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11:55 AM 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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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Judge restores ACORN funding  —  A judge in New York ordered that ACORN's federal funding be restored, rolling back a slew of Congressional actions that sought to stop taxpayer money from flowing to the community group on the heels of a fall full of embarrassments for it.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Judge stops ACORN funding ban
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ungovernable America  —  The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on the fact that it's not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it hard to get things done, it's the fact that the country has become ungovernable.  For example, here's Steven Pearlstein on minority leader Mitch McConnell:
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 and Ezra Klein
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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
Tiger Woods:
Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf  —  I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children.  I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness.
Dan Collins / POWIP:
The Department of Cablinasian Studies  —  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 or tolerance for the Cablinasians …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border  —  My friend, the wonderful sf writer Peter Watts was beaten without provocation and arrested by US border guards on Tuesday.  I heard about it early Wednesday morning in London and called Cindy Cohn …
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.
Guardian:
Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq 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 and Emptywheel
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
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
House votes 223 to 202 to approve sweeping bill to overhaul financial regulatory system  —  Crisis-inspired overhaul faces an uncertain future in Senate  —  More than a year after the near-collapse of Wall Street plunged the economy into crisis, a divided House on Friday approved …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senator's antiabortion stand leaves him with moral dilemma on health-care reform bill  —  Nelson's stand against abortion complicates support for reform  —  When he took office in 1991 as Nebraska's governor, Ben Nelson was one of just two Democratic governors opposed to abortion rights.
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Nevada Senate Race  —  2010 Nevada Senate: Reid Trails Amidst Strong Opposition to Health Plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to lag behind all potential Republican challengers in next year's U.S. Senate race in Nevada, according to new Rasmussen Reports telephone polling in the state.
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Election 2010: Colorado Senate Race
CBS News:
Sources: Drone Killed Top Qaeda Operative  —  Saleh al-Somali Was in Charge of External Operations for Group; Considered One of a half Dozen top Qaeda Operatives  —  (CBS) Sources tell CBS News the Al Qaeda operative believed killed in a drone strike in Pakistan this week is Saleh al-Somali …
Discussion: Gawker, Mudville Gazette and Hot Air
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
The “using TARP funds for stimulus” gimmick
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Asked How He Knows The Earth Is Cooling, Michael Steele Says 'I Don't!'
Discussion: MyFox Tampa Bay and FactCheck.org
The Note:
David Plouffe: Left Will Come Home for Democrats
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Pro-Israel Lobby Group's Iran Petition Features Lots of Questionable Names
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Ezra Klein:
Did Clinton have it easy?  —  Noam Scheiber compares …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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