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Posted at 6:27 PM ET, 12/15/2010


By Ezra Klein

Recap: An estate-tax primer; how the tax deal could hurt Obama in 2012; and House Dems should either demand bigger changes to the tax deal or leave it be.


1) The return of the Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager!

2) It's really, really cold in Washington right now.

3) I don't usually link to my media appearances, but I thought this spot with Dahlia Lithwick and David Sirota was a pretty good discussion of the law, politics and policy of both the individual mandate and the public option.

4) Tom Harkin is ready to have a go at the filibuster.

Recipe of the day: Tongue tacos -- sous vide style.

By Ezra Klein  | December 15, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
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Ezra, I doubt you read these comments, but if you ever do, I can tell you a crucial situation that will affect Obama's re-election greatly which you may never even have heard of.

Have somebody do some research for you on CLO's, private equity, and refinancings due starting in 2011-2012. There's an employment trap door that could open at the worst possible time.

I'll even give you two clues, Linens-n-Things, and Vanguard Health Systems.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 15, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is telling members of Congress that failure to pass the tax-cut legislation could result in the end of his presidency, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) said.

ROFL! Tell Obama to get out of the White House.

Posted by: krazen1211 | December 15, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Dude, if you think temperatures in the 20s is cold, you are fooling yourself! I remember once in Pittsburgh, we went days and days when the windchilll never got above zero (F).

Posted by: AZProgressive | December 15, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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