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Next Read: Looking back at today

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Next Read: Looking back at today

President Obama, with the help of business leaders, kept up the pressure on members of Congress to pass a tax deal reached with Republicans that would extend Bush-era tax rates for all income levels for two years and extend unemployment insurance for 13 months, along with other measures, NBC's Athena Jones reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=240FB:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

But there was no sale today with House Democrats. In a non-binding vote Thursday, the House Democratic Caucus voted to reject the president's tax compromise, NBC's Luke Russert reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=240FC:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

Senate leadership says it's close to being ready for a vote on the president's tax cut deal. The "framework" had to be turned into actual legislative language, a written bill, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that is completed, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=240FD:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

The 53 Democrats who signed on to a letter by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., calling the tax proposal "fiscally irresponsibile" and "grossly unfair" won their 2010 midterm re-election contests by an average of 29.5 points, according to an NBC analysis, msnbc.com's Carrie Dann reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=240FE:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

A vote on the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal failed to overcome a filibuster, garnering 57 votes, three short of the 60 needed. Forty, including one Democrat voted against. Currently the repeal is contained in the Defense Authorization bill, but two proponents -- Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) -- said they will introduce a standalone bill, msnbc.com's Carrie Dann reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=240FF:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

The DREAM Act vote, which was supposed to take place today, was bumped to at least next week. But that actually means it won't just be a symbolic vote. Democrats think they have an outside shot of getting the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and wanted more time to try and corral those potential votes. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24100:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291& and http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24101:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

The deficit commission co-chairs want the president to push for reforms and submit his proposals early next year. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24102:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

Inside the Boiler Room: Has President Obama changed the ways of Washington? http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24103:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

Despite some labor unions opposed to the South Korea Free Trade deal President Obama struck, the president predicted it would pass, NBC's Athena Jones reports. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24104:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

Kicking the habit: With a new Surgeon General report out on the dangers of smoking, the White House was asked once again about President Obama's smoking. http://broadcaster.msnbc.msn.com/t?ctl=24105:B2CA5A050EF65E329484C71FE53AE291&

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Kicking the habit

Key vote on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal fails

Inside the Boiler Room: Changing Washington?

Tax cut letter signers mostly hail from safe seats

Obama predicts Korea trade deal passage; AFL opposes pact



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