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Despite House rebellion, Obama is confident on tax deal

Despite critical outcries from Democratic members in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Barack Obama is confident Congress will pass the tax deal he compromised on with Republicans, according to CNN.

Debate on the enormous tax cut package proposed by the president began in the Senate Thursday night. The bill would extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all income levels, a measure secured by Republicans who opposed the president's wish to end the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while extending unemployment benefits, according to the New York Times.

Democrats in the House are expressing fierce opposition to the bill, especially over the estate tax provision, which sets an exemption of $5 million per person with a top rate of 35 percent, according to the New York Times.

Democratic members of the House suggest that they will work to make more palatable revisions to the bill after it passes in the Senate.

Obama open to compromise in tax grid lock

After the U.S. Senate shot down two attempts by Democrats to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to the middle class, President Obama and G.O.P. leaders signified that a compromise may be on the horizon, according to the New York Times and Wallstreet Journal.

The Senate fell short of the 60 votes it needed to bring a bill to the floor that would extend tax cuts to individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples earning less than $250,000, with some Senate Democrats joining all of the Senate Republicans voting against the bill this weekend, according to the Wallstreet Journal.

The Senate also prevented debate on a bill that would raise the threshold of the middle class tax cuts to those earning less than $1 million and make that limit permanent.

President Obama told Democratic leaders that he is open to extending the tax cuts to all individuals with some concessions from Republicans, including extending unemployment benefits, according to the Wallstreet Journal.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader, said in an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday that he predicted the Bush-era tax cuts would be extended temporarily to all citizens, including those making over $250,000, despite the wishes of Obama and most Senate Democrats, and extending unemployment benefits would be part of this compromise, according to the New York Times.

4 found dead in suburban Florida home

One adult and three children were found dead in a suburban home in a typically peaceful neighborhood near Tallahassee, Florida, according to CNN.

Medical professionals are working to determine the causes of death, and a homicide investigation is under way.

"There's obvious violence in the home," David McCrane, a police spokesman, said, according to the Associated Press. "How that violence transpired, we're not sure."

The children were 6 and 3-years-old.

Nazis given "safe haven" in U.S. after WWII

Nazis and their collaborators were given a "safe haven" in the U.S., a secret U.S. Justice Department report said, according to The New York Times.

The 600 page report, obtained by the New York Times, was commissioned in 1999, and edited in 2006. The Justice Department tried to keep the documents secret, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The report focuses on the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, foremd in 1979 to deport Nazis. The report says that known Nazis were allowed into the U.S. for postwar intelligence purposes.

"America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became -- in some small measure -- a safe haven for persecutors as well," the report said, according to The New York TImes.

African runners race to victory in NYC marathon

A woman from Kenya and a man from Ethiopia were the first female and male finishers in the New York City marathon Sunday, according to CNN.

Edna Kipligat of Kenya won the women's title, winning the 26.2 mile race with a time of 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gebre Gebremarian of Ethiopia won the men's race with 2 hours and 8 minutes, according to CNN.

Gebremarian's victory came after the world record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, dropped out of the race halfway through, according to The New York Times.

Stewart, Colbert rally in D.C. with a gaggle of celebs

A crowd stretching several blocks rallied with Comedy Central funnymen Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert Saturday in Washington D.C., as the two comics put on a laugh-packed show with celebrity guests and an ambiguous political message at "The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear", according to the New York Times.

While no candidate or party was overtly endorsed, Stewart and Colbert took jabs at journalists and fear-monger politicians, according to CNN.

The rally was structured around characters played by Stewart and Colert, one calling for peace and sanity, and the other perpetuating fear, according to the New York Times.

The rally also featured celebrities like singers John Legend and Sheryl Crow and actor Sam Waterson, according to CNN.

The rally was viewed by many as a satire on Fox News correspondent Glenn Beck's rally "Restoring Honor," held two months ago, according to the New York Times.

Boxer leads in California, according to new poll

Incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer signifigantly leads her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina among California voters, according to a new poll released Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Boxer leads with a margin of 50 percent to 42 percent against Fiorina, according to a poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, according to the New York Times. 922 likely voters were surveyed, and the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Boxer was shown to have a slight lead over Fiorina before President Obama appeared at a luncheon and rally Friday for the Democratic incumbent, according to CNN. The president's appearance is one of a handful he has made in recent days, stumping for Democratic candidates in other states like Nevada and Minnesota.

Rutgers football player paralyzed from the neck down

Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was left paralyzed Saturday after colliding with an Army player during a tackle at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, according to the Star Tribune.

LeGrand underwent emergency surgery Saturday night to stabilize his spine at a New Jersey intensive care unit. It was announced Sunday that the Rutgers student was paralyzed from the neck down, according to the Star-Ledger.

LeGrand's spinal cord was injured during the fourth quarter of the game against the Army when he made a tackle on a kickoff return, according to the Star Tribune.

LeGrand's coach, Greg Schiano, said that his team believes LeGrand will once again play for Rutgers. He called the junior player "a fighter," according to the Star-Ledger.

New York gubernatorial candidate makes anti-gay statements

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladrino criticized gays Sunday while speaking to Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, according to the Associated Press.

Paladrino criticized his Democratic opponent for marching in a gay pride parade, according to the Associated Press.

Paladrino said he didn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option," according to CNN

The candidate's statements came one day after an eighth suspect was arrested in connection with a violent anti-gay hate crime in New York, according to CNN.

Emanuel steps down as chief of staff

President Obama announced Friday that Rahm Emanuel, his White House chief of staff, has stepped down from his position, according to CNN.

The announcement comes as little surprise, as Emanuel is expected to run for mayor of Chicago, according to the New York Times.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff will take Emanuel's vacant position while Obama searches for a full time replacement. CNN reports the list of contenders for the position include White House aides Tom Donilon, Phil Schiliro and Ron Klain.

Emanuel is expected to make an official announcement that he is running for mayor of Chicago this weekend, according to CNN.

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