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6:45 AM ET, December 13, 2010


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Media Creates New Palin Scandal!  Sarah Accused of Bringing Hairdresser on Haiti Trip  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin traveled to Haiti this weekend as a guest of the Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse to spotlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the earthquake and cholera-stricken Caribbean (half an) island nation.
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Whitman: Palin quitting governor's job shows ‘attitude’ against constituents  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) said Sunday that Sarah Palin can't win a nationwide run for the White House, and pointed to the fact that the former Alaska governor left mid-term as an impediment to her support.
Daily Mail:   Ready for her close-up... Sarah Palin lands in Haiti (well …
Sweden suicide bomber: Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly was living in Britain  —  An Islamic suicide bomber who attacked Christmas shoppers in Sweden at the weekend is a British university graduate and was living in this country until two weeks ago.  —  The suicide bomb in Stockholm is thought …
Daily Mail:
Suicide bomber who killed himself in Stockholm terrorist blasts …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Obama disrespectful to me  —  John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is engaging, smart and brilliant but also remains smarted by the president accusing him of taking taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich.  —  In an interview with Leslie Stahl of “60 Minutes” …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Commenting Accounts Compromised — Change Your Passwords  —  Our user databases appear to have been compromised.  The passwords were encrypted.  But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack.  You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords.
Arsonist Strikes on Cape Cod, Leaves Calling Card: ‘F—k the Rich’  —  I blame the class warfare rhetoric of the Democrats for these incidents of arson.  Maybe if the left didn't demonize wealthy people so much they wouldn't stoke such hatred in their supporters.
Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
Next Week in Politics  —  Last week was an extraordinary week in politics.  Fairly ordinary business led to high-school levels of angst and drama, including the Democratic civil war, a presidential abdication, and an honest-to-Buddha filibuster.  One of my coworkers sagely observed …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Steele to Reveal Whether He Wants to Keep His G.O.P. Job
Discussion: Riehl World View
Fhardingj / CNN:
Steele could announce his future on Monday
Discussion: TPMDC, The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Julian Assange Boasted About ‘Asian Teengirl Stalkers’ In Online Dating Profile  —  Discussion of Julian Assange's sex life of late has focused on the rape and sexual molestation charges filed against him by two Swedish women.  But he was once a nerdy Australian posting on OKCupid under the pseudonym “Harry Harrison”.
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Economists Predict Growth in 2011  —  Economists have grown more optimistic about the outlook for U.S. growth next year, predicting the expansion will accelerate as 2011 progresses, according to the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.  —  The 55 respondents, not all of whom answer …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judge to Rule on Health Law's Constitutionality  —  A Virginia federal judge is expected to rule Monday on whether the Obama administration's health law violates the Constitution, opening a new stage in the administration's defense of its biggest legislative achievement.
Discussion: RedState
David Barboza / New York Times:
As China Rolls Ahead, Fear Follows  —  For nearly two years, China's turbocharged economy has raced ahead with the aid of a huge government stimulus program and aggressive lending by state-run banks.  —  But a growing number of economists now worry that China — the world's fastest growing economy …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Web Focus Helps Revitalize Atlantic  —  WASHINGTON — How did a 153-year-old magazine — one that first published the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and gave voice to the abolitionist and transcendentalist movements — reinvent itself for the 21st century?  —  By pretending it was a Silicon Valley start …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Holbrooke still in critical condition, ‘fighting through it’  —  One of President Obama's top foreign policy advisers was still in critical condition Sunday after 20 hours of emergency surgery that began Friday to repair a torn aorta.  —  Richard Holbrooke, the president's special envoy …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Associated Press:
Israel says it won't share Jerusalem
Michelle Malkin:
Bomb attack in Sweden: The Cartoon Jihad never ends  —  When I last wrote in May about Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilk, targeted by the Religion of Perpetual Outrage for drawing Mohammed as a dog, I reminded you: … They're at it again.  Cartoon jihadists hit Stockholm yesterday in a suicide bombing.
Discussion: New York Times and Fausta's Blog
Stockholm blasts: Sweden probes ‘terrorist attack’
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Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Venezuela acquires 1,800 antiaircraft missiles from Russia
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel may be embarking on his final term in House of Representatives
Discussion: HotAirPundit and JammieWearingFool
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Law lab  —  A radical new idea: what if we tested laws before passing them?
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Prisoners Strike in Georgia
Discussion: TalkLeft
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