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2:15 PM ET, December 12, 2010


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Paul Krugman:
Orwellian Centrism  —  I don't usually bother looking at the Washington Post.  But I'm inside the Beltway right now, so I spared a peek — and for my sins ended up reading Dana Milbank, who praises Obama for punching the hippies.  —  So far, so usual.  But then I read this:
Discussion: TalkLeft and Mediaite
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
As the Ground Shifts, Biden Plays a Bigger Role  —  WASHINGTON — It was the end of a long and testy gripe session with House Democrats on Wednesday, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had had enough.  —  For two hours, Mr. Biden had been going back and forth with furious members …
The Hill:
What happens next in the tax-cut standoff: Three scenarios  —  If the Bush-era tax cuts are going to be extended beyond Dec. 31, someone is going to have to blink.  —  Most political insiders believe it will be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her House Democrats.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama finally stands his ground  —  For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of President Obama.  —  I'm not particularly proud of the tax-cut deal he and the Republicans negotiated.  But I'm proud that he has finally stood firm against the likes of Peter DeFazio.
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Convene CEO Summit
New York Times:
Stockholm Hit by Blasts After E-Mail Warning  —  STOCKHOLM — One man was killed and two other people were injured when two explosions hit the heart of Stockholm's city-center shopping district on Saturday evening, the police in the Swedish capital said.  The country's foreign minister called …
Michelle Malkin:
Bomb attack in Sweden: The Cartoon Jihad never ends
Discussion: Fox Nation
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Explosions in Stockholm: Suicide Bomber Threatened Swedes, “Pig” Mohammad Cartoonist
Discussion: Moe Lane
The Politico:
Michael Steele to reveal decision Monday  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele plans to announce his reelection plans on Monday evening, and key supporters expect him to drop out of the hotly contested race, top Republicans tell POLITICO.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Steele could announce his future on Monday  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has organized a private conference call with fellow committee members for Monday night in which he could announce whether he plans to seek a second term.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to hold private conference call
Discussion: The Page
Associated Press:
Israel says it won't share Jerusalem  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's leader dismissed Sunday a top ally's call to share the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, another reminder of the challenges the U.S. faces as it shifts gears on its troubled Mideast peacemaking strategy.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Reality Check  —  The failed attempt by the U.S. to bribe Israel with a $3 billion security assistance package, diplomatic cover and advanced F-35 fighter aircraft — if Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would simply agree to a 90-day settlements freeze to resume talks with the Palestinians — has been enormously clarifying.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian  —  EACH Aug. 4, my wife Alex and I visit a church to light candles for two people we loved who both died tragically on that day two years apart — my mother, killed at 64 in a car crash, and Alex's closest friend from graduate school, killed by AIDS at half that age.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives  —  On the third Wednesday of every month, the nine members of an elite Wall Street society gather in Midtown Manhattan.  —  The men share a common goal: to protect the interests of big banks in the vast market for derivatives …
New York Post:
West Village YMCA axes Santa Claus for Frosty  —  Tweet  —  He's a lost Claus.  —  A politically correct West Village YMCA has fired Ol' St. Nick in favor of Frosty.  —  Kids who once thrilled at sitting on Santa's lap at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA's wildly popular annual holiday luncheon …
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Westboro picketers outnumbered at Elizabeth Edwards funeral  —  Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards Saturday.  But they were vastly outnumbered by a “human buffer” singing Christmas carols.  —  Members of the controversial Westboro …
Discussion: HotAirPundit and The Reaction
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Edwards Eulogized as Defender of Her Family
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Angry Birds, Flocking to Cellphones Everywhere
Discussion: Mediaite and Runnin' Scared
Frances D'Emilio / Associated Press:
Leaked cables show Ireland ‘offended’ …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ishmael Reed / New York Times:
What Progressives Don't Understand About Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
At this point do we have to be hoping for a revolution?
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
The Fed? Ron Paul's Not a Fan.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
DADT Repeal: Do Not Blame Obama
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Christopher Caldwell / Weekly Standard:
Euro Trashed  —  Europe's rendezvous with monetary destiny
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy