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11:20 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 …
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 …
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.
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Advance:
Outgoing congressman supports president on extension of Bush tax cuts  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Liberal Democrats and others who are howling at President Barack Obama for dealing with the GOP on taxes should stop acting like “petulant children,” outgoing Rep. Michael McMahon said yesterday.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Tax cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
The Politico:   Biden steps into Rahm's shoes
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
How Fox News Spun Health-Care Debate  —  As the debate over the public option heated up last year, Fox News brass told staffers to change the way they talked about it.  Howard Kurtz on the memo that echoed a key GOP talking point.  —  As the health-care debate was heating up in the summer of 2009 …
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 …
Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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
The end of the settlement freeze gimmick is not the end of the world, or the possibility of peace  —  For many months now I have been in predicting that the US would probably be able to secure a three or four-month settlement freeze extension, allowing for the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Tony Karon / Time:
Netanyahu Forces an Obama Mideast Retreat
Discussion: The Washington Note
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released his estimate of the effect of the tax-cut deal; it shows a fairly big boost to growth in 2011, with most of that boost given back in 2012.  My guess is that the actual numbers will be smaller: I suspect that Zandi's multipliers assume …
Discussion: Free exchange, Ezra Klein and Economix
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal
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
Sarah Palin's Reading List: Political Star Insists She's Well-Informed  —  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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Aman Ali / Reuters:
New York taxi advocate suggests drivers use race profiling  —  (Reuters) - The head of a New York taxi driver organization came under fire on Wednesday for suggesting that cab drivers should racially profile passengers before picking them up to help avoid getting attacked.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Financial Times:
US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years  —  By Richard Milne in London and Michael Mackenzie in New York  —  US Treasuries suffered their biggest two-day sell-off since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, following a torrid month that has seen borrowing costs for western governments soar.
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 …
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
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
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 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Foundry
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Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Local:
Juncker blasts Berlin for ‘un-European’ behaviour
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
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
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Ronald Brownstein /
Down From The Pedestal  —  Americans no longer think the U.S. economy …
Discussion: American Prospect and Yglesias
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 and JustOneMinute
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The crux of the WikiLeaks debate