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NYT reports Obama deal with GOP near—they get Bush tax cuts for rich, he gets jobless help. Joe Scarborough tweets: "Politically, I am stunned the President is extending the tax cuts to millionaires." Paul Krugman column: Let’s NOT Make a Deal. Let taxes rise for all, if necessary, rather than give in to "blackmail." Eric Boehlert tweets: "Extending tax cuts adds $500 billion to deficit. Tea Party remains utterly silent. Press pretends not to notice."
A massive Peter Boyer profile of John Boehner for The New Yorker just went online.
Assange ups ante—now says OBAMA (as well as Hillary) must resign if ordered spying at UN. Julian, don’t hold your breath in that bunker… Relieved that Palin, on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, did not shoot Assange from a helicopter… AP: Supporters claim Assange may seek asylum in Switzerland… New John Bolton piece at the Guardian on WikiLeaks naturally attacks Obama above all… Alex Baldwin at Huff Post: Yeah, "throttle" Julian Assange—but only if also put Cheney on trial for the Valerie Plame leaking… More from Assange lawyers at BBC, on assassination and fighting Swedish charges.
At Huff Post, close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. calls for primary challenge to Obama in 2012.
Karzai orders four officials on Afghan election panel arrested, as criticism of recent voting increases… As US leaves, Iraqis who depended on us—a large number—are suffering economically.