WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.
Cave-in complete: Obama okays deal with GOP to prolong Bush tax cuts in exchange for jobless relief and cut in payroll tax. NYT’s Peter Baker: "Bridge to Republicans Alienates Liberal Base."….. Sen. Bernie Sanders threatens to filibuster tax deal…. JIm McDermott calls it "President’s Gettysburg." Anthony Weiner: Punting on 3rd down. Daily Beast here.
Tim Egan at NYT says Obama needs a big change: "If he can’t change his personal nature, he can change the master narrative of his presidency. To do that, he needs a Big Idea. One of the mystifying paradoxes of Obama is how this gifted writer, this eloquent communicator, has not been able to come up with a simple, overarching governing frame. "
Bill Maher tweets: "Seeing Palin kill that moose, a creature with a far higher IQ, inspired hate for her beyond what even I thought I was capable of."
Julian Assange arrested this morning in London on sex-related charges. Release of cables will go on. Strong article by Assange in Australia newspaper—clearly calls WikiLeaks a "media" outfit—and he will release video later today. Follow my live blog all day.
Garry Trudeau on Colbert show.
"Bullying and Censorship" at the Smithsonian.
Note: Once again, we’re submitting a more abbreviated Daybook today due to continuing "Blogging the WikiLeaks." Here is yesterday’s edition. Some of the late highlights from Monday:
The Guardian: Assange expected in court tomorrow—appeals to supporters to help make bond…. NYT updates legal moves against Assange and his threat to "automatically" release rest of cables and more if he is busted…. NYT blog wraps up threats to Assange’s son, lawyer’s response and the son’s blogging…. NYT with its daily late-afternoon Wiki report, today going from the Baltic and Russia to difficulty in halting arms flow in Middle East.… Final paragraph here clearly lays out sex charges against Assange as involving condom mis-use. The Guardian with more details.