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Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Climate change data dumped  —  SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.  —  It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show …
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation  —  Our hopelessly compromised scientific establishment cannot be allowed to get away with the Climategate whitewash, says Christopher Booker  —  A week after my colleague James Delingpole, on his Telegraph blog …
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Reuters:
Swiss Voters Projected to Back Minaret Ban  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss voters have approved a right-wing-backed proposal to ban construction of new minarets, initial projections showed on Sunday, a surprise result that could damage Switzerland's economic ties with Muslim states.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America vs. The Narrative  —  What should we make of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who apparently killed 13 innocent people at Fort Hood?  —  Here's my take: Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is.  But the more you read about his support …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senate Report Explores 2001 Escape by bin Laden From Afghan Mountains  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama vows to “finish the job” in Afghanistan by sending more troops, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has completed a detailed look back at a crucial failure early in the battle against Al Qaeda …
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:   Levin: Economy Too Poor for War Tax
New York Times:
Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades  —  A GROWING NEED FOR A PROGRAM ONCE SCORNED Greg Dawson and his wife, Sheila, of Martinsville, Ohio, help feed their family of seven with a $300 monthly food stamp benefit.  Center and right, the food pantry in Lebanon, Ohio …
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:   End the Stigma of Stigma!  —  This page from the Center on Budget …
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
Predatory lending has an ugly tail end  —  Talk about burying the lede.  The NYTimes has run a story which purports to be about the plans by the Treasury Department to pressure banks to do more to renegotiate delinquent mortgages.  It has all sorts of blather from Treasury about using …
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Will Push Mortgage Firms to Reduce More Loan Payments
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
A friendly chat with the global warming evangelist who lives in my head  —  Hello, hyperventilating zealot.  Greetings, denialist scum.  Now that we've dispensed with the formalities, please allow me to point and laugh at you.  Ahem.  Ha ha ha!  Point point point!  Shut up.  That's what you'd like me to do.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
MIT analysis backs Obama  —  A new analysis by a leading MIT economist provides new ammunition of Democrats at the Senate being formally debating the historic health-reform bill being pushed by President Barack Obama.  —  The report concludes that under the Senate's health-reform bill …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIORITIZING THE PUBLIC OPTION.... That Americans approve of the idea of a public option is no longer in doubt.  After months of polling, we've consistently seen a majority of Americans say they like the idea of a public plan competing against private insurers.  The results have bolstered proponents of the idea, on and off the Hill.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / Prescriptions:
Does the Public Care About the Public Option?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Are We Going to Let John Die?  —  If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would jump to help him and rush him to a hospital.  —  Unfortunately, an emergency room won't help — indeed, the closest E.R. has told him not to come back, he says.
Watts Up With That?:
When Results Go Bad ...  Guest post by Willis Eschenbach  —  One of the claims in this hacked CRU email saga goes something like “Well, the scientists acted like jerks, but that doesn't affect the results, it's still warming.”  —  I got intrigued by one of the hacked CRU emails …
Nia-Malika Henderson / Politico Live's Blog:
Huckabee: ‘Less than likely’ I'll run in 2012  —  Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor from Arkansas who has his own Fox show told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that a 2012 presidential bid is “less than likely” and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
4,000 Patriots Rally With James O'Keefe at St. Louis Tea Party Protest  —  4,000 patriots rallied in St. Louis today.  —  James O'Keefe of ACORN-busting fame, headlined the Holiday Tea Party Protest.  —  Robert Brenner took this photo from the top level of a parking garage next to the park.
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A Traditional Life Lived:   4,000 at St. Louis Tea Party-Let Off Some Steam! HUGE SUCCESS!!!
 
 
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Rod Liddle / Times of London:
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