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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Afternoon Fix: Bill Clinton endorses Obama's tax plan; Bernie Sanders speaks out for more than six hours against tax package

By Chris Cillizza

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* After meeting with Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, President Obama handed the podium over to the former president at today's White House briefing, where the president endorsed Obama's tax-cut package.

* Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been on the Senate floor since 10:30 a.m., speaking out against the tax-cut package negotiated between Obama and congressional Republicans.

* Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has sent out a fundraising email to supporters ahead of a potentially difficult 2012 re-election bid. "I know it's early, but your contribution of $5 or more will make a real difference right now," Tester wrote.

* A new survey by Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows former governor John Engler (R) as the early frontrunner for the GOP nod against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Stabenow leads in match-ups with all of the GOP contenders polled but is under 50 percent.


* Chicago elections officials have scheduled for Monday a hearing regarding the legal challenges against former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's (D) residency status in the Chicago mayoral race.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will travel to Iowa and New Hampshire for two days each as part of his upcoming book tour, which will take the potential White House contender to a total of seven states and the District of Columbia.

* Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is up for re-election in 2012, announced that he will support the tax-cut package, less than a week after he compared the battle with Republicans over the bill to negotiating with terrorists.

* South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley (R) takes the top spot in Google's list of the "2010 Fastest-Rising Searches for People in Politics." The rest of the list includes 2010 California gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman (R), Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

* Mark your calendars: The Fix's December "Politics and Pints" trivia night is Monday night! Be there.


Happy Friday.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | December 10, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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