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10:00 AM ET, December 6, 2009


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The Politico:
Palin cracks wise at Gridiron dinner  —  In an 11-minute speech before Washington's Gridiron Club at its Winter Dinner, Sarah Palin tossed a few barbs at the gathering of journalists, comparing them to “death panels.”  —  “Sometimes you got to trust your instincts, and if you don't …
Associated Press:
Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists' dinner  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Sarah Palin poked fun at herself in a speech to journalists Saturday night, drawing laughter when she announced she “came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian embassy.”  —  The 2008 Republican vice …
Discussion: The Hill and NO QUARTER
Lynn Sweet:
Sarah Palin, Barney Frank at Gridiron Winter dinner  —  WASHINGTON—Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) are keynoting the Gridiron Club Winter dinner tonight.  Palin is here with husband Todd.  Palin and Frank will be speaking later at this dinner sponsored by the journalists group.
Discussion: Bree Palin
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama's Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan  —  AFTER the dramatic three-month buildup, you'd think that Barack Obama's speech announcing his policy for Afghanistan would be the most significant news story of the moment.  History may take a different view.  When we look back at this turning point …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Lieberman's onto reason #7  —  LIEBERMAN'S ON TO REASON #7.... Regular readers may have noticed that I've been keeping track of Joe Lieberman's evolving rationales for opposing a public option.  The Connecticut senator is so opposed to letting some consumers choose between competing public …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Sherrod Brown Co-sponsors Coburn-Vitter Public Option Amendment
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Raw Story and Salon
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Lady and the Tiger  —  They were both elegant and entitled swans, insulated in guarded enclaves, obsessed with protecting and promoting the Brand.  Then trouble trespassed into their privileged worlds and both responded the same foolish way.  —  They presumptuously put themselves beyond authority and …
Discussion: Commentary and JustOneMinute
Marc Sheppard / American Thinker:
Understanding Climategate's Hidden Decline  —  Close followers of the Climategate controversy know that much of the mêlée surrounds an email in which Climate Research Unit (CRU) chief Phil Jones wrote about using “Mike's Nature Trick” (MNT) to “hide the decline.”
Discussion: EU Referendum
Mark Preston / CNN:
Democrats consider new presidential nominating process  —  Washington (CNN) - National Democrats are considering changing the presidential nominating process, by establishing a new primary calendar and deemphasizing the influence lawmakers and political insiders have on choosing the party nominee.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple's Game Changer, Downloading Now  —  IAN LYNCH SMITH, a shaggy-haired ball of energy in his late 30s, beams as he ticks off some of the games that Freeverse, his little Brooklyn software company, has landed on the iPhone App Store's coveted (and ever-changing) list of best-selling downloads …
Simpsons billionaire gets most write-in votes in NYC mayor race  —  (CNN) - Charles Montgomery Burns, better known as Mr. Burns in the hit animated TV series “The Simpsons”, got the most votes of any write-in candidate during last month's mayoral election in New York City.
Rebecca Trounson / L.A. NOW:
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elects openly gay bishop  —  The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles today elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that sought to bar gays and lesbians from the church's highest ordained ministry.
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
The Gambler Who Blew $127 Million  —  LAS VEGAS — During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.  —  The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history.
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