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12:10 PM 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.
Ballot Box:
Rep. McMahon eyes '12 run, blasts liberals for acting like ‘petulant children’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Tax cut deal can't be changed, Biden tells House Democrats
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Advance:   Outgoing congressman supports president on extension of Bush tax cuts
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
The Politico:
Biden steps into Rahm's shoes
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Economix
Ezra Klein:
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House passes DREAM Act, but bill faces tough Senate vote Thursday  —  House lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation allowing illegal immigrant students to remain permanently and legally in the United States.  —  The DREAM Act — a top priority of Democrats in both Congress and the White House …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral  —  (CNN) - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.  —  The Kansas-based Church - monitored by anti-hate groups …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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 …
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
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Markey says thousands of renewable jobs at stake in tax package
Discussion: South Capitol Street
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Will Pigford vindicate Andrew Breitbart?
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
To Test Housing Program, Some Are Denied Aid
Discussion: Gawker
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph
The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Hires Angelo Carusone, Leader Of ‘Stop Beck’ …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
More Money Woes Revealed At Republican National Committee
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TPMDC
The Local:
Juncker blasts Berlin for ‘un-European’ behaviour
Discussion: Yglesias and Project Syndicate
 Earlier Items: 
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama takes his case to the independent center
Discussion: National Review
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Collins Hands Reid A Final Offer On Don't Ask, Don't Tell