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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Afternoon Newsdome: Everyone's angry about Obama's tax deal ... or are they?

>> Everyone's pissed about President Barack Obama's tax deal. Liberals are complaining about tax cuts for the wealthy and conservatives are kvetching about unemployment insurance. But are they? According to a Gallup poll, 66 percent of all adults support both measures together, and it's these moderate Democrats and Republicans that Obama hopes will reelect him in 2012. So wait, there are moderate Americans? (Gallup)

>> Carl Shapiro, who was a potential passive accomplice in Bernie Madoff's insane Ponzi scheme, surrendered $625 million in victim reparations after the Feds turned their investigation to him a year and a half ago. Thank God the old sap will be getting that tax cut. (the New York Times)

>> After Mastercard blocked donations to WikiLeaks, hackers from Operation Payback, or hacktivists if you will, took down the credit card company's site in the U.S. and U.K. today. They also changed Mastercard's Wikipedia page to say: "MasterCard is an evil puppet of the US government, bowing to demand to cease handling WikiLeaks payments due to some vague reference to illegal activity." I want to be a hacktivist! (TechCrunch)

>> How effective is al-Hurra, the Saudi Arabian news channel funded by the U.S. that costs up to $500 million in taxpayer dollars? The WikiLeaks diplomatic cables showed that regular American television programming was actually much more effective in swaying the opinions of Saudis, including reruns of "Friends" and "Desperate Housewives." Get it Jenn Aniston! (the Guardian)

>> And finally, I just had to share with you this insightful quote from Christine O'Donnell at an appearance in Virginia yesterday: "Tragedy comes in threes: Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards's passing, and Barack Obama's announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits." (The Hill)

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