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12:05 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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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  —  Round one of this fight went to Obama.  Round two, to the GOP.  Round three?  A TKO decision for Republicans.  A senior GOP source tells me that Democrats have agreed to a two-month extension of the temporary payroll tax cuts …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Daily Kos
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
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DealBook:
S.E.C. Accuses Fannie and Freddie Ex-Chiefs of Deception
Discussion: Vox Verax
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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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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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.
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
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
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 …
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?
Ahmed Rehab / The Huffington Post:
Let's Face it: It's the Radical Right, not Islam, that is the Greatest Threat to the American Way  —  Imagine if a major American advertiser were to pull its ads off of Jersey Shore because they received objections that the show while portraying a group of Italian-Americans, made the glaring error of excluding Mafiosi.
Discussion: New York Times and Weasel Zippers
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Dem congressman: We 'didn't know what the hell was going on' when we passed Obama stimulus [VIDEO]  —  California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, told The Daily Caller that Democrats in Congress passed the $825 billion Recovery Act because they …
Yoram Bauman / New York Times:
Gray Matter: Economists Are Grinches  —  THE stereotypes about economists are well known: that we're selfish Grinches; that we don't read human interest stories because they don't interest us; that the only reason we don't sell our children is that we think they'll be worth more later.
 
 
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