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Obama agenda: Who gets the credit?

The conservative New York Post bills the tax deal passage as a “major victory for Republicans.”

The New York Daily News counters: “Democratic purists can complain all the way to 2012, but President Obama did what he must to save the economy - and himself - from falling into the abyss. The $858 billion tax compromise he cut with resurgent congressional Republicans is the political equivalent of a divorce settlement: a deal that leaves both sides squealing. Obama had the most to lose, so this two-year back-room package is a bigger victory for him than the Republicans who vow to make him miserable when the 112th Congress convenes Jan. 5.”

“About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Obama’s Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said yesterday,” the AP reports.

Jimmy Carter says the country is ready for a gay president and thinks it will happen soon.