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1:31 PM ET, December 9, 2010


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Lbentzterp / CNN:
House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill  —  (CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.  —  “This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus.
The Hill:
Pelosi pledges to win changes as House Dems reject tax-cut deal  —  The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday rejected the tax deal negotiated between the White House and Senate Republicans.  —  The non-binding vote of the caucus held during a closed-door meeting puts tremendous pressure …
The Huffington Post:
House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — In a meeting on Thursday morning, the House Democratic caucus rejected the president's proposed deal on the Bush tax cuts but did not fully submarine the possibility of its passage …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Politico:
House Dems reject tax deal  —  The House Democratic Caucus voted to oppose President Barack Obama's tax plan, throwing into flux weeks of negotiations on an issue that has turned many congressional Democrats against the White House.  —  Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio offered a resolution …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
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’
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Democratic Revolt
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  —  CAP's Michael Linden produced a nice chart showing why the tax deal is tough for liberals to swallow:  —  The red and blue on the chart are a bit confusing, so read it closely: On the left, you're seeing the amount of money Obama …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Wonk Room
Paul Krugman:
Block That Metaphor  —  Mark Zandi of Moody's has released …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Economix
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
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
As if Elizabeth Edwards did not have enough difficulties to face …
Discussion: beliefnet and American Power
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Levin: Clock is ticking on defense bill  —  The leading Senate Democrat on military matters pleaded with the upper chamber to start debating the 2011 defense policy bill, but he struck a pessimistic tone over the bill's chances to make it to the president's desk for the final signature.
Discussion: The Note and National Review
Dana Bash / CNN:
Reid may press ahead with 'don't ask, don't tell' vote
Discussion: The Plum Line, Wonk Room and TPMDC
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.
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 …
Senate Dems cancel vote on DREAM Act  —  (CNN) — Senate Democrats conceded Thursday they don't have the votes to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that would have offered a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children.  —  Democrats voted to pull the measure from consideration on Thursday.
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 …
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Ron Paul, Author of ‘End the Fed,’ to Lead Panel Overseeing Fed  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Representative Ron Paul, Texas Republican and author of “End the Fed,” will take control of the House subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve.  —  House Financial Services chairman-elect Spencer Bachus …
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
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Iowa GOP chair seeking second term  —  Washington (CNN) - Iowa GOP chairman Matthew Strawn, coming off a dominant election cycle for Republicans in the Hawkeye State, told CNN Thursday he will seek a second term as the party's leader.  —  The move positions Strawn as a central player …
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 …
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.
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The Online Office of Congressman Peter Welch:
Welch and 53 House Democrats oppose Obama tax deal
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and The Hill
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Julian Assange should be awarded Nobel peace prize, suggests Russia
Discussion: Gideon Rachman's …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
St. Nicholas Church sues Port Authority, claims that agency …
Bernie Sanders on Tax Deal: Those extreme right-wingers won't end there!
Huck's mansion  —  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is building …
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
The tax deal in one graph
Financial Times:
US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years
The end of the settlement freeze gimmick is not the end of the world …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 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
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
No Deficit of Courage
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Political Punch:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters …