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4:00 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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: ArtsBeat and Power Line
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Doubts grow over Senate's Christmas deadline for healthcare reform
Discussion: The Politico and AmSpecBlog
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 and True North
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: CNN and Wizbang
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Interest 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 …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Nomaan Merchant / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Blocks U.S. Ban on Funding for Acorn  —  A federal judge blocked U.S. officials from enforcing a funding ban on Acorn, the beleaguered community organizer.  —  Congress cut off funding for Acorn — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — in September after Web sites …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Big Government
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 …
Discussion: Beat the Press
 
 
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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Nations' mounting debts worry global bond investors
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Duff Wilson / New York Times:
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John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Clears Way for the Approval of a Spending Measure
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Child hunger an increasingly complex problem
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 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Mass arrests at Copenhagen rally
Discussion: Guardian and SustainUS
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Business Roundtable edges away from health reform plan
Discussion: Wonk Room, Commentary and RedState
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