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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Daily Political Wire 12-11-2010

George Wenschhof

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton weighed in on the Tax Cut Compromise -
in a big way as he took the stage in the White House press briefing room. After, meeting privately with President Obama, the two appeared before reporters. Obama left the room to meet the First Lady at a holiday event leaving Clinton alone, back in his element, facing the press.

Clinton did not disappoint, as he made a compelling argument to pass the tax cut compromise.


Sunday morning "Talking Heads" Lineup -
as the lame duck congress rapidly comes to an end, the discussion will center on pending bills. The tax cut compromise will receive a majority of the attention with White House senior adviser David Axelrod appearing on several of the morning talk shows. Also, sure to be mentioned is the ratification of the START Treaty, repeal of D.A.D.T., and the DREAM Act.


President Obama Pivots to Tax Code Overhaul -
expect him to push for a major revision of the tax code in his state of the union address early next year. A needed change recommended by the bipartisan deficit reduction committee and federal reserve chair Ben Bernanke.

The last change was made in 1986, after an appeal from President Reagen in his 1984 state of the union address. The NY Times has more here.


Miller Loses legal appeal in Alaska Senate Race -
hopefully, the outcome will now be decided soon in his battle against incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski. A federal judge ruled against a challenge by Miller that 8,159 write-in ballots had not spelled her name correctly, therefore violating state law. Miller has until tuesday to appeal to the state supreme court.

The state official count had Murkowski with a 10,000 vote lead over Miller. has more here.


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