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7:20 PM ET, December 17, 2010


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Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Sen. Corker Threatens Reid: If You Bring DADT Repeal For A Vote, We'll Walk Away From START  —  This afternoon, as momentum began to build for repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) threatened that if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brings up a vote to repeal the ban …
Dana Bash / CNN:
Aides: GOP senators may let 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal go forward  —  Washington (CNN) — Four key GOP senators who have announced their support of a “don't ask, don't tell” repeal are prepared to join Democrats in voting to let the bill proceed, as long as Congress first deals with a measure …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Senator to Dems: If you try to pass DADT, Republicans won't pass START  —  UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: In an interview with me just now, Senator Bob Corker doubled down on his contention that if Dems move on DADT, Republicans will be less likely to support START.
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Food safety bill looks dead, though Democrats say they haven't given up  —  Democrats say they haven't given up on legislation that would overhaul the nation's food safety system, but a Republican Senate aide said the bill is dead after the omnibus spending bill it was tacked on to was defeated Thursday night.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Republicans threaten to derail START  —  Key Senate Republicans are threatening to pull their support of the START nuclear arms treaty because they don't like the way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is handling the Senate floor schedule.  —  On the second full day of debate on the treaty …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
A Primer On The Fallout Of OmnibusFAIL
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Republicans Taking Other Hostages, Threaten to Shoot START if DADT Repealed
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Reid Gives Up on Omnibus Spending Bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Swampland
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The new comeback kid  —  If Barack Obama wins reelection in 2012, as is now more likely than not, historians will mark his comeback as beginning on Dec. 6, the day of the Great Tax Cut Deal of 2010.  —  Obama had a bad November.  Self-confessedly shellacked in the midterm election …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Sends $801 Billion Tax Cut Bill to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Congress at midnight Thursday approved an $801 billion package of tax cuts and $57 billion for extended unemployment insurance.  The vote sealed the first major deal between President Obama and Congressional Republicans …
The Politico:
Obama signs tax-cut bill in White House ceremony  —  President Barack Obama celebrated the spirit of compromise Friday as he signed a controversial $858 billion tax-cut and unemployment insurance extension into law - but warned that bipartisan comity could be fleeting.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill and Hot Air
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Hints He May Rule Against Health Law  —  PENSACOLA, Fla. — A federal judge asserted on Thursday that it would be “a giant leap” for the Supreme Court to accept the Obama administration's defense of a central provision of the new health care law, suggesting he may become the second judge to strike it down as unconstitutional.
PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’  —  In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system.
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Breaking?  Study Finds Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed  —  To perhaps nobody's surprise, a study released this week finds that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of any news consumers.  —  The University of Maryland study, called “Misinformation and the 2010 Election,” …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Study: Some Viewers Were Misinformed by TV News
Ezra Klein:
Obama brand remains surprisingly strong  —  Some interesting — and unexpected — results in The Washington Post's big post-election poll.  First, Obama's position against the Republicans in Congress is much stronger than that of his predecessors.  The following polls were all taken …
Discussion: and Hot Air
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Could Lame Duck Be a Big Win for Obama Agenda?
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
CNN and Tea Party Express to host 2012 debate  —  CNN said Friday that it is joining forces with the Tea Party Express — a political action committee that played a key role in the 2010 midterm elections — to co-host a Republican presidential debate.  —  The debate is scheduled for Labor …
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Era Begins With Refusal To Debate ‘Omnibus’ Spending Bill
KOCO Oklahoma City's Channel 5:
Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse  —  Federal Examiners Say Religious Decoration Inappropriate  —  PERKINS, Okla. — A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won't let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.  —  Federal Reserve examiners come every four years …
David Frum / FrumForum:
How Would President Romney Govern?  —  “Sincerity is everything - once you can fake that, you've got it made.”  —  There's Mitt Romney's problem in 1 sentence.  He cannot fake sincerity.  His insincerity is blatant, inescapable, clumsy and off-putting.  Ross Douthat phrased the indictment …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mitt Romney and Olive Garden
Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
Snub for Obamas as Royal sources reveal they will not be invited to Prince William's wedding  —  President Obama and his wife Michelle will not be invited to Prince William's wedding next year.  —  Because Prince William is not yet heir to the throne, his wedding to Kate Middleton is not classed …
Duluth News Tribune:
Our view: Pawlenty wishes he'd have run again; will he pursue the presidency?  —  Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn't even hesitate.  “Yes,” he answered when asked by the News Tribune editorial board this week whether, after the Republicans took control of the Minnesota Legislature …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN, The Hill, AmSpecBlog and TPMDC
New York Times:
Pakistani Role Is Suspected in Revealing U.S. Spy's Name  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency's top clandestine officer in Islamabad was pulled from the country on Thursday amid an escalating war of recriminations between American and Pakistani spies, with some American officials convinced …
The Cook Political Report:
Reapportionment Preview: Mapping Out States “On the Bubble”  —  House Editor David Wasserman kicks off the Cook Political Report's in-depth coverage of Redistricting 2012, which you can also follow via Twitter handle @Redistrict as the remap gets underway.  Over the next year …
Discussion: The Fix and Derek Wallbank
Simon Vozick-Levinson /
Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, dies at 69  —  Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69.  A representative of New York City's Michael Werner Gallery, which showed his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW.
Discussion: Rolling Stone, alicublog and Hit & Run
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is This Tax Different From All Other Taxes?  —  I'm getting two arguments about the insurance mandate a lot.  First, I'm hearing that it's like car insurance, which is silly.  Car insurance is liability insurance requiring you to, effectively, post a bond in exchange for the privilege …
Discussion: EconLog
The Hill:
House funds government for three days, forcing return next week  —  House lawmakers on Friday passed a 72-hour budget fix, forcing members to return next week to finalize a longer-term proposal.  —  House leaders had hoped the Senate could reach an agreement by week's end on a medium-length budget bill …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Sarah Palin on 2012 Plans, Double Standards for Women  —  Palin Says Thinking About Presidential Run Is a ‘Prayerful Consideration’  —  Sarah Palin is surveying the lay of the land to consider whether to make a presidential run in 2012, she told “Good Morning America” …
The Huffington Post:
Stewart Spends Last Show Of 2010 ENTIRELY On 9/11 First Responders Bill (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Thursday night marked the final “Daily Show” of the year — and the decade — and Jon Stewart devoted the entire program discussing something near to his heart: the 9/11 First Responders Bill.
David Weigel / Weigel:
How They Learned to Start Worrying and Stop Appropriating  —  The omnibus spending bill died in the Senate last night, and the death was a long time coming.  It started to bleed in 2006, when a series of rule changes and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act were passed …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Bigger Is Easier  —  President Obama faces an enormously difficult challenge over the next few weeks.  —  On the one hand, this moment is ripe for fundamental change.  There is a pervasive sense that the nation is at a Sputnik moment when it either rises to face the international competition or it does not.
Larry Flynt / The Huffington Post:
Why I Am Donating $50,000 to WikiLeaks' Defense Fund  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Let's get something straight: Julian Assange is a journalist.  You can argue that he is not practicing journalism the way you think it should be practiced — releasing classified U.S. State Department documents — but he's a journalist nonetheless.
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Student Activism
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New Post blogger is expert in everything
Discussion: Gawker and ThinkProgress
Karen K. Narasaki / Congress Blog:
DREAM Act is an acute issue for Asian Americans
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Nathan Cox / Washington Post:
Sexuality doesn't matter on the battlefield
Discussion: CNSNews, AmSpecBlog and AMERICAblog Gay
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Top RNC fundraiser quits
Andrew Brown / Guardian:
WikiLeaks and Israel Shamir | Andrew Brown
Discussion: CNN and Little Green Footballs
Diana B. Henriques / DealBook:
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 Earlier Items: 
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia, Bo to Hawaii; Not Taking the Jumbo Jet
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
An incoherent Congress  —  The tax deal passed last night, and without changes.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Seconds Before Blast, the Making of a Hero
Discussion: FrumForum
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Columbia U. vs. the little guy
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Limits of the Taxing Power
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wall Street Whitewash