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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.
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REP. CHARLIE RANGEL
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
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.
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.
"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.
…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.
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."
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