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10:30 AM ET, December 13, 2010

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Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
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.
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Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post:
Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How's My Hair? (and, Did AP Lend a Curl?)  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  If I find the fantastically clever Sarah Palin to be one of the shallowest and blatantly self-serving politicians, err, political celebrities I've ever seen …
Daily Mail:
Ready for her close-up... Sarah Palin lands in Haiti (well, she wants to look just right for those poor cholera-stricken residents)  —  Clad in a simple grey T-shirt and cargo pants - but with her trademark hairstyle firmly in place - this is Sarah Palin touring a Haitian refugee camp.
Associated Press:
Palin: Haiti needs ‘military airlift’ of supplies
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Whitman: Palin quitting governor's job shows ‘attitude’ against constituents
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
In Tax Benefits to the Middle, Political Lift for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — With the Senate poised to hold a key vote on Monday on the tax cut deal between President Obama and Republicans, the political jousting has focused on what the agreement does for the wealthy by extending all of the Bush-era tax rates …
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Wall Street Journal:
Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate  —  Supporters Hope Expected Easy Victory Monday Will Build Momentum in House  —  Democrats are predicting that a much-debated tax agreement will clear a crucial hurdle comfortably in the Senate on Monday, with a margin that they hope will add momentum to the deal in the House.
Discussion: Firedoglake, USA Today, CNN and The Hill
Dan Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
Democrats Signal Tax Deal Will Pass House
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Lawmakers predict Senate passage for tax package
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Block Those Metaphors  —  Like it or not — and I don't — the Obama-McConnell tax-cut deal, with its mixture of very bad stuff and sort-of-kind-of good stuff, is likely to pass Congress.  Then what?  —  The deal will, without question, give the economy a short-term boost.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Norm Coleman may enter RNC race  —  Norm Coleman — former U.S. senator from Minnesota, and now chairman of American Action Network and Forum, a key outside GOP group - is likely to enter the race for Republican National Committee chairman now that Michael Steele is expected to announce he will not seek reelection.
Discussion: The Note
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Fox News:
RNC Chairman Steele to Announce He Won't Run for Second Term
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Obama disrespectful to me  —  John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is “engaging” and “smart” — but the speaker-elect is also still smarting over the president's claim that he took taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich.  —  In an interview with Leslie Stahl of …
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Lifehacker:
FAQ: Compromised Commenting Accounts on Gawker Media  —  This weekend we discovered that Gawker Media's servers were compromised, resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot.  If you're a commenter on any of our sites, you probably have several questions.
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Tim Pawlenty / Wall Street Journal:
Government Unions vs. Taxpayers  —  The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment.  —  When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs.
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air, GOP 12 and The Page
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rep. Ron Paul, G.O.P. Loner, Comes In From Cold  —  WASHINGTON — As virtually all of Washington was declaring WikiLeaks's disclosures of secret diplomatic cables an act of treason, Representative Ron Paul was applauding the organization for exposing the United States' “delusional foreign policy.”
David de Sola / CNN:
North Korea campaigned for Eric Clapton performance, cable reveals  —  (CNN) — One of the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks reveals that North Korean officials suggested the U.S. government make arrangements for rock icon Eric Clapton to perform in Pyongyang as a way of building “good will” between the countries.
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: Law Blog, The Foundry, The BLT and RedState
Washington Post:
As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border  —  No other state has produced more guns seized by police in the brutal Mexican drug wars than Texas.  In the Lone Star State, no other city has more guns linked to Mexican crime scenes than Houston.
Fox News:
Breyer: Founding Fathers Would Have Allowed Restrictions on Guns  —  If you look at the values and the historical record, you will see that the Founding Fathers never intended guns to go unregulated, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer contended Sunday.  —  Appearing on “Fox News Sunday …
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 …
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 …
Telegraph:
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 …
Cameron Joseph / NationalJournal.com:
The Interview: Transcript of Mike Huckabee's Conversation With NJ  —  A knee injury is keeping him from running marathons now, but the former GOP presidential candidate says he might have another race in his future.  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he hasn't made up his mind about making another run for president.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Billy Graham / msnbc.com:
Meet the Press transcript for Dec. 12, 2010
Discussion: Shakesville and Althouse
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama should not win reelection in 2012, say 45 percent in new poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bmaz / Emptywheel:
The Misplaced US Determination To Indict Assange
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Bond stays active as he ends a long political career
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Royal Family / Telegraph:
Sweden suicide bombings: warning audio message
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Incest  —  Given the recent news story about father-adult …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Sees Record Revenue in Recovery From Bailout
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Transfer ban for Guantanamo detainees tucked into spending bill
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Associated Press:
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
As U.S. assesses Afghan war, Karzai a question mark
Discussion: The Page
David Barboza / New York Times:
As China Rolls Ahead, Fear Follows
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Holbrooke still in critical condition, ‘fighting through it’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN