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“The lopsided network coverage perpetuates the Democratic premise that George W. Bush’s 2001 tax cuts were an aberration from the presumably ‘normal’ rates established by Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax increase,” says news analyst Kyle Drennan. “It’s a sign that newly empowered conservatives will have to fight a two-front war in 2011. Against both a wounded liberal Democratic administration and a hostile news media that puts government first.”

MCCASLIN/HOLMES HOME

A number of Washington-area Beltway readers want to know where they can listen locally to “America’s Morning News,” the snappy talk-radio collaboration between The Washington Times and Talk Radio Network, hosted by John McCaslin and Amy Holmes, with regular contributions from Times staffers. Answer: WTNT, 730 AM, from 6 to 9 a.m. Listen online as well at www.730wtnt.com.

POLL DU JOUR

• 83 percent of those who contributed to President Obama’s campaign “deeply” oppose tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.

• 74 percent deeply oppose a deal with Republicans to extend the tax cuts.

• 67 percent say they support extending tax cuts for those who make less than $250,000.

• 57 percent say they are less likely to support Democrats who favor this deal.

• 51 percent say they are less likely to contribute to Mr. Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Source: A Survey USA/Washington Post poll of 1,132 registered voters in 20 states conducted Dec. 6.

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