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11:05 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 …
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 Times:
Senate Hits New Roadblocks on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders hit a rough patch Friday in their push for sweeping health care legislation, as they tried to fend off criticism of their proposals from a top Medicare official, Republicans and even members of their own party.
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
 
 
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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 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: Wonk Room, Commentary and RedState
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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