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Posted at 5:02 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Afternoon Fix: Elizabeth Edwards has died, President Obama defends tax-cut compromise; Dem consultant Murphy and DCCC's Vogel to start own media firm

By Chris Cillizza

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* 2010 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee executive director Jon Vogel and Democratic consultant Steve Murphy will be starting their own media firm, sources tell the Fix.


* Elizabeth Edwards, RIP.

* At a White House press conference, a visibly angry President Obama defended the tax-cut deal he hammered out with congressional Republicans, calling the debate over the cuts "the public option debate all over again."

* National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) penned a fundraising email in which he claims that Obama's tax-cut compromise was the result of the GOP's sweeping midterm gains. Wrote Cornyn: "President Obama's decision yesterday to join with Republicans in opposing the largest tax increase in American history was made not because he had a sudden change in political or economic philosophy."

* Mississippi Republican National Committeman Henry Barbour announced that he is backing Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus for Republican National Committee chairman. "Reince understands the job. He has the vision to help us grow and strengthen our Party, and, finally, he has the energy and enthusiasm to do the job the way it must be done," Barbour wrote.

* A day after its preferred candidate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), announced that she will not run for RNC chair, Tea Party Nation has endorsed former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis.


* The Cook Political Report has released its initial 2012 ratings for House and Senate races.

* Cheshire County Republican Party Chair Juliana Bergeron has announced that she will run to succeed John Sununu as New Hampshire Republican Party chair. A new chairman will be elected at the GOP state committee's annual meeting on Jan. 22.

* The Susan B. Anthony List and Americans for Tax Reform will host a debate among the candidates for RNC chairman at the National Press Club on Jan. 3, 2011.

* House Democrats hold their caucus meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Will any consensus on the tax-cut deal emerge, or will those opposed continue to dig in their heels?

* A new poll by Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) approval rating at 59 percent. The survey also shows that Klobuchar would lead any one of five potential Republican challengers in her 2012 re-election bid.


Have a very Basil Christmas.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | December 7, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
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