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4:30 PM ET, December 13, 2009

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Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston makes its choice; Parker makes history  —  Nation watches as city becomes the largest in U.S. to choose an openly gay leader  —  Annise Danette Parker was elected mayor of Houston on Saturday, winning her seventh consecutive city election and becoming both the first contender …
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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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Houston picks conservative Annise Parker as mayor, first lesbian …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Clifford Pugh / CultureMap:
Annise Parker is Houston's next mayor
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and MyDD
Michael Hurta / Burnt Orange Report:
Houston Election Results Thread
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Open Left
Michael M. Weinstein / New York Times:
Paul A. Samuelson, Groundbreaking Economist, Dies at 94  —  Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics and the foremost academic economist of the 20th century, died Sunday at his home in Belmont, Mass. He was 94.  —  His death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Senate passes omnibus bill; sent to Obma  —  The Senate has just passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure, sending the bill to President Obama for a signature.  —  The measure includes $447 billion in appropriations for a number of cabinet departments, as well as $650 billion for Medicare and Medicaid.
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending measure, 57-35  —  The Senate passed a huge end-of-the-year $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure Sunday afternoon by a vote of 57-35.  —  The chamber was forced to work for the second consecutive weekend after talks broke down late Thursday to move …
Discussion: The Politico
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Health Care to Keep Democrats From Copenhagen Conference
David Rose / Daily Mail:
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Climate change emails row deepens as Russians admit they DID come from their Siberian server  —  The claim was both simple and terrifying: that temperatures on planet Earth are now ‘likely the highest in at least the past 1,300 years’.
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Lieberman, Nelson: Public-option compromise still not good enough  —  Two key senators criticized the most recent healthcare compromise Sunday, saying the policies replacing the public option are still unacceptable.  —  Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) both said a Medicare …
Discussion: Emptywheel
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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Summers: ‘No more important issue’ than job growth  —  President Barack Obama's top economic adviser said Sunday that “there's no more important issue facing the country than job growth,” but it will take time to see the recession recovery that's expected.  —  National Economic Council …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Larry Summers: Job growth by Spring
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MOTIVATION.... Post-election governing tends to feature a familiar pattern.  Presidents take office with high hopes, governing proves difficult, the policymaking process gets bogged down, and supporters get discouraged and start to walk away.  It can be pretty disheartening.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich's lawyers seek FBI interview with Obama  —  Rod Blagojevich's lawyers want the FBI to give up details of interviews conducted last year of President Obama, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and others as part of the investigation into the former governor.
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
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.
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