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START stopped: The Obama administration had been pulling out all the stops in its public relations campaign to get the lame-duck Senate to ratify the new arms-limitation treaty with the Russians. But then Sen. John Kyl of Arizona, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, whom Democrats hoped to woo, said “Nyet.” He cited the lack of time to properly debate the proposed treaty before year’s end. Actually, New START is a lousy agreement that favors Moscow and directly threatens the security of the United States. Period.

Earth to pols: Democrats were so severely slapped around in the Nov. 2 elections, it’s hard to imagine that they still don’t get it. But they don’t, as evidenced by their continuing refusal to consider extending the Bush-era tax cuts for “the rich.” Worse, some Republicans are advocating a temporary extension — two or three years. Like there’s the salve of certainty for businesses trying to plan for the future, right• Congress is sure to screw this up and everybody’s taxes will rise on Jan. 1. And what a march on Washington that will be.

Ed’s debt: Lame-duck Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell loves to brag about his fiscal stewardship. Never mind that the commonwealth’s debt rose from $6.1 billion to $9.2 billion during Fast Eddie’s tenure. No send-off party will be complete for this fella without a big bucket of warm tar and big bag of itchy feathers.


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