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4:15 PM ET, December 17, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  GOP Wins On Keystone As Senate Agrees To Two Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension  —  Senate leaders have agreed to a plan that will prevent key policies, including a two percent payroll tax cut for employees, from lapsing on January 1, 2012, according to top aides.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Passes Two-Month Extension for Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Benefits, Doc Fix
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’  —  Ron Paul took his disagreement with Michele Bachmann over foreign policy as relates to Iran to Jay Leno's couch last night, and putting a finer point on his thoughts, via POLITICO's Ginger Gibson.  —  Ron Paul on Jay Leno's show took a dig …
Spencer Platt / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Picks Up the Attacks on Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for Earmarks  —  SPENCER, Iowa - With his eyes on a spot in the top three in Iowa come January, Rick Perry made it evident Saturday that he's looking to knock Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul from their perches atop the Iowa polls.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Paul claims Bachmann ‘hates’ Muslims
Discussion: The Politico
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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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Can Tea Partiers Grow to Love Mitt Romney?
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich just wants to have fun
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Reuters
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Nikki Haley's Mitt Romney endorsement catches flak
Discussion: Daily Kos, Reuters and CNN
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.
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.
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.
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Gingrich ramps up objections to judicial branch's power  —  Newt Gingrich is giving fair warning to judges and courts across the country: If he becomes president, the judiciary won't reign supreme.  —  The former House Speaker and current Republican presidential front-runner convened …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
 
 
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
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Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Discussion: TalkLeft
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