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6:00 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:
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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
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Daily Mail:
Suicide bomber who killed himself in Stockholm terrorist blasts studied at British university  —  A suicide bomber who died in a terrorist bomb attack which rocked Stockholm city centre, is believed to be a graduate from a British university.  —  A Facebook page thought to belong …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Gates of Vienna
Michelle Malkin:
Bomb attack in Sweden: The Cartoon Jihad never ends
Discussion: Fox Nation
James Savage / The Local:
Bomber believed to be former sports student
BBC:
Stockholm blasts: Sweden probes ‘terrorist attack’
Discussion: Biased BBC
Ishmael Reed / New York Times:
What Progressives Don't Understand About Obama  —  NOT all of my white teachers viewed me as a discipline problem.  To the annoyance of my fellow students, one teacher selected me regularly to lead assembly programs.  A high school teacher insisted that I learn about the theater.
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.
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Steele could announce his future on Monday
Discussion: TPMDC and The Note
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to hold private conference call
Discussion: The Page
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.
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Associated Press:
Israel says it won't share Jerusalem
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 …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Nadler: Obama gave in to ‘a bunch of gangsters’ in tax deal with GOP  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called Republicans “a bunch of gangsters” who blackmailed Democrats to ensure that the nation's wealthiest retain their tax cuts.  —  Nadler, appearing Sunday morning on CBS' “Face the Nation …
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Huge Bomb Kills 6 U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan  —  ZHARI, Afghanistan — Six American soldiers were killed and more than a dozen American and Afghan soldiers were wounded on Sunday morning when a van packed with explosives detonated beside a small joint outpost in southern Afghanistan.
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Prisoners Strike in Georgia  —  In a protest apparently assembled largely through a network of banned cellphones, inmates across at least six prisons in Georgia have been on strike since Thursday, calling for better conditions and compensation, several inmates and an outside advocate said.
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Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Whitman: Palin quitting governor's job shows ‘attitude’ against constituents
Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel may be embarking on his final term in House of Representatives
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Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow / Boston Globe:
Law lab  —  A radical new idea: what if we tested laws before passing them?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh won't run for governor in 2012
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Ashraf Khan / Associated Press:
Pakistan doctor arrested on blasphemy suspicion
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Angry Birds, Flocking to Cellphones Everywhere
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Frances D'Emilio / Associated Press:
Leaked cables show Ireland ‘offended’ …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Technology and Currency  —  A thought while waiting at the gate …
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
At this point do we have to be hoping for a revolution?
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hullabaloo