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11:25 AM ET, December 13, 2009

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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor  —  HOUSTON — Houston became the largest city in the country to elect an openly gay mayor Saturday night, as voters gave a solid victory to the city controller, Annise Parker.  —  Cheers erupted at Ms. Parker's campaign party as her opponent …
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Clifford Pugh / CultureMap:
Annise Parker is Houston's next mayor  —  In a close run-off race of historic proportions, Houston voters chose City Controller Annise Parker as Houston's next mayor.  Parker defeated attorney Gene Locke Saturday with over 53 percent of the vote.  When sworn in in early January …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and MyDD
Michael Hurta / Burnt Orange Report:
Houston Election Results Thread
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Open Left
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.
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.
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Thers / Firedoglake:
Late Night: If “Freedom” Means Having to Look at Mitch McConnell's Raisiny Ass, I for One Welcome Our New Commie Healthcare Overlords  —  OMG, he's raising his kilt!  Look away, look away!! (graphic with help from watertiger)  —  The Red State Trike Force never fails to delight and amaze.
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).
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Hollywood's Brilliant Coda to America's Dark Year  —  ON Christmas Day, Hollywood will blanket America with a most unlikely holiday entertainment.  That's when “Up in the Air,” the acclaimed new movie starring George Clooney, will spread from its big-city engagements to more than 2,000 screens.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats end GOP filibuster of spending bill  —  Vote set for Sunday on package that funds half of federal government  —  The Senate cleared a key parliamentary hurdle Saturday on a spending bill that finances almost half the federal government and increases funding for the agencies it covers by an average of 10 percent.
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John / Power Line:
What Astroturf Looks Like  —  Earlier today, thousands of protesters turned out in Copenhagen to demonstrate in favor of an economy-wrecking climate deal.  This is how they looked:  —  Note the identical, professionally printed, color-coordinated yellow and black signs.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Maggie's Farm
Henry Chu / Los Angeles Times:
WMD not point of Iraq war, Tony Blair says  —  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the staunchest ally of President Bush, says that absent the WMD claims, he still would have found an argument for invading Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein.  —  Tony Blair, seen here at the United Nations …
New York Post:
Ask Ashley  —  Spitzer's babe answers all your love-life questions!  —  Sure, she's made some mistakes.  But now Ashley Dupre, the former escort who brought down Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is sharing what she's learned in her new sex, love and relationship column — exclusively in the New York Post.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Legislator Sees Echoes of Vietnam in Afghan War  —  WASHINGTON — David R. Obey has served in Congress since Barack Obama was in grade school.  He does not waste time with pleasantries, and he does not mince words.  So when President Obama called Representative Obey recently to talk about Afghanistan …
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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Jason Hancock / Iowa Independent:
Grassley finally condemns anti-homosexuality law
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Think Progress
Nomaan Merchant / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Blocks U.S. Ban on Funding for Acorn
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Goldman Fueled AIG Gambles
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Nations' mounting debts worry global bond investors
Discussion: Beat the Press
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Ahmadinejad to get U.N. podium
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Interest Rates Are Low, but Banks Balk at Refinancing
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Looming population crisis forces China to revisit one-child policy
Discussion: Beat the Press
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Child hunger an increasingly complex problem
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
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