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12:25 PM ET, December 9, 2010


 Top Items: 
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 …
Ballot Box:
Rep. McMahon eyes '12 run, blasts liberals for acting like ‘petulant children’  —  Rep. Mike McMahon (D) is waiting to see what redistricting does to New York's 13th district before launching a bid to reclaim the seat from Republican Michael Grimm.  —  McMahon's Staten Island seat …
Discussion: 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
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Advance:   Outgoing congressman supports president on extension of Bush tax cuts
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Why liberals don't like the tax cut deal — in graphs
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonk Room
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Economix
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: Mediaite and Washington Post
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Elizabeth Edwards funeral to be protested by Westboro church  —  According to the Westboro Baptist Church's Web site, the Kansas church known for its anti-homosexual protests will protest Elizabeth Edwards's funeral in Raleigh, N.C., near the Edenton Street United Methodist Church on Saturday.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Huck's mansion  —  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is building a $3 million house on Blue Mountain Beach just east of Destin, Fla. He bought the lot on the famous sugar sand beach last year for $800,000 and this year took out a building permit for a house expected to cost $2.2 million.
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
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.
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
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
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Will Pigford vindicate Andrew Breitbart?  —  This summer Andrew Breitbart, publisher of a number of conservative news sites, found himself in the throws of a media scandal of dramatic proportions — and one which he later discovered went far deeper than a mere contextual snafu.
Bernie Sanders on Tax Deal: Those extreme right-wingers won't end there!  —  Appearing on the “Tavis Smiley Show” last night, socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared his opposition to the GOP and Obama administration tax deal and furiously declared that the republicans …
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Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
St. Nicholas Church sues Port Authority, claims that agency …
Urban Meyer / Washington Post:
Clinton snubbed by Iranian foreign minister; WikiLeaks has K Street scrambling
Discussion: Politics Daily
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Markey says thousands of renewable jobs at stake in tax package
Discussion: South Capitol Street
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
Aman Ali / Reuters:
New York taxi advocate suggests drivers use race profiling
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
More Money Woes Revealed At Republican National Committee
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TPMDC
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Rep. Weiner: Obama More ‘Negotiator-in-Chief’ Than ‘Leader of Our Country’
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Collins Hands Reid A Final Offer On Don't Ask, Don't Tell