John Stanton / Roll Call:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney — Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.
Discussion: The Fix, Matthew Yglesias, Taegan Goddard's …, Jules Crittenden, The Confluence, Gateway Pundit, Commentary and DaTechguy's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix: Baucus acknowledges affair with former staffer
Bostonboomer / The Confluence: Lazy Saturday Morning Lighthearted News and Views
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: Flotsam and Jetsam
Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice:
Baucus Girlfriend Withdrew as U.S. Attorney Candidate — A Department of Justice official who is in a relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew as a finalist for Montana U.S. Attorney to live with the senator in Washington, a Baucus spokesperson confirmed to Main Justice today.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Emptywheel, Glenn Thrush's Blog and POWIP
Harry Siegel / Glenn Thrush's Blog: Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Att'y job
Dan Collins / POWIP: Shrews In the News: Gracia Hillman
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney, Aide Says — A spokesman for Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, said early Saturday that the senator nominated his girlfriend, a lawyer who worked for him at the time, for a United States attorney position last March.
Discussion: Power Line, Washington Monthly and The Caucus
Scott / Power Line: The case of Max Baucus
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for Post, Aide Says
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for Post, Aide Says
Nathan Empsall / MyDD: Max Baucus Nominated Lover For US Attorney
Ben Webster / Times of London:
Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data — The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails. — The new analysis of the data will take three years …
Discussion: QandO, Hot Air, The Glittering Eye, RedState, The Strata-Sphere, Watts Up With That?, Guardian, EU Referendum and Andrew Bolt
Bruce McQuain / QandO: UK's Met Office To Re-Examine Climate Data
Dave Schuler / The Glittering Eye: Is It Soup Yet? — I've already commented on my general reluctance …
Robert Watson / Guardian: The science still points to Copenhagen
Richard / EU Referendum: Three years to wait?
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Scientists Behaving Badly — A corrupt cabal of global warming alarmists are exposed by a massive document leak. — Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon. Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners.
Discussion: Power Line, Watts Up With That? and Andrew Bolt
In e-mails, science of warming is hot debate — Stolen files of ‘Climate-gate’ suggest some viewpoints on change are disregarded — It began with an anonymous Internet posting, and a link to a wonky set of e-mails and files. Stolen, apparently, from a research center in Britain …
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org: WaPo Puts ClimateGate at the Top of Page One
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Is Erik Prince ‘Graymailing’ the US Government? — The in-depth Vanity Fair profile of the infamous owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is remarkable on many levels—not least among them that Prince appeared to give the story's author, former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, unprecedented access …
Discussion: Emptywheel, The Washington Independent and Raw Story
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck's ‘Christmas Sweater’ flops in major cities, just 17 tickets sold in New York and Boston. — Last night, Fox News host Glenn Beck premiered his new live show based on his book The Christmas Sweater, which was simulcast to hundreds of movie theaters across the country.
Meredith Jessup / Townhall.com: Glenn Beck's “Christmas Sweater”: A Very Unique Christmas Experience
Davenoon / Lawyers, Guns and Money: You are witness to the birth of Glenn Beck, Mark 2...hope you enjoy my new direction
Joseph Childers / Ephemera Etcetera: Glenn Beck's ‘Christmas Sweater’: A Viewer's Guide
Space Cowboy / Shakesville: Poor Glenn Beck (not really)
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival: Glenn Beck's ‘Christmas Sweater’ …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God — Sarah Palin has said the United States should rededicate itself to seeking God's will. — The former US vice-presidential candidate argued that a humble spirit could help leaders to get more answers on issues such as health care, energy and national security.
Perry de Havilland / Samizdata.net: Sigh... I realise that for any US politician to seriously court …
Palin Gets Another Ethics Complaint (Read Her Staff's Emails) — WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? — Yet another ethics complaint has been filed against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, this time on the grounds that both she and her staff used official state facilities and resources for “partisan political purposes.”
Discussion: The Hill and The Political Carnival
Tony Romm / The Hill: Palin to face another ethics battle
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Similarities to Iraq Surge Plan Mask Risks in Afghanistan — WASHINGTON — President Obama strongly opposed President George W. Bush's surge in Iraq during his presidential campaign, and even now he has never publicly acknowledged that it was largely successful.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Swampland
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute: Obama's Surge, But Whom To Awaken?
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
No Way, No How, to the Public Option — The Connecticut senator, free of partisan loyalties, has a pivotal role in the health-care debate. — Printer — Friendly — 'About two months ago my wife and I were out with another couple, and they said 'So, how's it going?'—and I knew what they meant.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: Lieberman's onto reason #7
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: The Indispensible Senator — There is little doubt these days …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Obama Changes Copenhagen Plans, Invites Huge Failure, Again — How many times have we seen this strategy explode in Obama's face only one year into his term? He did the very same thing with the Olympics to disastrous effect. … Obama continues to think this is all about him, somehow.
Discussion: The Politico
Lisa Lerer / The Politico: Obama changes summit trip plan
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Obama delays Copenhagen, raises stakes
Obama delays Copenhagen, raises stakes
Discussion: The Politico, The New Republic, Another Black Conservative, Hot Air, D.C. Now and BBC
Lisa Lerer / The Politico: W.H. raises climate summit stakes
Clifton B / Another Black Conservative: Obama changes date for Copenhagen: Mighty Mouse is on his way
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now: Obama changes travel plans to end of climate summit
Politiken.dk News in English:
Parliamentary Speaker: Climate debate derailed? — The Speaker of the Danish Parliament has issued a damning criticism of the climate debate, saying politicians gullibly turn theories into facts. — TEKST — As the world prepares to converge on Copenhagen for the COP15 Climate Summit …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna, NewsBusters.org, Pajamas Media and Big Government
Dymphna / Gates of Vienna: So How'd That Speech Move Ya?
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org: Great Dane: Denmark's Parliament's Speaker Expresses 'Serious Doubts …
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media: Climategate: Obama and the great scientist gamble
Bill Schneider / National Journal Online:
The Conformity Movement — IN A RECENT CNN POLL, THE REPUBLICAN RANK AND FILE PREFERRED IDEOLOGICAL PURITY OVER ELECTABILITY. — Republicans may soon get their own version of the Ten Commandments. Led by James Bopp Jr. of Indiana, a group of conservative members of the Republican National Committee plans …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The only doctor in town — Health-care reform hits a small-town reality: Even with insurance, you need somewhere to go — POST, TEX. — Another morning at the clinic. Far away in Washington, the debate over health-care reform drags on, while here in barren West Texas, Ben Edwards is moving fast.
Discussion: Beat the Press and Taylor Marsh
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Lost Weekend — The Senate is going to be in session all weekend, debating the big health care bill and arguing about which direction the cost-curve is heading. This is a positive development on two counts. It keeps senators off the streets while providing much-needed employment in the chart-making sector of our economy.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Laura Blumenfeld / Washington Post:
The $700 billion man — NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF. — He wears no coat though it's freezing, shines no light though it's near midnight, carries no shotgun though he's tramping on the pine-needled tracks of black bears. — He wants to be lost in these woods. — “Come on, you bums,” …
Discussion: The Awl
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin Puts The Trig Question Back On The Table — Sarah Palin has now made two very clear public statements in the last day about the legitimacy of questions about the maternity of her son Trig. Here's the first, transcribed from the interview above: … And here's the second, a later Facebook attempt to walk back some of this:
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Andy and the Amazing Astonishing Tale
David Swindle / NewsReal Blog: Is Sarah Palin a Birther? No, But the Left Wishes She Was
Mark Milian / Top of the Ticket: Sarah Palin revives ‘stupid conspiracy’ of Obama's birth certificate [Updated]
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival: AUDIO- Sarah Palin's comments on Obama's citizenship backfiring?
Maria Newman / The Caucus: BlogTalk: Palin Enters, and Quickly Tries to Exit, the Scrum on Obama's Birthplace
Rick Moran / Pajamas Media: Palin Mainstreams the Birthers
Freedom Fighter / JOSHUAPUNDIT: Obama's Birth Certificate - A Fair Question?
Gibbs Tells a Female White House Correspondent to ‘Calm Down’ — ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports: — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and American Urban Radio's White House Correspondent April Ryan have long had a contentious relationship. An exchange they had yesterday has started …
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool