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3:15 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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Alison Roh Park / Center for Constitutional Rights:
Historic Win for Constitutional Rights!  Injunction Granted in CCR Lawsuit on Behalf of ACORN  —  December 11, 2009.  New York, NY - Today, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon granted a preliminary injunction against the United States for unconstitutionally withholding funds from ACORN.
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Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
On Obama's Sellout … When we went to print with the latest Rolling Stone piece about Obama's economic hires, a couple of my sources advised me to expect some nastiness in the way of a response from Obama apologists.  One jokingly suggested that there would be a waiting period to see if anyone …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Surprising Sarah Palin shows up on Conan O'Brien's show, wreaks revenge on William Shatner  —  Politicians much prefer Fridays to bury news releases they want to be able to say they put out but don't really want people to notice much.  Especially on the eve of the second to last shopping Saturday of the 2009 Christmas shopping season.
Discussion: Power Line
Dan Collins / POWIP:
The Department of Cablinasian Studies [& Call for Submissions]  —  Stacy and I were conversing on Twitter yesterday about Tiger Woods' woes, and both of us believe that this wouldn't be such a big deal if it were not for the fact that he's a Cablinasian.  Americans have little understanding …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Doubts grow over Senate's Christmas deadline for health bill  —  Doubts are growing among Senate Democrats that they will be able to pass the healthcare reform bill by Christmas, although they remain publicly optimistic.  —  Democrats say it is still possible to pass the legislation …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Going Naked in Kabul  —  Do you remember the scandal about the U.S. Embassy guards in Kabul, Afghanistan, who got naked and held wild hazing rituals?  —  I am bringing this up because I want to talk about government contracting.  When you venture into topics like that, it's always a good idea to try to begin with an orgy.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Do Nothing, Majority Says  —  ObamaCare is now almost as unpopular as it is monstrous.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This column has long been arguing that the health-care ideas Congress is considering are so bad that inaction would be vastly preferable.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Looming population crisis forces China to revisit one-child policy  —  Looming population crisis forces officials to rethink one-child policy, but couples hesitate  —  SHANGHAI — Wang Weijia and her husband grew up surrounded by propaganda posters lecturing them that “Mother Earth is too tired …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Clears Way for Approval of Spending Measure  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Saturday to limit debate on a $446.8 billion spending measure that finances much of the federal government, clearing the way for final approval Sunday as Congress struggles to wrap up its year-end business while contending with a health care overhaul.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Gingrich's New Contract With America: 'Our Commitment Should Be Simple...We're Repealing' Health Care  —  Yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stumped for Ethan Hastert, the son of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and candidate for Illinois' 14th congressional district.
Guardian:
Blair: I would have invaded anyway  —  WMD were not vital for war says ex-PM ahead of appearance at Chilcot inquiry  —  Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to parliament and the public.
Discussion: normblog, Emptywheel and Truthdig
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Child hunger an increasingly complex problem  —  Child hunger, called the ‘silent epidemic,’ is an increasingly complex problem  —  PHILADELPHIA — Three weeks before he was elected president, Barack Obama set an audacious goal: end hunger among children in the United States by 2015.
Patrick Yoest / Wall Street Journal:
Report: Senate Health Bill Will Raise Costs  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans on Friday seized on a report by government actuaries that said the Senate health bill would cause national health costs to rise.  —  The report, compiled by the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Independent healthcare cost analysis becomes political football
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Business Roundtable edges away from health reform plan
Discussion: Commentary, Wonk Room and RedState
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The “using TARP funds for stimulus” gimmick
Discussion: American Power
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Tiger Woods:
Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ungovernable America  —  The smarter elements in Washington DC …
The Note:
David Plouffe: Left Will Come Home for Democrats