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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: