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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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Palin: Haiti needs ‘military airlift’ of supplies
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Out of Power Soon, and Out of Sorts Now  —  WASHINGTON — As House Democrats met privately to weigh the tax deal negotiated by the White House, an angry chant spontaneously rolled across the room.  —  “Just say no, just say no,” rebellious lawmakers cried.  Vulgar words were aimed at President Obama.
Discussion: RedState and Betsy's Page
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.
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.
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)
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Boehner: ‘I Reject The Word’ Compromise
Discussion: Washington Wire
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 FoxNews.com on Sunday.  —  Fox News has confirmed Steele sent an e-mail …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Norm Coleman may enter RNC race
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breyer: Madison wrote 2nd Amendment to appease the states
Discussion: Verum Serum
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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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.”
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Manchin Supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal, But Will Vote Against It Until World Peace Is Achieved  —  This morning, during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — the only Democrat to support a Republican filibuster of Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
Telegraph:
Stockholm bomber was thrown out of Luton mosque for trying to recruit extremists  —  The Stockholm bomber was thrown out of a mosque in Luton three years ago following a row over his extremist beliefs, it has emerged.  —  Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, tried to recruit other Muslims …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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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.
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.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Incest  —  Given the recent news story about father-adult daughter incest, I thought I'd ask a few questions about adult-adult incest (speaking specifically of parent-child, grandparent-grandchild, or brother-sister, and setting aside cousins and the like):  —  (1) Should it be illegal, and, if so, exactly why?
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Incoming GOP Financial Services Chairman: Washington's Role Is ‘To Serve The Banks’  —  During the financial reform debate, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) — who will become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in the 112th Congress — continually criticized the reform effort.
Discussion: Yglesias, Hullabaloo and Booman Tribune
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Law  —  Support for Health Care Repeal Hits Highest Point Since September  —  Time doesn't seem to be winning the new national health care law any more friends.  Most voters have favored repeal of the law every week since it was passed and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September.
James Verini / Washington Monthly:
Show Him the Money  —  Tom Donohue scares millions of dollars out of corporations and Republicans.  But is his U.S. Chamber of Commerce good for business?  —  homas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has a well-developed talent for self-promotion.
Michelle Malkin:
Operation Buck Up: Stop the DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout  —  The obituary for the DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout is premature.  —  You know this because I've been writing about the ceaseless push to pass this brazen shamnesty plan for years.  —  The Washington Post pronounced it “shelved” over the weekend.
 
 
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