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7:05 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 …
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 Times:
Madoff's Elder Son Found Dead in Suicide  —  Mark Madoff, the older of Bernard L. Madoff's two sons, hanged himself in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father's arrest for running a gigantic Ponzi scheme that shattered thousands of lives around the world.
New York Post:
Bernie Madoff's son, Mark, commits suicide
Discussion: TalkLeft and
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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Meet With Executives  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will host a roundtable with about 20 corporate chiefs on Wednesday, according to the White House, part of an attempt to ease strained relations with business.  —  Expected for the session at the Blair House …
Discussion: CNN
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control
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.
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 …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:   New York: City Removes Nativity Scene From Staten Island's St …
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:
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: National Review and Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Stymies New Jersey High Court
Discussion: RedState
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 …
This exists: Vladimir Putin sings Fats Domino's “Blueberry Hill”  —  Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin not only wants to conquer the elements of mother nature, free speech, and democracy, he also fancies himself as a singer.  —  What's next for the Russian bear?  —  Mickey Rourke also makes a cameo in this video.
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
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
Christopher Caldwell / Weekly Standard:
Euro Trashed  —  Europe's rendezvous with monetary destiny  —  It has been easy to snicker in recent weeks at the politicians who designed the euro, which appears on the verge of collapse after a decade as the common currency of a dozen countries in the European Union.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
New Challenge for Obama Education Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — For two years, backed by a friendly Congress and flush with federal stimulus money, President Obama's administration enjoyed a relatively obstacle-free path for its education agenda, the focus of which is the $4 billion Race to the Top grant program.
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
GOP blocks 9/11 first responders bill; ABC, CBS, and NBC ignore the story
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Despite Wealth, Nassau County Is in Fiscal Crisis
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Unreported
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Veep Favorite
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Cancun ends with modest climate deal
Scott Whitlock / blogs:
Chris Matthews Slams ‘300 Plus’ Pounds Chris Christie, Too Fat to be President
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
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Georgia Elections News:
Updated: Two black Democrats bolt party for GOP
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Judge rules against Miller in Senate suit
Heather Brooke / Guardian:
WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennett: GOP might pass own version of DREAM Act next year
Discussion: SENATUS, Weasel Zippers and Wonk Room
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hidden Medical Debt Trips Up Homeowners
Discussion: Crooks and Liars