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5:50 PM ET, December 29, 2009


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rove granted divorce in Texas  —  Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, has been granted a divorce in Texas after 24 years of marriage, a family spokesperson said.  —  Dana Perino, the spokesperson, said: “Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week.
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Karl Rove and His Wife Have Divorced  —  Karl Rove, the political mastermind for former President George W. Bush, and his wife, Darby, have divorced after 24 years of marriage.  —  A family spokeswoman, the former White House press secretary Dana Perino, said in a statement: “Karl Rove and his wife …
Discussion: Truthdig
David Sessions / Politics Daily:
Karl Rove Divorces Wife of 24 Years in Texas
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Handling problems the Obama way  —  HONOLULU — There is a sense of déjà vu in the Obama administration's response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.  A by-now familiar pattern has been established for dealing with unexpected problems.
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Did Obama Respond Too Late to Terror Plot? Critics Assail President
Discussion: Political Punch
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Less Than Honest Policy  —  There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate's version of President Obama's effort to reform health care.  —  The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans …
Ezra Klein:
Attacking the excise tax — and cost control  —  Bob Herbert's column today isn't so much a good argument against the excise tax as it is an example of why cost control will be virtually impossible, and thus national bankruptcy — a real decrease in wages — is a near-certainty.
Washington Times:
Awlaki personally blessed Detroit attack  —  The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the same Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect, a U.S. intelligence source has told The Washington Times.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Abdulmutallab and the Obama Mindset
Discussion: Wizbang and GINA COBB
US President Barack Obama dramatically dashes home during golf …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who's running the TSA?  No one, thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint  —  WASHINGTON — An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2012: Nebraska Senate  —  Health Care Vote Puts Nelson 30 Points Down in Reelection Bid  —  The good news for Senator Ben Nelson is that he doesn't have to face Nebraska voters until 2012.  —  If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports … News in English:
Obama greater than Jesus  —  The U.S. president - the practical saviour of our times  —  He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity.  —  His tangible results in the short time that he has been active - are few and far between.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:   Danish Newspaper: ‘Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.’ — By: Jim Geraghty
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin's daughter seeks full custody of baby  —  ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge's ruling has revealed a heated legal custody battle between Sarah Palin's daughter and the father of her grandson.  —  Bristol Palin's request to keep the proceedings closed was denied last week by a Superior Court judge.
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Palins wanted custody case private
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bristol Palin's custody battle open: Tripp
Discussion: D.C. Now
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Power of Attorney  —  Your new book, “Crisis and Command,” is an eloquent, fact-laden history of audacious power grabs by American presidents going back to George Washington.  Which president would you say most violated laws enacted by Congress?  —  I would say Lincoln.
Avi Zenilman / The Plum Line:
Skittish Democrats Refuse To Defend Obama On National Security  —  Are Democrats so cowed by Republican attacks on Obama's foreign policy that they're unwilling to defend him?  —  It's now been five days since the attempted bombing of Flight 253 in Detroit, and Congressional Democrats …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican calls on Napolitano to resign  —  Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) on Tuesday became the first lawmaker to call on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign after the recent attempted airline bombing.  —  The veteran member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Ends Silence With Stern Warning
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Ten Things to Watch in the Health-Care Reform Conference  —  It's not just about abortion and the public option.  Every decision Congress faces while merging the Senate and House health bills will give it the opportunity to make reform better.  —  Schoolhouse Rock undersold the excruciating difficulty involved in making a bill a law.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Source: ‘False’ report led to Capitol lockdown  —  UPDATE 2: A false report of a man wielding a machine gun near the Capitol led to a nearly one-hour lockdown of the sparsely populated complex on Tuesday afternoon, a highly placed law enforcement source tells POLITICO.
Virginia / Dynamist Blog:
The Collapse of Professional Journalism, Cont'd  —  The latest “ethics” scandal buzzing through the journalism blogs provides another reminder that the culture and norms of the traditional journalism guild are ill-suited to the new “FREE” era.  But first, a bit of personal context.
Discussion: The Other McCain, Hit & Run and Gawker
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Terrorism Still Less Deadly in US Than Lack of Health Insurance, Salmonella  —  Since we still seem to be having a national freakout over some loser who got on a plane with a bomb in his underwear, which was apparently worthy of a presidential address, it might be a good idea to put …
Steve Rosenthal / The Politico:
Five steps to recovery for Dems  —  You wouldn't know it by listening to many Democrats, but the last time I checked, the party still controls the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and 26 governor's offices across the country.  And while they could be heading …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It
Discussion: The Other McCain
Patrick McGeehan / City Room:
A Localized Breakdown of Joblessness in New York
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
 Earlier Items: 
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
The Iranian Regime's Battle of Karbala
Discussion: Power Line
Robert Shibley / Pajamas Media:
Yale Wimps Out Again
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
GOP opponent claims front-runner Mark Kirk is gay in attack ad
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Gawker
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gingrich: ‘It is time to go to profiling of dangerous people.’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
GOP lets Scott Brown fend for himself
Mark Hemingway / Washington Examiner:
Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency