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3:25 PM ET, December 29, 2010

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Floyd Abrams / Wall Street Journal:
Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers  —  Everyone knows that Daniel Ellsberg leaked top-secret government documents about the Vietnam War.  How many remember the ones he kept secret, or why?  —  In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg decided to make available to the New York Times …
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Terrain Shifts in Challenges to the Health Care Law  —  The legal challenge to the Obama health care act has invigorated a dispute as old as the Constitution about the framers' most nettlesome grant of power, which gives Congress treacherously broad authority to pass laws “necessary and proper” …
WRAL-TV:
Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen  —  SANFORD, N.C. — An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.  —  Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended …
Gary Bauer / Human Events:
If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims  —  Few Americans would deny that Judeo-Christian beliefs and values informed the Founding of this country and that they continue to shape much of American life today.  Nor would many of us deny that Americans who embrace Islamic values are a distinct minority here.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Response to Wired's accusations  —  As noted above, the principal tactic of Wired.com Editor-in-Chief Evan Hansen and Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen in responding to my criticisms is to hurl a variety of accusations at me as a means of distracting attention from the issue that matters.
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Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson: “I Think Personally [Michael Vick] Should Have Been Executed”  —  Tucker Carlson again filled in for Sean Hannity on Hannity tonight, and couldn't resist, as others already had, delving into the issue of President Obama praising Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie …
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David Freedlander / New York Observer:
Soon To-Be Ex-Congressman John Hall Warns Against Creeping Fascism  —  In a wide-ranging interview before he prepares to leave the House of Representatives, Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall warned that the nation could quickly descend into Fascism if more is not done to curb the influence of corporate money in politics.
Alan Zibel / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Shifts on Fannie, Freddie Overhaul  —  Republicans Say Quickly Privatizing Mortgage Giants Would Squeeze Access to Home Loans and Depress Sales, Prices  —  Earlier this year, leading House Republicans proposed to privatize mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or place them in receivership starting in two years.
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Alan Zibel / Dow Jones Newswires:
Top House Republicans More Cautious About Fannie, Freddie
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yglesias
Felicia Sonmez / The Fix:
Scott Brown to kick off book tour during President's Day recess  —  Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown's upset win in January's special election for the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) instantly propelled him onto the national stage.  It seems only fitting that as he gears …
Discussion: The Hill, Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:   With health-care overhaul plan, Wyden and Brown become Senate's odd couple
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Top NRSC official: Several Senate Dems up in '12 in ‘serious trouble’  —  Washington (CNN) - The number two man at the National Republican Senatorial Committee says he thinks several Democratic senators facing re-elections in 2012 are in “serious trouble.”  —  But NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Republican campaign committee names top 2012 Senate targets
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say Obama's policies will likely fail  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enters the new year with a growing number of Americans pessimistic about his policies and a growing number rooting for him to fail, according to a new national poll.  —  Full poll results [pdf]
Associated Press:
Feds investigate Christine O'Donnell spending  —  BALTIMORE — A person with knowledge of the investigation says federal authorities have opened a criminal probe of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.
George Washington / naked capitalism:
Guest Post: Underneath the Happy Talk, Is This As Bad as the Great Depression?  —  The following experts have - at some point during the last 2 years - said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression: … How could that possibly be, when the stock market has largely recovered?
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Corrente
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE AYN RAND DISCIPLE LEADING THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE.... In my circle of friends growing up, I can think of quite a few folks who, between the ages of 16 and 22, briefly fell under the spell of Ayn Rand.  Someone loaned them a copy of Atlas Shrugged; they were convinced it was brilliant …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Sky Dancing
The Huffington Post:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai Longs For ‘Golden Age’ Of The Bush Years  —  What's Your Reaction: … BUFFALO, N.Y. — Longing for the early years of the Bush administration, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been consumed by anti-U.S. conspiracy theories, convinced American officials …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Gateway Pundit
Phil Gast / CNN:
Decision on possible Billy the Kid pardon expected by end of week  —  (CNN) — The governor of New Mexico has until Friday to decide whether to pardon outlaw Billy the Kid in the killing of a sheriff.  —  As of last week, Gov. Bill Richardson had received about 400 responses …
Daniel Golden / Bloomberg:
Plunge of For-Profit College Stock Makes Sperling Rail at Obama  —  As a humanities professor at San Jose State University from 1961 to 1973, John Sperling pioneered remedial reading classes for Mexican Americans and courses in social problems for police officers.
Ezra Klein:
Monetary policy in fiction  —  “It's too bad, ” writes Matthew Yglesias, that “'You Shall Know Our Velocity' isn't a novel about monetary policy.”  —  That got me wondering about whether there are any novels about monetary policy.  Some believe ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is an allegory …
Lynn Sweet:
Carol Moseley Braun also warns Bill Clinton to stay out of Chicago mayoral race  —  Chicago Mayoral hopeful former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) added her voice to a warning issued by mayoral rival Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.): Don't come to Chicago to campaign for Rahm Emanuel or risk his relationship with African Americans.
David Weigel / Weigel:
House Republicans Could End Lame Duck Sessions  —  Little-noticed over the holiday week: Rep. Lynn Jenkins tweeting this promise. … Jenkins linked to a story by David Farenthold explaining that the 20th amendment was supposed to end lame duck sessions by truncating the life of expired Congresses …
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
14th official state delay keeps Palin e-mail requests in limbo  —  HUGE VOLUME: State now projects May 31 as compliance goal.  —  rmauer@adn.com  —  The governor has come and gone, another has assumed the office and then has been elected in his own right, and activist Andree McLeod …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Wonkette
Daniel Tencer / Raw Story:
Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain  —  Political opinions are considered choices, and in Western democracies the right to choose one's opinions — freedom of conscience — is considered sacrosanct.  —  But recent studies suggest that our brains and genes may be a major determining factor in the views we hold.
Cathy Young / Boston Globe:
No Labels, but still sworn enemies  —  JUST IN time for the holidays, a new movement has arrived seeking to promote goodwill toward men (and women) across the political spectrum and to counter the nastiness and polarization that pervade our public discourse.
Discussion: National Review
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Some Va. history texts filled with errors, review finds  —  In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s as a bustling U.S. harbor (instead of as a Spanish colonial one).  The Confederacy included 12 states (instead of 11).
Discussion: AOL News
 
 
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Patrick Doyle / Rolling Stone:
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
More States Seeking to Follow Arizona's Push for Tougher Immigration Rules
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Army edits its history of the deadly battle of Wanat
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONSERVATIVES FEAR GAY COOTIES AT CPAC.... In February …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Faces Gloomy New Poll Numbers
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Long-term unemployment measure extended to five years
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William Booth / Washington Post:
In Mexico, only one gun store but no dearth of violence
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and The Consumerist
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
A truce in culture wars as voters focus on economy
Discussion: GayPatriot
NY Daily News:
Transit complaints about MTA, Bloomberg keep piling up in aftermath …
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Key healthcare provisions take effect Jan. 1, just as GOP moves into House
Discussion: TPMDC
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
The Worst Clichés of Politics From ‘Tax-and-Spend’ to ‘Maverick’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Moderate Voice