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5:20 PM ET, December 11, 2010


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks  —  YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Richard M. Nixon made disparaging remarks about Jews, blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a series of extended conversations with top aides and his personal secretary, recorded in the Oval Office 16 months before he resigned as president.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Henry Kissinger to Soviet Jewry: Drop Dead  —  Okay, I don't usually blog on the Sabbath day (the Torah says Tweeting is okay, because it's so short), but I can't resist posting what I think might become Henry Kissinger's epitaph.  This statement was captured on Richard's Nixon secret White …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Lights, camera, Clinton  —  If not a transfer of power, the whole show seemed at least a temporary handoff.  An embattled president, fresh off an electoral shellacking and struggling to sell a controversial tax deal to members of his own party, turned to a former president who, exactly 16 years ago …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control
New York Times:
Madoff's Elder Son Found Dead in Suicide  —  Mark Madoff, the older of Bernard L. Madoff's two sons, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, in an apparent suicide on the second anniversary of the day his father was arrested for running a gigantic Ponzi scheme that shattered thousands of lives around the world.
Wall Street Journal:
Life After Madoff's ‘Big Lie’  —  Two years ago, Bernard Madoff told his two sons that his multi-billion-dollar investment business was “one big lie,” according to authorities.  —  That dramatic confession, and Mr. Madoff's arrest the next day, unleashed one of the biggest fraud investigations in history.
New York Post:
Bernie Madoff's son, Mark, commits suicide  —  Tweet  —  Bernard Madoff's son Mark was found dead in the living room of his SoHo apartment this morning — hanging from a black dog leash on the two-year anniversary of his father's stunning downfall, officials said.
Discussion: TalkLeft and
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy in Critical Condition After Surgery  —  WASHINGTON — Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is in critical condition at a Washington hospital after emergency surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, the State Department said in a statement on Saturday.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Diplomat Holbrooke in critical condition  —  (Reuters) - Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition on Saturday after doctors performed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, the State Department said.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Push for Strict Abortion Limits Expected in House  —  WASHINGTON — A leading Congressional opponent of abortion rights, who is in line to take charge of an influential House panel, plans to press for much stricter limits on the procedure.  —  The selection of the lawmaker, Representative Joe Pitts …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Outside the Beltway
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Appointment Fight Divides Judges  —  Here is one for the “only in New Jersey” file: A state Supreme Court justice refuses to participate in any rulings because he objects to another jurist's serving temporarily on the court.  —  The dispute, aired in opinions released on Friday …
Discussion: Politics Daily and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Stymies New Jersey High Court
Discussion: RedState
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Invaders from Mars  —  “Voting doesn't change anything — the politicians always win.”  'Twas not always so, but I'm hearing variations on that theme a lot these days, and not just in the UK.  —  Why do we feel so politically powerless?  Why is the world so obviously going to hell in a handbasket?
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Family, friends mourn Elizabeth Edwards at funeral  —  Friends and family said goodbye to Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday with admiration, sorrow and occasional laughter.  —  On a rainy afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., Edwards was remembered for her love of those close to her and her strength …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, and Politics Daily
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Advance:
Baby Jesus ousted from St. George Ferry Terminal  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Christ is out of Christmas at the St. George Ferry Terminal.  —  In what Catholics see as political correctness run amok, the city Department of Transportation (DOT) has removed a Nativity scene from the terminal …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Right Scoop:
ABC edited out Sarah Palin's mention of Mark Levin's book  —  Mark Levin said tonight on his show that when Sarah Palin was asked by Barbara Walters what she reads, among the others she mentioned was that she reads Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin's book.  According to Mark, they edited that out:
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Rep.-Elect Kristi Noem Delivers Republican Weekly Address (Video)  —  Republicans chose Representative-Elect Kristi Noem (R-SD) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on creating jobs, cutting spending, and the Pledge to America.  —  Noem will represent South Dakota in the 112th Congress.
Discussion: American Power and sisu
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Palin-Hating Columbia Professor, Huffington Post Blogger, Busted for Incest  —  Let's begin with a flashback, shall we?  In July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, Columbia University professor David Epstein wrote at his Huffington Post blog: … Got that?
The Huffington Post:   Palin Proves Voters Were Right in 2008
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
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Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel's wife may have to fly to Chicago to testify in residency battle
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Georgia Elections News:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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