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12:40 AM ET, December 11, 2010


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Bernie Sanders / Truth-O-Meter rulings …:
Bernie Sanders, in viral speech, says top 1 percent earn more than 23 percent of U.S. income  —  On Nov. 30, 2010, Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, made a Senate floor speech about the gap between rich and poor in America.  It soon went viral on the Internet.
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Daily Kos
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Bernie Sanders's last stand  —  The left's been looking for a new hero.  Tonight they latched onto one: Sen. Bernie Sanders.  —  The Vermont independent took progressive fury over President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans to the floor of the Senate Friday, bringing the chamber …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
‘Filibernie’: Sanders rips tax deal for more than eight hours  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is railing against President Obama's tax-cut package in a lengthy floor speech.  —  Sanders, one of the Senate's leading liberals, is protesting Obama's deal with Republicans …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bernie Sanders going to talk until this country turns socialist, damn it
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sanders Ends Daylong Filibuster Of Tax Cut Compromise
Discussion: Harry's Place
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Sanders' Long Senate Floor Speech Brings Attention to Details of Tax Cut Deal
Discussion: USA Today, NPR, Sky Dancing and Guardian
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Filibuster, C-SPAN Has A Hit On Its Hands
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Bernie Sanders Filibusters Tax Cuts NOW
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Bill Clinton apparently now president again  —  The depressing truth: Given the alternative, it really would be great news.  —  I can't do justice to what you're about to see.  The spectacle of the president bugging out of his own press conference to go to a Christmas party is weird enough …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Swindle of the year  —  Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 - and House Democrats don't have a clue that he did.  In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The Surprise Trip to the Briefing Room  —  The unannounced visit by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton to the White House briefing room was a surprise to absolutely everyone - including Mr. Obama's top advisers.  —  When the meeting between the two men ended just after 4:15 p.m. on Friday …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Tax Compromise Must Now Die  —  House Democrats have rejected the Senate's negotiated tax compromise.  In a rowdy meeting in which one Democratic Congressman said loudly “F— the President,” the House Democrats turned Nancy Reagan and just said no.  —  Barney Frank still thinks it would pass, most likely with House Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill and
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control  —  Former President Bill Clinton gave a statement after his meeting with President Obama about his tax compromise with the Republicans.  However, after his statement, Clinton began to call on and take questions from the press with Obama at his side.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Will Obama really end tax cuts for rich in 2012?
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Palin-Hating Columbia Professor, Huffington Post Blogger, Busted for Incest  —  Let's begin with a flashback, shall we?  In July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, Columbia University professor David Epstein wrote at his Huffington Post blog: … Got that?
Columbia Daily Spectator:
Professor David Epstein charged with incest with his daughter  —  Political science professor David Epstein was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with one count of incest in the third degree at an arraignment hearing on Thursday.  —  Political science professor David Epstein, 46 …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and AmSpecBlog
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Huffington Post Blogger Charged With Incest
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Above the Law
John R. Quain / Fox News:
Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon  —  U.S. Navy engineers at the Office of Naval Research prepared and test-fired a slug from their rail gun in a 2008 test firing.  On Friday, December 9, the ONR will attempt to break its own record.  —  A theoretical dream for decades …
National Review:
Levi's Story  —  A study on “When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America” was published Monday by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Daily Dish
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Levi Johnston and the marriage decline
Ezra Klein:
The White House's case for the tax-cut deal in one graph  —  They're circulating this around the Hill:  —  It's also worth nothing that those numbers could end up looking a lot better — say, if the payroll-tax cut gets extended next year, which many think likely - or …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I'm trying to decide which congressional observation …
Nyheter -
“A new WikiLeaks” revolts against Assange … The new project, “Openleaks,” has been under way for some time and will be launched Monday. has spoken to individuals behind the new site and the message is clear. … “As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure …
Assange Lawyers Prepare for U.S. Spying Indictment
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOCIAL SECURITY'S HUMBLE ORIGINS.... When President Obama was doing his best to defend his tax deal with congressional Republicans to the left the other day, he emphasized to his allies that “in order to get stuff done, we're going to compromise.”  —  To bolster his case, the president noted …
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Online NewsHour
Paul Krugman:
Social Insurance History
Richard Wolffe mocks Palin and C.S. Lewis as just “a children's author”  —  I don't know if I should expect any better from ignoramuses from MSNBC, but this is supposedly a “respectable news organization” with shallow and arrogant individuals who only live to ridicule and belittle without thinking.
The Daily Caller:
MSNBC commentator Richard Wolffe made fun of former Alaska …
Wall Street Journal:
From Audacity to Animosity  —  No president has alienated his base the way Obama has.  —  We have not in our lifetimes seen a president in this position.  He spent his first year losing the center, which elected him, and his second losing his base, which is supposed to provide his troops.
Discussion: Firedoglake
John / Power Line:
Man In the Middle?  —  I think President Obama will benefit politically …
Discussion: South Capitol Street
CBS News:
John Not a Speaker at Elizabeth Edwards Funeral  —  Her Estranged Husband Missing from List of Those Slated to Give Eulogies  —  (CBS) Plans are set for Elizabeth Edwards' funeral Saturday.  —  Mourners will hear tributes from her daughter and two close friends - but not her estranged husband …
Associated Press:
Add-ons turn tax cut bill into ‘Christmas tree’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - In the spirit of the holiday season, President Barack Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans is becoming a Christmas tree tinseled with gifts for lobbyists and lawmakers.  But that hardly stopped the squabbling on Friday …
Discussion: Power Line
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Obama's losing support; Romney would beat him now  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, so low that he'd lose the White House to Republican Mitt Romney if the election were held today, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Harold Pollack / The Reality-Based Community:
Wow I am disgusted by Peter Orszag's move to Citigroup  —  This morning's New York Times includes a nice column by Peter Orszag about disability.  It begins with the words “I will begin a new job for Citigroup in January, so this is my last article.”  Page 6 of the business section provides …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Strategic Mistake of a Decade.  —  Now that the Senate has killed DADT repeal, I wonder if anyone remembers this? … Democrats and moderate Republicans responded with a “Gang of 12” that would preserve the judicial filibuster while allowing some of Bush's nominees to go through.
Discussion: South Capitol Street
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama honors Nobel winner with statement about himself