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We have breaking news tonight on the death of Richard Holbrooke. The 69-year-old diplomat died at a Washington hospital after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.
Holbrooke once was described as the "hydrogen bomb" of diplomacy.
He was best known for being "the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement" that ended the Bosnian war - the deadly ethnic conflict in the 1990s during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Holbrooke served administrations from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama. Most recently he had been working on perhaps his toughest assignment - helping tackle the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tonight on 360°, we’ll look back on his diplomatic career with Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, who worked with Holbrooke in the Clinton White House.
We’re also tracking the war of words in Washington over tax cuts, where there are a lot of accusations of doubletalk and betrayal.
The Senate voted today 83-15 to move the deal Pres. Obama made last week with Republicans to a final vote perhaps tomorrow.
The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for another two years, fund unemployment benefits for another 13 months and lower the payroll tax for one year in hopes of boosting the economy. Also under the deal, the estate tax would return at a lower top rate of 35% with a $5 million exemption - instead of a top rate of 55% with a $1 million exemption.
The package would add $893 billion to the federal deficit over five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
"I recognize that folks on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy with certain parts of the package, and I understand those concerns, I share some of them, but that's the nature of compromise," said Pres. Obama at the White House.
Interestingly, he never used the words "Bush-era tax cuts" in his statement today to reporters. But, for months he was against extending them. Then he made the deal with Republicans.
As for the GOP, Sen. John McCain has also changed his tune on tax cuts. We'll dig into all of this tonight on the program.
And, we're throwing a penalty flag on the bad sportsmanship at yesterday's Jets-Dolphins football game. A coach is getting added to our 'Ridiculist' for his ugly conduct on the field.
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