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12:40 PM ET, December 17, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Greens call out Keystone XL deal  —  Senate Democrats accepted a provision Friday forcing a decision in two months on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of the must-pass payroll tax cut package, leaving the White House on the brink of a meltdown with environmental groups.
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: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama
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.
Discussion: The Page and American Power
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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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  —  In Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood foes go after a program to provide women with free cancer screenings.  —  First he gutted worker's rights, then slashed state education funding and dumbed-down sex ed. Next on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's hit list?
Discussion: Daily Kos, TBogg and WBAY-TV
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Nikki Haley's Mitt Romney endorsement catches flak  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. - Nikki Haley's attempt to boost Mitt Romney is threatening her own support here at home.  —  Romney's campaign is using the South Carolina governor's endorsement to build his acceptance among the tea party base that's never …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reuters
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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.
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
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.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics  —  Newt Gingrich sat beneath the soaring dome in the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, and listened as a choir that included his wife sang …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Charges Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger and 12 Others in Scheme to Pump Stock in Sports Drink Company  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2011-268  —  Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Daniel Ruettiger and 12 other participants in a scheme …
 
 
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