Tributes to Holbrooke, Assange in court, possible tax deal vote in Senate
December 14th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Tributes to Holbrooke, Assange in court, possible tax deal vote in Senate

Reaction to diplomat's death - Richard Holbrooke, 69, who spearheaded the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian war, died three days after surgery to repair a torn aorta.

We take a look at reaction from those who knew Holbrooke (pictured above), his legacy overseas, the view that he was an archetype of U.S. diplomacy and specifically his legacy in Bosnia.

Assange in court - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will reapply for bail at a court hearing Tuesday in London as protesters gathered outside the court demanding his release.

CNN's Susan Candiotti explores why Assange and other controversial figures attract a fan base as the man behind the diplomatic cable releases tries to stave off extradition to Sweden over sex-crime allegations.

Tax deal vote? - Final Senate approval could come as early as Tuesday on the hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders.

The plan includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire December 31 and would also extend unemployment benefits for 13 months, cut the payroll tax by 2 percentage points for a year and continue a series of other tax breaks.

Anticipating final Senate approval of the measure, Obama on Monday urged the House of Representatives to pass it quickly despite misgivings by some House Democrats about specific provisions in the package such as one on the estate tax.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. dragan

    December 14, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. davec.0121

    The death of Richard Holbrooke is truely tragic, given what he has accomplished for his country and the world. When the European community seemed helpless to end the bloodshed in the Balkans, he was able to create a settlement that, while not ideal, has lasted.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. LBertram

    I'm certainly not happy about the over $800 billion increase in debt this extension adds. But, what are millions of unemployed suppose to do without an extension of their benefits? The extension will provide food, some type of shelter, and gas for vehicles to even look for work. Both parties need to put their stubborn pride aside and just think about, FOR ONCE, what it would be like for them with NO JOB, NO INCOME, NO HEALTH INSURANCE, NO FOOD. Both parties claim to protect the interests of the middle class, but both Dems & Rep are only allowing their greedy selfish pride to take center stage. Pathetic!

    December 14, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Doctors of the United States,
    Do any of you know what could cause a torn Aorta,stress.high BP etc.?

    December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |


      December 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie

    you are so right bout them putting there own selfish ways before The american citizens that are receiving unemployment benifits thats helping pay for utilities, gas and other necessities that are needed in everyone life and cant find jobs and for the ones that have kids they cant get things they kids need and so on i think they need to just aprove what mr. obama is trying to do as soon as possible instead of helping the rich get richer and the poorer get poorer help help help

    December 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      How much should the check from the U.S.Government be for every month on top of their regular income so poor and lower middle class can live well in America?

      December 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boney


    December 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pw

    Rest in peace Ambassador Holbrooke. My heart goes out to his family.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pw

    The republicans do not care about the middle class or the poor. They just care for their corprate friends. You dumb teabaggers been had.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Frank – just by the way you made that statement im fairly certain you have never gone without the basics. What you should think about tho is the economy will NOT be stimulated by the top 3 percent. That will only happen by the poor and middleclass spendin

    December 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    and if they cant find jobs or recieve unemployment there will be no spending which boosts the economy. Or maybe you think we should just help the banks and wall street? Oh and yea lets not hold em accountable and yea one thing more, u dont have 2 pay back

    December 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    That kinda sums up how i feel about my tax dollars bein wasted. If you have to waste them at least use it for good and not greed! We are the first ones to help other countries in trouble which is great but what about our own people?

    December 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. really?

    Let the vote fail. The rich doesn't need anymore money. The unemployed need to get a job.

    December 15, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |