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3:15 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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Passes Two-Month Extension for Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Benefits, Doc Fix  —  The Senate approved a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a fix to physician's Medicare reimbursement payments for two months.  The final vote was 89-10.
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  GOP Wins On Keystone As Senate Agrees To Two Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate leaders strike short-term deal to extend payroll tax holiday
Discussion: CNN, Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Victory II: Democrats Cave on Keystone in Payroll Tax Cut Deal
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.”
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:   Paul on Bachmann: ‘She hates Muslims’
A.Killough / CNN:
Paul claims Bachmann ‘hates’ Muslims
Discussion: The Politico
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.
ABCNEWS:
Romney Declares Himself ‘Ideal’ Tea Party Candidate  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney said today he's “the ideal candidate” for the Tea Party movement because his stance on issues lines up “pretty darn well” with the movement he says will soon realize that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich isn't their best option for president.
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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
Discussion: Daily Kos and TBogg
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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Milt Shook / The PCTC Blog:
There's No Such Thing as an “Indefinite Detention Bill” and Other Pro Left Lies  —  One of the most galling things about the professional left is the number of times they lie to make a point.  You can't be a progressive and also lie to the people who read your stuff.
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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New York Times:
Senate Leaders Agree on 2-Month Extension of Payroll Tax Cut
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Church That Aided Wall St. Protesters Is Now Their Target  —  For months, they were the best of neighbors: the slapdash champions of economic equality, putting down stakes in an outdoor plaza, and the venerable Episcopal parish next door, whose munificence helped sustain the growing protest.
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
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.
 
 
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