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12:25 AM ET, December 13, 2009

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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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Fight.  —  “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival.
Michael Sheridan / NY Daily News:
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin spars with William Shatner on 'Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien'  —  Sarah Palin traded comedic jabs with William Shatner on 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.'  —  “Going Rogue” author and former GOP VP hopeful Sarah Palin has a sense of humor after all - maybe.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Surprising Sarah Palin shows up on Conan O'Brien's show …
Discussion: Power Line and ArtsBeat
New York Post:
Times Sq. gunman held weapon like rapper  —  A Times Square bloodbath was narrowly avoided because the machine-pistol-toting thug who fired at a cop flipped the gun on its side like a character out of a rap video, causing the weapon to jam after two shots, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Doubts grow over Senate's Christmas deadline for healthcare reform  —  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 …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
CNN idiotically imagines: “Al Qaeda offers ‘condolences’ for innocent victims.”  —  That is a CNN headline purporting to summarize an English-language apology that is phrased thusly: … In the body of the article, outside of the quotes, CNN says things like: … Is this willful misreading or crashing idiocy?
Discussion: Wizbang
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Interest Rates Are Low, but Banks Balk at Refinancing  —  Mortgage rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest levels since the 1940s, thanks to a trillion-dollar intervention by the federal government.  Yet the banks that once handed out home loans freely are imposing …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
iowahawk:
Fables of the Reconstruction  —  (Or, How to Make Your Own Hockey Stick)  —  Please pardon the departure from the usual Iowahawk bill of fare.  —  What follows started as a comment I made over at Ace's last week which he graciously decided to feature on a separate post (thanks Ace).
Discussion: RedState
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
White House Condemns Antigay Uganda Bill  —  In its strongest statement yet, the Obama Administration condemned a homophobic Ugandan bill that would carry a death sentence for acts of homosexuality in some cases.  —  “The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda …
Rajeev Syal / Guardian:
Drug money ‘saved banks from crisis’  —  Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions  —  Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.
Discussion: Raw Story and Emptywheel
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Ahmadinejad to get U.N. podium  —  COPENHAGEN -Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plan to address negotiators at international climate talks in Copenhagen next week.  —  The three leaders are listed in a line …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
 
 
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James Glanz / New York Times:
Geothermal Project in California Is Shut Down
Discussion: Green Energy Reporter
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
REVIEW: Cameron's ‘Avatar’ Is a Big, Dull, America-Hating, PC Revenge Fantasy
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Clears Way for Spending Bill
Discussion: TalkLeft
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Child hunger an increasingly complex problem
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
BBC:
Mass arrests at Copenhagen rally
Discussion: Guardian and SustainUS
 Earlier Items: 
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Business Roundtable edges away from health reform plan
Discussion: Wonk Room, Commentary and RedState
Dan Collins / POWIP:
The Department of Cablinasian Studies [& Call for Submissions]
Discussion: baldilocks
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Do Nothing, Majority Says  —  ObamaCare is now almost as unpopular as it is monstrous.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org