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10:50 AM ET, December 11, 2010


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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Holds Forth on Tax Plan, for Starters  —  WASHINGTON — They have been foes and they have been, kind of, friends.  And on Friday afternoon, President Obama and former President Bill Clinton walked unexpectedly into the White House briefing room for a news conference …
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
President Obama Brings Bill Clinton In To Talk Tax Plan...And Then Leaves To Go To A Christmas Party!  —  “I've never seen anything like that,” said MSNBC's Cenk Uygur after cutting back following a press conference on the tax plan.  It had begun with a surprise appearance by President Obama …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton takes the White House stage, again  —  If not a transfer of power, the whole show seemed at least a temporary handoff.  An embattled president, fresh off an electoral shellacking and struggling to sell a controversial tax deal to members of his own party, turned to a former president who …
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.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The Surprise Trip to the Briefing Room
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and New York Times
Associated Press:
Add-ons turn tax cut bill into ‘Christmas tree’
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Will Obama really end tax cuts for rich in 2012?
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Firedoglake, TPMDC and Daily Kos Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Bernie Sanders: In 2007, “the top 1 percent of all income earners in the United States made 23.5 percent of all income,” which is “more than the entire bottom 50 percent.”  —  Bernie Sanders, in viral speech, says top 1 percent earn more than 23 percent of U.S. income
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
With Filibuster, C-SPAN Has A Hit On Its Hands  —  Mr. Sanders has gone to C-SPAN.  —  Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, started speaking against the Obama administration's tax cut deal on Friday morning, in full view of C-SPAN2's cameras, and by lunchtime his old-fashioned filibuster …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bernie Sanders going to talk until this country turns socialist, damn it
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Sanders' Long Senate Floor Speech Brings Attention to Details of Tax Cut Deal
Discussion: USA Today, NPR, Guardian and Sky Dancing
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sanders Ends Daylong Filibuster Of Tax Cut Compromise
Discussion: Harry's Place and Sky Dancing
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Bernie Sanders Filibusters Tax Cuts NOW
Discussion: Daily Kos and
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: The Confluence and Runnin' Scared
The Huffington Post:
Palin Proves Voters Were Right in 2008  —  First, let's get the preliminaries cleared out of the way.  A week ago, Sarah Palin was never going to be president of the United States.  Today, Sarah Palin is never going to be president of the United States.  Once you've accepted that fact …
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Huffington Post Blogger Charged With Incest
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks  —  YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Richard M. Nixon made disparaging remarks about Jews, blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a series of extended conversations with top aides and his personal secretary, recorded in the Oval Office 16 months before he resigned as president.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, Hot Air and TPM LiveWire
Katharine Russ / LA Weekly:
Jeremy Marks “Attempted Lynching” Case  —  Black teen who filmed an LAUSD campus cop hitting a student faces bizarre charges and years in prison  —  On Dec. 2, Jeremy Marks, a Verdugo Hills High School special education student, was offered a new plea offer by the L.A. County District Attorney …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and GOP 12
Daily Mail:
Cenotaph hooligan is son of Pink Floyd star: Cambridge history student in riot outrage says he didn't know what memorial stood for  —  The long-haired lout who defiled the Cenotaph is the son of millionaire Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.  —  Charlie Gilmour, 21, was also in the baying mob …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Bookworm Room
Minnesota Public Radio:
Ellison: Dems must “create crisis” to force GOP on tax cut  —  St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison said Thursday that Democratic lawmakers “need to create a real crisis” to force Republicans to renegotiate the tax cut compromise.
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOCIAL SECURITY'S HUMBLE ORIGINS.... When President Obama was doing …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Tax Compromise Must Now Die
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Harold Pollack / The Reality-Based Community:
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