December 5th, 2010
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State of the Union Early Bird for December 5, 2010

(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your coffee.

On our radar today:  Rep. Charlie Rangel's reaction to his censure, the latest in negotiations for extending the Bush tax cuts, and the effect Wikileaks has had on our intelligence community.

Check out some of our must-see reads this morning, and make sure to watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET.

REP. CHARLIE RANGEL

Crowd cheers censured Charlie

Watching Charlie Rangel fall: A painful experience

They wanted the perks that went with their positions of power. But they used them more often to help others along than for themselves, and they weren't greedy. Often, they were just sloppy about the demands of the new era of politics.

It makes you weep to see someone like this fall.

LAME DUCK ISSUES FOR CONGRESS

Lawmakers Weigh Deal to Extend Tax Cuts for All

The White House and Congressional leaders are now discussing a deal to extend the reduced tax rates at all income levels, at least temporarily, perhaps for two years.

Obama Says Tax Cut Extension Must Include Jobless Benefits, Credit Plans

An administration official said Obama told Democratic leaders in Congress he’d reject even a temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts if the legislation doesn’t encompass his own policies, which include the “Making Work Pay” tax credit that adds up to $800 per year in a married couple’s paycheck. Obama also wants more generous credits for the working poor, college students and adoptive parents enacted in 2009 to be renewed.

Congressional calendar endangers repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

"If we don't get it done this year, we'll have to start it all over again next year, and that will take many, many months," said Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Unemployment benefits waiting on Congress to reach a tax-cut deal

22 Republicans Balk at Arms Treaty

Barack Obama's deals may leave liberals behind

THE ECONOMY

Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis

WIKILEAKS

Afghans and Pakistanis Attack Cables

…a senior Afghan minister later took a more aggrieved tone, suggesting that the leaked cables had irreparably damaged relations between the American ambassador, Karl W. Eikenberry, and members of the Afghan government. The minister, Omar Zakhilwal, also said that remarks attributed to him by Mr. Eikenberry in one of the cables, disparaging President Hamid Karzai, were false.

Leaks may clog up anti-terrorism intelligence sharing

Repercussions are already being felt. The State Department last week disconnected its cable traffic from the secure network used by the military, depriving military analysts of the best reporting on the political situations in their areas of operations. And the White House ordered a governmentwide review of information security "to ensure that users do not have broader access than is necessary to do their jobs effectively."

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

IN OTHER NEWS…

North Korea Says South's Drills "Provocative"

Iran Rules Out Halting Nuclear Enrichment

Graham: GOP 'made some pretty poor choices' for Senate candidates this fall

Dem congressman: Afghanistan conflict 'not a winnable war'

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  1. Willy Brown

    You can have Ole Charlie he just another democrat tax cheat .

    December 5, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. GI Joe

    He should have been kicked out. Anyone over 70 needs to go. We need younger, more patriotic men and women determining ourfuture - not people from the 18th century think-set.

    December 5, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. greg sawyer

    Why don't any of you call these politicians on the tax cut lie. small and large business already gets a tax break for reinvesting in their business. So the tax cuts are for individual taxes. Tax breaks for the rich are just another political fraud perpetrated to destroy those who work for their money not inherit it.

    December 5, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |