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1:15 PM ET, December 17, 2011

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Manu Rajuand Scott Wong / The Politico:
Payroll deal sails through Senate, 89-10  —  The Senate on Saturday morning approved a two-month extension of a payroll tax break and jobless benefits, easily passing a year-end legislative package that also forces President Barack Obama to make a controversial decision on a major oil pipeline in the thick of his reelection campaign.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats: Concession to GOP on Keystone will force Obama to kill pipeline  —  Senate Democrats say the Obama administration will kill the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, a controversial issue in the debate to extend the payroll tax holiday.  —  Senate leaders on Friday agreed …
CNBC:
Lawmakers Reach Deal On Temporary Payroll-Tax Cut  —  Senate leaders agreed on compromise legislation Friday night to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months while requiring President Barack Obama to accept Republican demands for a swift decision on the fate …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Victory II: Democrats Cave on Keystone in Payroll Tax Cut Deal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate leaders strike short-term deal to extend payroll tax holiday
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich of Freddie Mac  —  The Speaker's defense is hurting him as much as his $1.6 million payday.  —  Newt Gingrich's opponents aren't letting up in their criticism of his lucrative ties to the failed mortgage giant Freddie Mac after he resigned as House Speaker in the late 1990s.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Scott Walker Shuts Down Cancer Screenings Through Planned Parenthood  —  Gov. Scott Walker is a ruthless extremist, and more women in Wisconsin will die of cancer, thanks to his right-wing vendetta against Planned Parenthood.  At least we have the satisfaction of knowing that every time he pulls …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
Scott Walker's Next Target: Cancer Screenings for Women
Discussion: Daily Kos and TBogg
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Removing right-wing riders  —  Late Thursday, policymakers struck an agreement on funding the government through September, averting a government shutdown that would have begun last night.  The House easily approved the $1 trillion spending deal yesterday, and the Senate is expected to do the same today.
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Rush Limbaugh:
Nikki Haley Endorsement: Tea Party Attempts to Replace GOP Establishment  —  RUSH: I can't tell you the number of e-mails I got from people just as disappointed as they can be that Nikki Haley has endorsed Romney.  Now, the reason people are disappointed is because she's a Tea Party governor.
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Nikki Haley's Mitt Romney endorsement catches flak
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reuters
Kevinliptak / CNN:   S.C. governor rallies crowd for Romney
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
When it Comes to Taxes on the Poor, the Supply Siders are Right  —  A couple of days ago, I referred to the fact that poor people face some of the highest marginal tax rates in America.  I received several emails from economics professors, gently correcting me: they face all the highest marginal tax rates in America.
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
Waging a One-Man War on American Muslims  —  During the mid-1990s, after hearing about the harassment of gay students, the principal of Largo High School in Florida created a support group for them.  Over the next year or two, the meetings also drew sympathetic friends, evolving into a club called the Gay Straight Alliance.
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Staciacnn / The 1600 Report:
First on CNN: First lady accepts date to the Marine Corps Ball  —  Washington (CNN) - 20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November.  “With your husband's permission of course,” said Leeks.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Milt Shook / The PCTC Blog:
There's No Such Thing as an “Indefinite Detention Bill” and Other Pro Left Lies  —  (Stay to the end, and watch me expose Glenn Greenwald as a liar once again.)  One of the most galling things about the professional left is the number of times they lie to make a point.
Melina Mara / ABCNEWS:
Ron Paul Takes Swipes at GOP Rivals, Says Michele Bachmann ‘Hates Muslims’  —  Ron Paul has gone Hollywood.  —  Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the presidential hopeful took a swipe at his GOP rivals telling the crowd that Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims.”
Discussion: The Caucus
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich just wants to have fun  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa - For Newt Gingrich, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  —  The former House speaker is getting hit with millions of dollars in negative ads.  His opponents made him a pincushion at Thursday night's debate.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Reuters
Gaylord Hotel / The White House:
Remarks by the President at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.  Please, please have a seat.  You're making me blush.  (Laughter.)  Thank you, Eric, for that extraordinary introduction …
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Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Obama makes impassioned plea for support from Jewish audience
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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