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9:45 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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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, 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 and ArtsBeat
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 …
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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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.
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
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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 such stringent requirements …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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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 Approval of Spending Measure
Discussion: TalkLeft
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Child hunger an increasingly complex problem
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
BBC:
Climate protest police ‘hold 900’
Discussion: Guardian and SustainUS
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Business Roundtable edges away from health reform plan
Discussion: Commentary, Wonk Room and RedState
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Dan Collins / POWIP:
The Department of Cablinasian Studies [& Call for Submissions]
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Do Nothing, Majority Says  —  ObamaCare is now almost as unpopular as it is monstrous.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org