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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.
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
GOP Threaten to Harm the Economy If Obama Won't Embrace Tar Sands Pipeline  —  GOP Threaten to Kill Tax Relief and Unemployment Extension Over Keystone XL Pipeline, Which Won't Improve Energy Independence or Create Many Permanent Jobs … By Kate Gordon and Daniel J. Weiss in a CAP repost
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 …
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Agree on 2-Month Extension of Payroll Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — Senate leaders said on Friday night that they had reached a deal that would extend a payroll tax cut for two months — falling far short of the year-long extension they had been seeking.
Washington Post:
Senate leaders reach agreement to extend payroll tax cut for 2 months  —  Senate leaders reached an agreement Friday to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, averting a New Year's tax increase for millions of workers.  The agreement also will require the administration to decide quickly whether …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama
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: 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  —  Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brought her star power to bear Friday after she backed Mitt Romney for president.  —  Romney seemed energized by the political coup, telling the Greenville audience: “Today I woke up with a big smile on my face.”
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney Clarifies Remarks on Medicaid
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
It is finally being recognized that the eurozone made a major policy breakthrough … Here is the story, and you will recall my earlier post here.  Karl Smith asks how this fits in with the treatment of collateral, and here is also a more skeptical take on the arbitrage.
Nathan Koppel / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry, Pensioner  —  He may not act like a retiree, but GOP presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry has collected monthly retirement benefits for much of the year.  The governor elected in January to start receiving a state employee retirement annuity of $7,698 a month …
Discussion: Hot Air and MyFox Philadelphia
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
David Frum / FrumForum:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  A friend of theirs once took Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue to dinner at Palm Beach's Everglades Club, notorious for its exclusion of Jews.  —  “You will behave, won't you?”  Carol anxiously asked Christopher on the way into the club.  No dice.
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Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011  —  I met Christopher (never Chris) in 1997.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Slate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama looks safe in New Mexico  —  Barack Obama is considerably less popular in New Mexico now than he was in 2008.  He won 57% of the vote there, but now has an approval rating under 50% in the state at 49/46.  Those represent the poorest numbers we've found for him in New Mexico all year …
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 …
Soni Sangha / New York Times:
Underground Pre-K Groups, Often Illegal, Abound in New York  —  IT WAS 6 P.M. on a Friday in early June, and my children's dinnertime coincided with the moment the New York City Department of Education posted acceptance letters online for 4-year-olds seeking prekindergarten spots in public school.
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 …
CBS News:
Cantor promises swift action on STOCK Act  —  Obama: My support for Israel “unshakable”  —  Who had strongest showing in Iowa debate?
Discussion: The Politico
The United States Department of Justice:
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez Speaks at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Investigative Findings Announcement  —  Good morning.  We are here to discuss the results of our civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.  —  In June 2008, the Justice Department began its investigation of MCSO.
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Canada's Approach to Inconvenient Art  —  Franke James is a Canadian artist with deep concerns about her country's outsize contribution to resource waste and the building accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Check her scrolling artwork titled “Fat Cat Canada's Giant Litter Box” for an example.
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
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.
Discussion: Political Mojo
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
Group Clears Path for a Third-Party Ticket  —  To those who bemoan the lack of better choices in presidential elections, third-party fantasies come easily at this stage in a campaign.  End hyper-partisanship and Washington dysfunction: Vote Bloomberg-Petraeus in 2012!
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Newt And The Health Care Mandate  —  As of this writing Newt Gingrich is opposed to the ObamaCare individual health insurance mandate.  However, the Times tells us that this is a recent conversion:  —  More broadly, he has indicated his agreement with the most controversial aspect …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Obama makes impassioned plea for support from Jewish audience  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — President Obama made an impassioned plea for continued support from American Jews on Friday, listing off his accomplishments on social issues and touting his record in support of Israel's security.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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