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9:10 AM ET, December 13, 2010


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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.
Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post:
Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How's My Hair? …
Discussion: Verum Serum
Associated Press:
Palin: Haiti needs ‘military airlift’ of supplies
Discussion: The Politico and Politics Daily
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Whitman: Palin quitting governor's job shows ‘attitude’ against constituents
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)  —  Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who cried during an emotional speech on election night, let the tears flow once again in an interview with Leslie Stahl of “60 Minutes” which aired Sunday.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Time, The Daily Dish, Marbury and The Page
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: USA Today
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Lawmakers predict Senate passage for tax package
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fox News:
RNC Chairman Steele to Announce He Won't Run for Second Term  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to announce he will drop out of the highly contested race to keep his post, sources told on Sunday.  —  Fox News has confirmed Steele sent an e-mail …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Cameron Joseph /
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 …
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.”
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Transfer ban for Guantanamo detainees tucked into spending bill  —  The Senate is expected to consider a provision this week that would block the Obama administration from bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States for trial, including the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
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: The BLT and RedState
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”.
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.
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.
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
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Breyer: Founding Fathers Would Have Allowed Restrictions on Guns
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama's reelection campaign could hit billion-dollar mark
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bush v. Gore, 10 years later
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Power Line
Associated Press:
'I'm not a witch' picked as top quote of year
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
As U.S. assesses Afghan war, Karzai a question mark
Discussion: The Page
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As China Rolls Ahead, Fear Follows
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Holbrooke still in critical condition, ‘fighting through it’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Richard Sisk / NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel may be embarking on his final term in House of Representatives
Discussion: HotAirPundit and JammieWearingFool
Sarah Wheaton / New York Times:
Prisoners Strike in Georgia
Discussion: TalkLeft