Michael Steele $4 Million Higher Than Previously Disclosed  —  The Republican National Committee has quietly disclosed more than $4 million in previously unreported debt in amended filings with the Federal Election Commission …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
George H.W. Bush Endorses Arms Treaty
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Free exchange:
The deal, and the yields  —  WASHINGTON'S deficit hawks had a good few months.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Paul Krugman
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Senate votes to remove Judge Thomas Porteous from office
Dems help Chinese firm chase stimulus
Tony Karon / Time:
Netanyahu Forces an Obama Mideast Retreat
Discussion: The Washington Note
Ronald Brownstein /
Down From The Pedestal  —  Americans no longer think the U.S. economy …
Discussion: American Prospect and Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Weigel:
Why the “Liberals Can Mount Primary Challenge to Obama” Talk Makes No Sense
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Brewer: Napolitano changes ‘moccasins’ for Supreme Court immigration fight
Discussion: Federal Eye
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Opens The Door To Raid Social Security
Discussion: The TrogloPundit
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of the WikiLeaks debate
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal