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1:35 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 …
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  —  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. …
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: 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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Steele to hold private conference call
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Reality Check  —  The failed attempt by the U.S. to bribe Israel …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Technology and Currency  —  A thought while waiting at the gate at Frankfurt Airport: 20 years ago before the near-universal availability of credit cards and ATMs, having a single currency for Europe would have offered tremendous practical advantages.  You could fly from Dublin to Paris …
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 …
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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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: American Power and Hullabaloo
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
A Columbia professor is arrested for incest …
Discussion: The Other McCain and JustOneMinute
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
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UN climate change talks in Cancun agree a deal
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Christopher Caldwell / Weekly Standard:
Euro Trashed  —  Europe's rendezvous with monetary destiny
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