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11:45 AM ET, December 12, 2010

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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 …
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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.
The Hill:
What happens next in the tax standoff: Three scenarios that could take shape  —  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: CNN and Prairie Weather
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Convene CEO Summit  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will convene a one-day summit of corporate chief executives Wednesday as part of a renewed White House effort to build support among business leaders for his economic agenda.  —  Executives from Google, Cisco Systems, Inc. …
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Meet With Executives
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Crooks and Liars and CNN
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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Los Angeles Times:
Suspected bomber dies in Stockholm blasts  —  Two people are injured in the two explosions in the Swedish capital and the apparent bomber is found fatally injured on the sidewalk nearby.  An e-mail to news media threatens to take revenge for Sweden's ‘war against Islam.’
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
Explosions in Stockholm: Suicide Bomber Threatened Swedes, “Pig” Mohammad Cartoonist
Discussion: Moe Lane
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 …
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
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Edwards Eulogized as Defender of Her Family
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 …
NY Daily News:
Mark Madoff, oldest son of Bernie Madoff, hangs himself with dog leash in SoHo apartment  —  Mark Madoff was found dead in his SoHo apartment Saturday morning.  He apparently killed himself with his son in the next room, sources say.  —  The eldest son of disgraced Ponzi schemer Bernard …
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to hold private conference call  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele will hold a private conference call Monday night with members of the national committee at which time he may reveal whether he intends to seek another term atop the party.  —  Steele, who since the election has been mum about his plans …
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
At this point do we have to be hoping for a revolution?
Discussion: American Power and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Eric Holder Tells Muslim Group Stings Are ‘Essential’
Discussion: Firedoglake and War in Context
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
A Columbia professor is arrested for incest …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
The Fed? Ron Paul's Not a Fan.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
What Works in the Classroom? Ask the Students
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
DADT Repeal: Do Not Blame Obama
Discussion: Balloon Juice
BBC:
UN climate change talks in Cancun agree a deal
Discussion: Telegraph, Firedoglake and Biased BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Caldwell / Weekly Standard:
Euro Trashed  —  Europe's rendezvous with monetary destiny
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
New Challenges for Obama's Education Agenda in the Face of a G.O.P.-Led House
Cubachi:
This exists: Vladimir Putin sings Fats Domino's “Blueberry Hill”
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Rep.-Elect Kristi Noem Delivers Republican Weekly Address (Video)
Discussion: American Power and sisu
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Veep Favorite